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Ask an Expert CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JAN. 26, 2017
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I am stuck in a dead-end job. What should I do?

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Hi, I was wondering if you can help me. I have been working as a social media manager at a famous company for the last three years, but it feels like I haven’t gained any experience. The problem is that I don’t get many responsibilities - other than the repetitive tasks I have been doing since I first started working here, which is updating the company’s online content and scheduling posts. At first, I found this exciting, but now it feels dull and monotonous. I know that this is kind of what signed up for in the first place, but I also thought that there would be opportunities for professional development.

Right now I am not sure about what to do. Should I go back to job hunting or stay here and just go with it? I don’t want to be stuck in a job with little to no possibility for career progression.

Kyriaki says:

I understand your frustration, and it makes perfect sense to feel this way. It is a dilemma that many people struggle with especially at the start of their careers. From what you are telling me, it looks like you are a person who tries to give 100 per cent and this is exactly the kind of attitude you need to succeed in any job. So if you feel that it’s time for you to go and continue your professional journey, then you need to start looking for another job.  

To me, it’s quite clear that you want to try something else, but it looks like you are not quite sure that quitting your job is the right thing to do. If you have tried talking to your boss about it and he/she won’t give you more responsibilities or promote you to a higher position, then there is no other choice.

Sure, the idea of going back to job hunting can be scary, but you can’t progress professionally unless you take that step. Getting a job with an employer that offers you the kind of professional development you want will make you happy and give you the best chance of getting the experience necessary to reach the top.

But before you jump into the job hunt, you need to figure out what you want. What kind of job can you get with your qualifications and skills? Where do you want to go from here? Do your three years of experience count for something and can get you a job in the same or another field? Write down what you need/want and make a plan on how to get there.

Don’t forget that caring about your professional development isn’t selfish. If you feel that you gave everything to this company and it’s time to move on, then it’s time to go. Let us know what your decision is!

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