CAREER DEVELOPMENT / FEB. 12, 2016
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What The Wrong Job Can Teach You

If you’ve been unemployed long enough, you are probably at your wits end. You probably feel like there’s no sense of purpose in your life, and with money running ever so low, you are probably feeling like a waste of time and space. With that mindset all you probably wish for is a job –any job- that will pay the bills, keep you occupied and make you feel important.

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We’ve all been there; we just wanted to get a job thinking that it will be the end to all of our problems, we dreamt of engaging with colleagues, and doing meaningful work, so we started sending resumes to any job we could. Eventually, we did get a job; one of the many companies we sent our resumes out to agreed to see us in person, so we dressed up, we prepared for our interview, and we arrived there. And even though there was a feeling in our gut telling us that we didn’t belong there, we ignored it, and we set out to impress them. And impress them we did, because at the end of the interview we got a job offer, and we simply couldn’t resist it because we had that dream of being employed somewhere. But for most of us, this tactic proved to be wrong because we never belonged to in workplace environment we agreed to work in.

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, don’t feel bad, the wrong job can teach you a whole lot about yourself and about what you want, so it’s always a valuable experience.

1. You Should Never Settle

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I know, it’s easy to say ‘don’t settle’ when you are not in a situation where you don’t know if you are going to be able to pay next month’s rent. But the truth is you should never go for a job you don’t want because it’s bound to make you miserable.

We spend the biggest portion of our day at work, so it’s important to be in a place where we want to be. This does not only make us better people to work with, but it also makes us better at our jobs.

2. You Will Understand What You Want Out of Work

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Sometimes the best way to find out what you want is through trial and error. If you find yourself in a workplace where you are truly unhappy, think of what it is that’s making you miserable. Write it down and then decide if the opposite end of the spectrum would make you happy. For example, if you find that you seriously dislike customer relations, next time you look for a job you’ll know what to avoid.

3. You Will Learn to Move On

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Quitting a job is always hard, it always makes you feel insecure and uncertain. However, if you find yourself in the wrong job, you’ll sooner or later realize that you need to move on. This will teach you that it is sometimes necessary to take risks and that you shouldn’t be too frighten to jump ship. It will also teach you how to handle relationships with former employees and how to be thankful for the opportunities being given to you; this will prove to be essential for your future in the business world as you will learn how to network and how to handle proper business etiquette.

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If you find yourself in the wrong job, remember that it’s not the end of the world. It’s happened to so many of us. You simply need to take what you can from this opportunity and move on to greener pastures.

What about you? What has the wrong job taught you? Share with us in the comment section below.

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