Try Me: I Hate My Job, What Do I Do?

By : Laura Argintar   on February 28, 2015

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Hi LARG,

Happy New Year…

I have been stuck in a career rut for the past few years. I don’t like my job, and I can’t get over it using the excuse, “But at least it pays well” because it doesn’t. On top of that, I just don’t enjoy what I’m doing.

Since I’m strapped for spare cash, I’m not able to pursue the things that make me happy, like traveling, going out and learning new things. I can no longer be happy for my friends because I’m jealous and upset that they’re able to do those things I can’t.

Every birthday that passes is another reminder that I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I’ve started avoiding my friends’ parties because it’s too painful for me.

I’ve met with career advisors. I have a very good vision of what I want my career and life to look like. I guess I’m just having a hard time finding positions and knowing where to start to achieve these goals.

In the past, I have been very good at getting what I want after hard-work and determination. Now, why, is there this halt? I have an impressive degree and I still can’t land a dream job, or at least one that pays well and involves a lot of travel.

Every year that goes by without a step forward chips away at my confidence and self-assurance. I’m ready to throw in the towel and just give up on setting big goals. Maybe that’s not for me.

I feel very lost. How can I get back on track?

Sincerely,

Not-so-happy-New-Year
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