The idea of taking a new job or heading in a new career path can seem so exciting and fresh.You’re really looking for that “growth” that you speak so highly of in your job interview. However, there is an old saying goes “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side” and that has never rang more true than when you take a new job.
Newsflash: most jobs you take will absolutely SUCK.
I do not mince my words and this is a known fact. Once you get into your job coming off that honeymoon phase, reality sets in and you’re realizing, “Oh shit, this is not what I expected/wanted.”
That is totally normal. Whether you realize that your job is in fact a dead end job, there is no actual upward mobility, or you can’t stand the people you work with, you always have to find ways to make the most of the job you have until you get a new one.
Luckily for you, I have quite a lot of experience in faking it till you’re making it, so here are my tips for making the most out of your job while you’re stuck in.
1. Network Your Behind Off
Take advantage of any and all networking opportunities within your industry or in your surround area. Networking, even if you’re the most introverted person you know, will help you immensely. Talking to complete strangers and selling yourself is practice for job interviews. Even if you’re networking event doesn’t have any successful job prospects, you’re putting yourself out there and someone is going to remember you (as long as you made a good impression.) It is my firm belief that landing a good job is based on WHO you know and NOT what you know.
2. Don’t Get Close With The People You Work With
If you are working in a job that you absolutely hate or are looking to leave immediately, my biggest piece of advice is to NOT befriend your coworkers. This may sound crazy and anti-social, but here me out. The less you know about your co-workers and peers, the easier it will be to detach from the job and seek employment elsewhere. While you should always be polite and cordial, that doesn’t mean you need to know every last detail of your co-workers pregnancy nightmare. If anything, think of your co-workers as obstacles to your happiness, and in order to achieve happiness, you need to avoid them.
3. Set A “Savings” Amount You Want To Earn Before You Leave
If you’re a struggling millennial (don’t lie, you probably are) then money seems to come and go faster than the popularity than a SoundCloud rapper. Figure out how much money you want to “net” in your savings account before you quit your job, especially if you don’t have another job lined up. Personally, I have quit my job before and blew most of my savings on a very extravagant 5 week self-care trip to Australia and New Zealand, but every crappy job I had was worth it. If you know you have financial responsibilities, you want to think about every day of work as an opportunity to not be broke or have to ask your parents for money. Your financial success is sometimes more important than the fact you don’t like your job.
4. Stay Off Social Media
You may be thinking to yourself, what does this have to do with making the most out of your job. I will tell you it has EVERYTHING to do with making the most out of a job you absolutely can’t stand. We’re all victims of FOMO and longing for what our friends and peers have that we don’t. Their fancy vacations that never seem to end and their amazing lives they post for social media.
Unfortunately, that is a snapshot and curated post about their amazing time but those same people are probably actually struggling as well. Don’t EVER base your happiness and desire for a better life based on other people. That will never end well.
There are a lot of jobs we take over our lifetimes that we regret later on down the line, but they also serve as building blocks and foundations for the future that we want. The 9-5 life is what 99% are going to be living and breathing, so if you’re not willing to put in the work, you’re going to be facing an uphill battle.