What to do when you hate your job

I have had a lot of jobs in my lifetime that I have absolutely hated. And I think that is a bad thing as we end up spending more time at work each day than we do with people that we love or that doing things that we actually enjoy.

So, the question is, what do you do about it? If you hate your job, what happens next?

My girlfriend’s mother seems to think that you “just need to find something that you love outside of work.” And that “no one likes their job.”

I do not necessarily agree with that.

I do however think that there are a lot of people in a situation like mine where a lot of debt dictates that you need to stay in a job that you do not like just to pay the bills. And I do not hate my current job, but I do not love it either.

If you are stuck in a job that you hate – whether it is for reasons like debt or just because there are no other jobs available or whatever – the first thing you need to do is to make a game plan.

Figure out why you took the job and why you are still there. Once you have that all figured out you need to look for ways out. Let’s say you took the job because you needed to make a certain amount to pay the bills and you are still there because of debt. Clearly to get out of the job you need to pay down the debt. So, the way out would be having less or no debt.

For me, I am in my current job for two reasons – debt and because I was unemployed and it was the first thing that came along. I am staying because it pays better than my last job which means it will speed up the debt pay off. The silver lining is that once that debt is paid down it will decrease the amount of money needed to live on each month. And that in turn means that for the first time in about 10 years I will be able to look for a job that I actually enjoy!

So, when you hate your job, here are some tips to help you get through it:

  • Focus on the end result that you hope to achieve instead of your current misery.
  • Look for some skills at your job that you can learn to help you to get out of that job.
  • Look for specifics on what you hate and try to change it- if it’s your boss, see if you can transfer to a new department for instance
  • Remember that it is just temporary and that you can change it