Most of us have had a job that we don’t feel like is going anywhere. Maybe the job is okay, but it’s not something that you want to do forever. Or, maybe you don’t want to stay in the industry you’re working in. But even if you don’t feel like your job has long-term potential, it is helping you learn skills that will help you with future employment. If you feel like you’re in a “dead end” job, read below to learn why every job is just part of the journey, and what to do if you feel like you’re stuck.
It doesn’t matter if you are in an entry-level position, or if you’re the manager at a company. The majority of jobs will help you gain experience and skills that will help you as you grow in or start a career. Jobs are a great place to:
- Meet people – Working gives you an opportunity to get to learn teamwork and collaboration. Working with others improves your communication skills. Your colleagues may also be able to help you find future positions by making introductions or being a reference.
- Get your foot in the door – Maybe you’re not in your ideal job, but you like the company you’re working for. Often, if you work hard and express interest in a future with the company, managers will notice. When new positions open up, businesses typically look to promote from within.
- Gain skills – There is value in gaining on-the-job experience, regardless of the job. Each day you go to work, you are learning more about how to do your job well and about the industry and company you’re working in.
- Learn responsibility – Jobs teach you about being punctual, accountability, how to be flexible, the importance of a good attitude, and other skills that are valuable in any position. It’s also a good way to build your resume; employment, any employment, looks better than no work history.
Keep these things in mind as you work, but also continue to look for opportunities to grow in your career. If you’re in a position you don’t see a future with, make sure you’re taking initiative to steer your career in a place you do want to go. To avoid remaining stuck in a job you don’t like, you can:
- Take initiative – It’s easy to get stuck in routines and just go through the motions each day. Instead, take an active part in your job. Set your own goals and deadlines that will exceed the expectations of your supervisors.
- Stay positive – Keep in mind that your position is temporary. Even if it’s not something you enjoy, focus on the benefits of the position. Remind yourself that you are getting something out of the position.
- Speak up – Make sure your employer knows that you’re interested in new opportunities. Express that you’re grateful for your current position, but would like to branch out even more. Be clear and professional about your intentions.
Every job isn’t going to be perfect, but there’s always a bright side. Sometimes there might be a bump in the road, but eventually, with enough commitment and hard work, you’ll find the position that’s right for you.