It is quite difficult to work unhappy, yet many people do. A Gallup Poll released in September of 2017 states that 85% of people in the workforce hate their jobs. Forbes magazine reported saying, “work is more often a source of frustration than fulfillment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers.” This states to me that the cause of unhappiness in the workplace is not often extrinsic but intrinsic. Work should be something you love but it’s hard to love something you never wanted to do.
Now, there is a question at hand that is important to take note and that is, “how do you measure happiness in the workplace?” We’ll talk about that in another blog!
I feel that one of the reasons for this influx of unhappy workers is the lack of opportunity offered to students after receiving their Bachelor’s degree. It’s not that graduate students are underemployed, it is the mere fact that these students are not getting jobs in their field of study. The Washington Post stated that “only 27% of college graduates have a job related to their major.” It’s a safe assessment to say that graduate students settling for jobs not related to their major leads to dissatisfaction on their job.
It is important to note that it is a blessing to have a job but it is also a blessing to be able to have options to find the right job for you. I am inclined to say that no one is stuck on a job. The Millennial generation, I feel, has found a loophole. In an article by Amy Adkins called, The Millennials: The Job-Hopping Generation, she revealed that a recent Gallup Poll reorted that 21% of Millennials have changed jobs within the past year. The Gallup Poll also reported that 60% of Millennials are open to finding different job opportunities. If you’re unhappy on your job, then happy hunting!
The process of finding another job can be taxing and to be honest, it’s scary, but will all be worth it in the long run. I want to dispel the myth that having multiple jobs on a resume for short periods of time (i.e. 1 1/2 years) hurts your chances of getting a new job. In 2018, as Millennials take over the workplace, job-hopping is now seen as a way to learn about different organizations and build relationships among colleagues which will benefit you later on in your career. I’m not saying, jump ship at the sign of adversity but what I am saying is that if you find yourself hating your job and wanting to move up in your career then take a risk and find that next opportunity.
Let me say this, master what you do now before you think about moving forward. Most employers are looking at your skill set, your social skills, how you can adapt and what you can do to enhance their organization. You don’t have to limit yourself by settling for a job or employer you are unhappy with so reach beyond the norm and search for opportunities that better suits your current situation.
No matter what people tell you, you reach for how high you’re worth. If you know you’re worth more, then reach higher. If you know that you deserve a promotion, then apply and go after it. It’s up to you to determine how far you go in life. It’s up to you to determine if you value loyalty on your job rather than your own sanity. If you hate your job, look for another one until you find the right job for you.