Friday, 22 July 2016

How to Cope in A Job You Hate

A few steps you can take to cope in a job you hate

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How am I going to cope today? I’m sure we have all been there, waking up on a Monday morning dreading making the commute to a job you just can’t cope in. I totally understand how you feel, I myself had that feeling on several occasions. However I decided to take back the control of my situation  and left the job I hated and you can free yourself from the dread. I went in search of my dream career, and I’m so glad I did, working in the career of your dreams is amazing and is certainly possible. However, it’s not always as easy as handing in your letter of resignation, walking out into the unknown and not looking back. Bills, living costs, travel, social life ect are a reality we can’t escape and that’s the reason any job exits must be approached sensibly. Whilst you are still working at a job you hate there are a few things you can do to make it a little easier to bare. 

Separate work from your personal life- when you leave work don’t talk about work, the best way to cope with a job you hate is to stop talking about it when you’re not there. Once you have walked out of your place of employment it’s time to step into your personal life. Find new hobbies, do the things you love and focus on your future aspirations as opposed to your current situation.

Look forward to payday – focus on that lovely day when your efforts pay off and your wages arrive into your bank account. Your monthly wages might not be as abundant as you’d like but be grateful for the money you have earned. Keep working hard and one day you will have the wages you can smile about.

Be grateful- although the job may be difficult to cope in and is responsible for causing you stress; keep in mind the fact that you are lucky to have a job in the first place. There are thousands of people searching for a job and daily get hit with countless rejections. View your current job as a stepping stone towards the career you will love (all in good timing).

Look for another job- if you hate your job to the point that you can no longer bare it, it’s time to start looking for a new one. There’s a great thing about looking for another job whilst being employed; it offers you the security that you will still get paid on pay day, along with the excitement of seeking out the job you really want. A word of warning; play your cards close to your chest, be mindful who you share your plans of departure with. This is definitely not a topic that needs to be discussed in the staff room, until you have signed the contract for your new job and given in your letter of resignation keep it on a need to know basis.

You may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, but if you use some of the above tips, going to work will be a little easier to cope with. I’d love to hear some of you coping strategies, please feel free to comment below.
Sade Stephens

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