A friend confessed to me the other day that she’s unhappy in her current job. The news came as a surprise to me; she’s working in upper management, in a field that she loves, in a gorgeous part of the country, with a short commute that many would envy. The problem? Her field is changing, rapidly, and that means she can’t do her job the way she was taught to do it as a young professional. And that’s making her miserable.
Given the current job market — and what I imagine is probably a pretty hefty salary that she’s pulling down — it’s tempting for me to tell my friend to count both her blessings and the few short years she has until retirement. But that’s kind of like telling someone with morning sickness that it only lasts three months (I used to feel like kicking people who told me that when I was pregnant).
It occurs to me there’s probably a lot of people not enjoying their jobs right now. But since we’re in the midst of a recession, it may seem hard to cope. The job market’s tight. Lots of people are short on cash. It’s not a good time to either jump ship or get whiney.
So over the next week I’m going to write a few blogs about how to cope with hating your jobs during these hard times. Drop me a note or post a comment if you have advice — or questions. If I don’t know the answer, I promise I’ll find out.