It’s normal to get tired of your job. Do something often enough, and there will be days when the stress will wear you down; there will be days that you'll just want to run home and leave everything behind. But what should you do if those bad days have become the norm?
Everyone goes through the same experience at some point in their lives, no matter how good they are at what they do and no matter how much they love their jobs. Before deciding to hand in that resignation letter, here are some things you might want to try: Talk to family and friends to get their advice. More importantly, talk to your supervisor about the challenges you’re encountering at work. Perhaps there are changes that need to be made, such as hiring additional people to bear the work load.
You may also ask for a break. Being away from the stress may help you think clearly. A vacation may help ease some tension. A change in environment may help renew your passion for work.
But if you’ve done these and you still feel demotivated, you may want to do some research. What do you want to do? What do you want to try? List them down. If you know of people who are working in similar jobs, talk to them. Sit down and ask them about their work. Understand what they do – the challenges, the perks. Get as much information as you can. Reflect if this is what you want.
For your next steps, ask! Is the job available in your current office? Talk to your supervisor or HR if it’s possible to do a transfer. Some companies are open to lateral transfers because they want to keep good and loyal people.
If the job is unavailable in your current employment or lateral transfer is not possible, do further research. Job search sites are the best source of information. Find out what qualities and skills are required for the job. Similar positions or jobs have similar qualifications. Compare your resume with what employers are looking for.
Now, determine if you have sufficient training on the new job you’re eyeing. There might be training programs within your current employment that will help develop the skills you need. Sign up for them! Look for training courses outside. If you look in the right place, you are likely to find seminars or short courses offered by training agencies or schools. Become qualified!
Once you are qualified, start applying. Perhaps this will be the start of a new career.
If it’s business that you want to pursue, start working on it after office or on the weekends. Share your plans with family and friends. They can support you by helping you financially. They can even join your endeavor. Your family and friends might also have the skills that you need for your business to flourish. They can act as mentors or they can connect you to people who can help you. Either way, don't be afraid to ask for help. Talk to friends who pursued their own businesses. You can glean some wisdom from them. Ask for tips and find out about their challenges. Learn from them as much as you can.
These ideas can help you gauge if you’re just in a rut, or if it's time to shift to another position and pursue your path to happiness and fulfillment.
*Pamela Lloren is a Certified Public Accountant. She has recently shifted careers and is currently teaching accounting and finance subjects at the University of the Philippines.