Hey ya, Kally,
I read so many great things about you and I thought I’d throw in my problem for you to solve as well.
Really, I’m at the end of the road here. I have been working for my company for almost 9 years. That is since graduation. Never once I love my job. Not that I hate it but you know, it’s just something that brings food to the table.
I know, I know, a lot of my friends are saying I’m wasting my life on something I don’t even like to do. I’m an administrator and the only one in my company so that’s utterly no career prospects whatsoever. But I stayed because the salary is good, the benefits are great and my boss is very understanding and a nice chap. 2 years ago, my mother had a car accident and was bedridden for a month, he actually allows me to work from home for two months to care for her.
To tell you the truth, my boss knows I don’t really fit in the company nor my current role but he hasn’t done anything about it so it’s really up to me. That is if I want to push the envelope. I don’t know even where to go if I leave this company. Maybe it is just, all the same, to stay put where I am. It’s a scary world out there, isn’t it?
I love to hear your point of view on all these. Should I stay or should I bid farewell?
Lots of Blessings,
Thank you for keeping in touch all these while.
I hear you loud and clear. I know taking a leap is a very big step into the unknown. Especially when you have been in your job for the past 9 years. 9 years! Within that timeframe, you didn’t move anywhere in the company, you didn’t learn a new skill and to quote you, your boss knows what’s going on and couldn’t help you.
I’d usually advice to go for a smaller change – maybe to move within your company, get a different role because it is easier with a familiar environment and culture is probably going to be the same. But it seems to me that over 9 years, nobody except your boss thinks that it is okay for you to stay stagnant in the same position. Not even HR interfere.
Hmm.. then I’ll say take the leap and go for something you will enjoy working for.
Before you leap blindly, search in your heart on the things you really enjoy doing. We don’t want you to blindly grope your way into another administrator role in a similar fashioned company. Go and challenge yourself. Travel. Be inspired. Then find your burning passion. Hunt down the job that fuels that passion.
Sitting at your desk, being complacent and slowly merging into that black leather of your office chair isn’t going to be good for you. Life is about challenges, excitement and epic adventures. I think you already felt that this job is weighing your heart down, otherwise, you wouldn’t have written to me and continue to be blindly blissful.
I wish you all the best in your search for career happiness. Yes, you can actually be happy while you work.
For more career advice, please write to me at Kally@MiddleMe.net.
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