Originally Posted by in stitches
+1 man. i know how it feels and my heart goes out to you. each year i get older it gets worse. but it will improve. at least thats what people tell me.
Fortunately, I don't have it as bad as what you describe. On its face, my job isn't bad. In fact, if you're the type who just wants to come in, do a fairly straightforward job, and go home, it's probably great, but that's not me. I can't count how many times I've thought, "I went to grad school for this
!?" It may sound funny to some people, but I'd rather have to really, really work than to have a job where there's nothing to push me. The problem is that I'm not even remotely challenged, and I need that desperately both for personal contentment and to inspire me to better-quality production.
Plus, because all of the people above me, both in seniority and time in position, there's basically no room for advancement here.
There are also some other complaints I have about the way we're managed, the piss-poor quality of some of my coworkers, and some other stuff, but that would all be much less bothersome if I had a job I enjoyed.
I'm hopeful it will improve. I view what I'm doing now as paying my dues and earning a paycheck while I set myself up for the next, positive, move.
Originally Posted by Thomas
I know the feeling. This year, however, is going to be different.
I'm telling myself the same thing. I've been pursuing other options off and on, but my mantra is fast becoming "this year will not end like it started."
Originally Posted by Piobaire
You just have to come to terms with the fact work sucks. There is little personal satisfaction to be gained from a job other than the life it allows you to lead. Put in that perspective and I think it helps, well, at least it helped me. I'm not saying stop trying to advance, etc., I'm just saying don't pay attention to the malarky about jobs bringing meaning to your life, etc.
I've definitely come to terms with that. There's no question I'd rather be a trust-fund kid who leads a life of leisure, but I think there's something to be said for not dreading work on Monday. Honestly, I'm just looking for something that will bring me professional fulfillment, which is distinct from life fulfillment, and where I am is definitely not providing that.
I suppose the short version is that I know I'm probably never going to look forward to going to work on Monday, but I have to believe there's a job out there that will at least help me avoid the pit-of-my-stomach feeling I get every Sunday evening.
Also, life as a mid-level bureaucrat in a mid-size government is definitely
not providing the means to live the life I'd like to lead.