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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

Working long term in an industry or position that you hate isn't a part of life. That's what suckers who can't do better (or who just aren't ambitious enough to try to do better) say to explain why their lives suck without blaming themselves. You've got a few options:

1) If you like the company or see potential in higher positions, take action to find out what you need to do to get promoted. If it still sounds good, then focus on that instead of how much you hate your current job, and get it done.

2a) If you just want out of the company, then figure out how much money you'll need in your bank account as a safety net, and quit once you have it.

2b) Find a way to get interviews with companies that you're interested in (it's not as hard as people make it seem like it is IF you work for've got a master's degree for fxck's sake!), and quit when you've accepted an offer.

3) If all of that is too much to ask, then just quit and hope for the best. If the job's as bad as you say that it is, then quit. You don't have to stay.

If you won't do any of these things, then just suck it up, and stop whining. A person with relevant education, relevant work experience and the know-how to market themselves will always be able to find jobs.

I agree, and of course, given that most people will spend a significant chunk of their lives at work, it's obviously a good thing if you don't hate what you are doing.

I do think, however, that this idea of "I hate my job and need to find another one" is a very recent construct. Having said that, it's not a bad thing, just quite different from the past.

I think that more and more nowadays, we identify with our jobs and thus it becomes much more important that we like (or at the very least, don't hate) what we do.

Looking back at past decades, this didn't happen nearly as much. Men who were miners, mill-workers or boilermakers had dark, dirty and dangerous jobs, but they didn't identify with those jobs and seek happiness and satisfaction through work. At least in the UK, mill towns or mining towns frequently had "working men's associations" where men would go after work to paint, to play musical instruments, to write and to read. Quite often there would be a mill or colliery band, or an artist's association. These people had awful jobs, but they looked beyond the jobs and found meaning in family and hobbies.

It's the same in the OP's case. Sure, if he really hates his job, he should look at changing it. But your job is not your life, and even though you don't necessarily enjoy what you do, it's not the end of your life - you can look for meaning and enjoyment outside work through sport, music, art, friends and so on.