So you’re a 20-something and stuck at a job you don’t like because:
- a. It wasn’t your first choice and
- b. It was something your parents signed you up for in the first place.
What are you supposed to do? Do you just suck it up and deal with it the rest of your life, hoping one that you get a new boss who I don’t know just doesn’t like the way you smell or something and instantly—yet also unceremoniously–fires you and can move on? Or do stop keeping your frustrations to yourself and just get out and go find something else to do. Do you need a better reason to do so? I’ve written down a couple down:
1. Relocation: Seeing and going somewhere new.
By now you’ve been in your undesired job for a few years now–hell, even a few days is enough–and you know the area like the back of your hand. And like the back of your hand it’s not much to talk about; everything is the same and will continue to be the same. “Variety is the spice of life” and you need to be somewhere else new and exciting. If you have a car then it’s time to drive somewhere your unfamiliar with your resume and good tie in hand. If you don’t have a car then take the bus or subway, if you’re used to the bus ride to work then take a different one. Explore your surroundings–and your options.
2. Meeting new people: Preferably your own age.
One of the many reasons a job isn’t the job for you is that there’s no one around to relate to. Everyone’s older than you and has work there for longer, making you feel like this, too, is where you should be for the rest of your life. You need something with people who share the same interests as you to liven up the hours from clock-in to clock-in. Who knows? Maybe you all can be friends outside of work and hang out and help each achieve the goals you all want in the first place.
3. Change in uniform: Or no uniform at all!
We’re all a little fashion conscious and nothing bruises the ego more than having to wear the same gaudy outfit every day and having people see you in it, particularly when it’s your one day off of the week and nobody recognizes you without your checked-listed approve khakis and worn out name tag. It’s okay to express yourself in however way you see fit and a new job with a dress code more suitable (hehe, clothing pun) to your taste can help with that, as well as your disposition to customers.
4. Showing that you’re making progress in life.
Going back to the idea that the job you’re currently in is nothing more than something your parents thought of while you couldn’t think of anything better at the time, getting a new job on your own is good to show to mom and dad that you’re growing as a person and are taking the steps to becoming a grown and mature adult. And venturing out into the unknown is good for yourself because it’ll prove that you can do anything you set your mind to.
5. It’ll look good on your resume.
You’re young, full of ideas, and above all else versatile. You want to try new things and prove what you’re capable of and want others to know it. Perhaps you’re also always kicking yourself for not doing better in school; actually going out and learning new skills can let you kick your GPA in the ass and stick your tongue out at your SAT score(s.)
6. Gives you something fresh to write about.
Who doesn’t have a blog now and who doesn’t want to appear to have rich, fulfilling life to transcribe to others? You don’t want to be the sour puss who whines about having nothing to write about and/or thinks their life isn’t all that interesting when comparing his/her self to others. This brings us to the next reason:
7. Because all of your friends on Facebook — whom you haven’t seen since high school — are living their lives and you want to stop being jealous of them.
Comparing yourself to others is the sure fire way to depress yourself into submission when you feel that you’re not doing what you believe you should be doing. Instead of always commenting on your old buddy’s pictures of his self, girlfriend and their new dog having a blast in another country with the reply, “I wish I was having that kind of fun” or something snarky and passive aggressive, you need to reevaluate yourself and start looking for a new career path.
8. Because you just want a new job, dammit!
Because you know for a fact that the job you’re in isn’t for you and need to change that fact. The world won’t stop for you and your gripes so it’s time to start catching up with it and have the courage to take the risk of leaving a secure job for something bolder. It doesn’t matter how much it pays nor how many hours your given because it’ll be the job you wanted.
9. Because you’re not always this bitter and angry — you’re actually quite dope, yo!
Are you afraid that if you get a new job then you’ll lose your “edge” and can’t be a sarcastic cynic who acts above everyone else for reason? Will the change reveal that you’re actually a pretty caring and nice person who likes the company of others–and most importantly, yourself–because you’re really a very capable and very intelligent young individual who doesn’t want to always come off as a cranky prick who does nothing but complain about life but then choose to not actively do anything about it?
The answers can’t be anything but “yes!”