What to do when you are stuck in a job you hate

By Faeza
25 October 2016

BEING stuck in a job that doesn’t satisfy you anymore can make you miserable. However, you need to be careful before making any major decisions about your career as the job market is unstable and jobs are very scarce. According to Matshidiso Maseko, a psychologist based in Benoni, in the East Rand, before you call it quits at your current

job, you need to think about why you fell in lovewith that career in the first place. She advises that you should also look at what is happening in your personal life that could be contributing to your misery at your current job.


An expert gives tips on how to cope if you don’t like your current job

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“I would advise an individual to first check their relationships – be it with their spouses, children or friends – before they can make any decisions. When some people are unhappy in their personal lives, they tend to bring their issues to the workplace and get confused about why they are unhappy,” says Matshidiso. She adds that moving to a different division might also help, instead of quitting your job. “If you are still not satisfied or productive there, then maybe it’s time to start looking for a suitable job outside your workplace.”


Matshidiso advises that you ask yourself the following questions before you quit your job:

¯ Why do you want to quit your current job? Don’t quit because you don’t like your boss or your work environment. Before you quit, be realistic about your finances and think about your debts that still need to be paid.

¯ Do you really have what it takes to make it in your next job? It’s great to have confidence in yourself, but if you have been struggling in your current job for many years, there’s no guarantee that moving to another job will make you feel any better.

¯ Do you have a good support structure? You need a person or people who believe in you,

encourage you to do your best and will be there for you during this difficult period.


Matshidiso says it’s easy to get depressed or discouraged if you are not happy at your

workplace and when you can’t immediately get another job. “At this point in your life, it’s important to look within yourself and focus on the things that are important and make you happy,” advises Matshidiso.