By Maan de Vera
A piece of advice that you will regularly hear is to find a career that fulfills you. This isn’t exactly bad, but, to be honest, it’s also not that realistic either. The truth is that some of us just aren’t lucky enough to land our dream jobs for certain reasons.
Sure, anyone who is miserable with their post should find a way to distance themselves from it ASAP. On the other hand, you also shouldn’t feel bad about yourself just because you’re not 100% in love with how you make your bread.
So, in the spirit of practicality, you might want to reconsider these things before you turn over that resignation letter:
1. Your current work is the best opportunity as of now.
Of course, you have the potential to turn all of your aspirations into reality. Keeping a job you don’t love doesn’t mean that you are giving up on your goals. It only means that you are taking the necessary preparation to get there. This leads us to the next point...
2. You're using it as a stepping stone to get to where you actually want to go.
Sometimes, the career path that we want is a little impractical, or years of experience is required to get the position that you want. If keeping a job that you don’t love would eventually take you to where you want to be, then you just have to deal with it for the time being. It may not seem glamorous right now, but humble beginnings are a necessary part of everyone’s success story.
3. Your employers and superiors are good to you.
Supportive and understanding employers and superiors are definitely worth-keeping. You may not exactly love what you’re doing, but you can definitely reap a lot from a healthy working environment. It allows you to develop new skills, discover new things about yourself, and find a new perspective of what fulfillment is.
4. Your bills are getting paid.
The harsh truth is that your dream job might fail to support you financially. Keeping a job that you don’t love because it pays well enough doesn’t turn you into a sellout. In truth, it only means that you are marture enough to make sure that all of your adulting responsibilities are met.
5. Your tasks aren’t consuming all of your time.
There’s no harm in keeping a job you don’t love if you still have time to pursue the things that you are actually passionate about. Despite what you have been told, you don’t always have to turn your passion into a career. You can instead turn it into a hobby or a side hustle!
Adulting isn’t at all an easy task. Often times, it comes with realizing that the thing we’re made to believe growing up isn’t always the best thing. Sometimes, a job is just a job—nothing more, and that’s totally fine. At least, for now!
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