Even if you love your job, chances are that you're hoping to move beyond it someday. Ideally, you want that movement to be in the direction of the tasks and experiences you like the most about your working life right now, and away from what annoys you. There's just one problem: at most organizations, moving up the ladder means moving into management, and not everyone wants to be a manager.
Some bad jobs are in the eye of the beholder – for whatever reason, the gig is the opposite of what you hoped you'd be doing at this particular place and time. Other bad jobs are more clearly defined: the pay is barely enough to live on, the duties don't use your skills, education or talents, or the people are just plain mean and unsupportive. Whatever the reason for your discontent, there's some good news hidden in even the worst work experience – bad jobs have a lot to teach you about building your best career, if you know how to look.
Ever notice that the cool kids from high school seem to still be stuck there? They like to spend a lot of time talking about the good old days, and it's clear that these years were the highlight of their lives thus far. Well, there might be a good reason for that, and it's good news for workers who weren't exactly captain of the football team years ago.
If only we could all go back in time and be the fearless children we once were. Maybe – just maybe – we would have the courage to chase our wildest dreams in our lives as adults. There's no doubt that life hardens us all over time and causes even the best of us to give in to the pressures of "making something" of ourselves. Along the way, our childlike glee seems to fade as we lose focus on what truly makes us happy in life. Instead, it's easy to end up following someone else's dreams and not our own. Here are five quotes that will hopefully convince you that it's not too late to go after your dreams, no matter how wild and crazy they may seem.
Hating your job is one thing, but staying put and wasting your life and career away is another. We all had wild dreams about what we wanted to be when we grew up, but things don't always play out as we once hoped they would. Chances are, you chose your career based on a combination of what you thought was semi-interesting in college, what your parents thought was right for you, and what had a decent earning potential – but, unfortunately, it's just not cutting it anymore. If this sounds familiar, then you may be selling yourself short, my friend. Here are three ways to tell if you're guilty of cheating yourself out of success in your life and career.
Bad habits can be tough to break, but some are worth the effort. There are a few bad habits that could be causing you real professional harm without you even being aware of them. The first step is always identifying that there is a problem to solve. Let's take a look at a few of these career-killing habits and think about how to break them once and for all.
You know the deal. You're hired to do a job. That job comes with a job description or maybe even a contract that lists the responsibilities and duties assigned to you as said job holder. Next, you start to get comfortable with your new position. Soon, you're doing well, and before you know it, you start winning the respect of your co-workers and even your bosses. You're starting to feel pretty good about yourself, and this job – and that's usually right around the time when things start to change.
The old adage of "don't ask, don't get" is usually true when it comes to promotions and raises. If you don't let your manager know about your career goals, it's much less likely that you'll get to where you want to be. That said, workers often ask for promotions without stopping to consider if they're ready for them, or even if they've earned them. If you want to impress your boss and move up the corporate ladder, what you do is just as important as what you say. Here's how you can show your manager that you're ready – without ever saying a word.
Not getting enough restful sleep at night can do more than leave you irritable and groggy in the morning – it could be the reason you aren't advancing in your career, too. We'll take a look at 11 alarming ways sleep deprivation affects your brain over time, and what you can do to help remedy your insomnia so that it doesn't prevent you from achieving success in your career.