Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced working in a job that we didn’t really enjoy. Starting from my first job at a clothes shop when I was at uni, then moving on to an art museum, a bank, and a few offices.. There were some jobs I really enjoyed, yet there were some I absolutely despised (to the point where every morning would start in tears). And yet, I’m grateful for all the jobs I had, even the ones that I hated. Here’s why.
I Leant More About Myself
Feeling ‘stuck’ in a job I hated gave me the opportunity to learn things about myself that might have otherwise taken me much longer to realise. For example, I learnt that working in a ‘rigid’ environment makes me anxious and consequently, demotivates me. Following the same 9-5 routine every single day, having to sit on a desk without having the freedom to get up, stretch my legs and refresh my mind, and having no control over my daily tasks makes me feel incredibly restricted. Instead, I feel most motivated to work when I’m in a more flexible environment, one where I have more control over the work I do and where ‘desk breaks’ are encouraged, not frowned upon.
I also learnt that working in an office shared by 20+ people can hinder my concentration. Perhaps it’s the introvert in me, but I work soooo much better when I’ve got my own space. Finding what motivates you to do your best at work is incredibly important in order to be happy in what you do.
I Found What I’m Good (And Not So Good) At
Working in a number of different roles, including the ones I hated, helped me discover what I’m good and not so good at. For examples, working in a clothes shop showed me that sales isn’t my strong-point. And working in an art museum where I was responsible for giving visitors the appropriate change when they bought their tickets taught me that no one should ever, EVER trust me with counting the right change! However, I also learnt what my strong-points are; managing and creating website content, doing research, and organising my tasks in order to meet deadlines, etc.
The Jobs I Hated Made Me Appreciative
Even when I hated my job so much that I would wake up in tears every morning at the reality of having to face yet another day of unhappiness (your body definitely has a way of letting you know when it’s time to change your job!), there was one thing that this made me appreciate. And that’s just how incredibly important it is to spend your life doing something you truly enjoy and spending enough time with people you love. Sure, every job has it’s ups and downs – but why should you be stuck in a job you dread every single day, when you spend most of your waking hours at your workplace. Perhaps some people are willing to work in a job they hate because the salary is great, but personally I just wouldn’t be able to feel happy if I wasn’t passionate about my work and if I wasn’t able to give my all.
Ultimately, It Is The Jobs I Hated That Led Me To Discover The Job(s) I Love
Through a journey of experiencing a number of highs and lows – jobs that I enjoyed and others that I hated – I discovered what kind of career I would love. I now work part-time at a research centre, and part-time blogging/freelance content writing. Growing up, I never knew what I wanted to be ‘when I grow up‘. Perhaps even those who thought they always knew what they wanted to do jobs-wise once they reached a certain age might discover that their dream job is not all that it was cracked up to be.
Experiencing different careers was exactly what I needed to figure out what it was that I wanted to do, and what kind of career would make me happy. It’s a journey of self-discovery. There is value and something to be learnt in every single work experience – good or bad.
As cliché as it sounds, happiness really is the key to success, and if you love what you’re doing you will be successful.