10 Signs You’re Stuck In A Dead End Job And It’s Killing You

Can’t find the motivation to go to work?

Your older relatives said it’s normal. They just said your “generation” is just being lazy and impatient. Success doesn’t take place overnight, they said.

They made you believe you only have to work a little harder and wait a little longer to get the salary increase and professional growth you have been waiting for. They told you to read inspiring success stories about powerful personalities today who were once low-earning assistants.

But they never said something about these people, walking away from dead end jobs to reach the peak of their careers.

Life is short.

No one wants to stay in a stodgy workplace, sit on the same desk, perform the same mundane tasks, be in the same position, and receive the same entry-level salary every single day for the next ten years of their precious waking life.

So if you lack the drive to go to work, maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s your job. Maybe it’s your workplace.

Here are the signs you are stuck in a dead end job and you have to walk away before you finally lose yourself.

1. Your work never evolves

An ideal career is like a video game. You have an ultimate goal. You unlock levels after levels in order to reach that goal. You have new assignments. It becomes more challenging as the game progresses. You gain new experiences. By the 5th level, you feel stronger, wiser, and more developed than you were in level 1.

Isn’t it fulfilling to stay in a company where your work evolves?

Unfortunately, your company doesn’t have these. You’re never offered new opportunities. Except for a few wrinkles you developed, nothing has changed.

It’s impossible for someone to grow if there no rooms for growth. If it’s been five long years and everyday feels pointlessly the same, then start questioning your existence in that company. This is a straightforward sign that you are not evolving very quickly – or worse – you’re not going to evolve at all.

2. Boss doesn’t care about your goals

You’re stuck with an entry level task. You do these things five days a week, 7 hours a day. You’re not learning anything new. You’ve been craving challenges for years now.

You tell your boss about it but when you speak about your career growth and development, as well as your burnouts, he or she only pretends to listen but does not do anything about it. Perhaps, he/she can’t even articulate a clear path of your growth within the company.

3. You feel like your skills are going to waste

10 Signs You’re Stuck In A Dead End Job And It’s Killing You

Four years of college education and one year of internship – you didn’t endure these physical, intellectual, and financial challenges for nothing.

You put a lot of time, effort, and money into gaining skills and knowledge. You know you’ve got a lot to offer. But at the end of the day, none of these skills are not being put to practice nor recognized.

4. You see people leave

Often for the same reasons. What’s even worse is the company is pretty chill about it. It’s a red flag that the company does not care and they are not willing to change the faulty work environment for their people to stay.

5. Company’s growth is slowing down

If a corporation’s revenues have stalled, there are often fewer opportunities for employers to see growth in their own careers. It may be time to expand your horizons if you see the company  going downhill for more than a couple of years.

6. Your motivation is slowing down too

We all experience lack of motivation at work every once in a while. We’re humans – it’s in our nature to get sick of something repetitive, complain about it with burning passion, and seek excitement.

But if your motivation has been declining for months now, despite having done everything to turn things around, then maybe it’s time to move out.

7. Your job is too demanding

10 Signs You’re Stuck In A Dead End Job And It’s Killing You

Triple combo: overworked, underpaid, and unhappy.

Careers are a hard work. Good bosses recognize that and they try to minimize the work load by making sure you get home before sundown and you take your mind off work during weekends. But if you’re expected to report for work during Saturdays or answer calls while on your lunch break, and you’re not being properly compensated, chances are that you’re not being valued.

8. Nothing but money keeps you going

The statement, “If you’re unhappy, get out” is easier said than done because the need for a stable income is often heavier than the need to be genuinely happy. And let’s face it – finding a new job is never easy.

So before you hit the road, make sure the problem clearly isn’t you.

  • Have you tried communicating your career goals with your employer?
  • Have you demonstrated willingness to take on new roles and assignments?
  • Have you tried looking for ways to level up your current role?
  • Are there trainings and opportunities the company offers you fail to take advantage of?
  • Are there any jobs in your current company that might excite you?

If feel like you’ve done everything in your power to turn things around yet nothing’s happening, don’t hesitate. Go polish your resume.

9. Company hires from outside

Good news: High-level positions you’ve been waiting for are open up.

Bad news: Only outsiders are eligible for these positions.

If the company is looking for outside talents instead of promoting from within, then that’s a tell-tale sign that the management buy the philosophy of looking outside for new blood with fresh ideas. You can play the same game by looking for high-level positions in other firms.

10. You too don’t want to climb the ladder

Okay, an opportunity to get a promotion arose. However, when you think about your current level of satisfaction and career goals for the future, the idea of promotion or staying longer in that company send shivers down your spine.

You’re not passionate about the company’s mission. You don’t see yourself doing these things forever.

All of us desire to level up. We work with a goal of gaining a more senior position, acquire a new set of skills, master additional responsibilities, and get paid higher. And if you’re stuck in a dead end job, you are being deprived of these amazing opportunities.

Atom Araullo, a Filipino news anchor once said, “When it’s no longer fulfilling, even if you’re comfortable with what you do, don’t hesitate. Walk away.”

Written By
Carmina Natividad is a daytime writer for HR Dept Au, a provider of affordable and pragmatic HR services and employment law advice in Australia. Writing about helpful tips on career management is her cup of tea.

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