Do you love what you do or are you just happy to have a job?

If you love what you do, chances are you are brilliant at it.

Fri, March 14th, 12:14

   

If you are not happy in your work, your productivity will suffer. We owe it to ourselves to work in a job we love. So much of our week is spent working, so why should we stay in a job that makes us unhappy?

I speak to many candidates who are working but desperate to move on. Whether it’s an overbearing boss or a career that’s stagnating, for these candidates, the need to make a move is very real. So if you are working and earning, should you just be happy to accept your situation?

The short answer is no. Life is too short to stay in a job that makes you unhappy.

Whether you have a job or not, you should have a constant eye on your next step. You should be ambitious and proud of the fact that you want the best career possible. Sit down and write a list of all the things you love to do. Could one of them be a new job? Look out for networking, training or development opportunities and be prepared to make a move whenever an opportunity opens up. We spend so much time planning our social lives and holidays, why not give the same attention to our career?

Is your current job changeable; can you move divisions, can you speak to your boss? If you are finding it a struggle, ask for a one-to-one; come prepared for the meeting, try to reason with them, be honest about what is making you unhappy and see what they have to say.

You get what you deserve in your career and if you work hard on developing your skills and climbing the ladder you deserve to be rewarded. You shouldn’t ever be satisfied by just having a job and you certainly won’t build a career by sitting back and feeling lucky.

Having a job is something to value, but don’t stay in a job you are not enjoying.

Career development remains important through good times and bad and momentum is the key to building a great career. If you wait around until a time when it’s ‘fair’ to look for a career change or a better job, you run the risk of getting pigeonholed in your current role. Your career might stall here and never start again.

You may be lucky to have a job, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for it.

Siobhan Kinsella

The Irish Times