If you can’t wait for Fridays, dread Sunday nights and fear Monday mornings with a passion, you might have ‘wrong job depression’. Being in the wrong career or simply the wrong company can easily make working life a challenge and leave you feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled with your career choice. Luckily, there are a number of solutions available to help you turn your job situation around and make Monday mornings something to look forward to. Keep reading to find out more.
What is ‘wrong job depression’?
Wrong job depression is something most of us will experience during our lifetimes. Often, it’s brought on because you’ve chosen the wrong career or have found yourself in a job that’s not quite right. These choices, if not corrected quickly, can easily lead to you becoming frustrated, stressed or depressed with your nine-to-five and can even affect your personal life.
Signs your job is making you miserable
Wrong job depression can have an impact on several aspects of your life. If you’re unhappy with your current role, you may well find you think about your job incessantly, even when you’re not in the office. This might make it difficult to switch off when you get home and may even cause you to experience sleepless nights, stress and anxiety.
A good way to tell if you’re suffering from wrong job depression is to take a minute to consider how you think about your job. Does going to work make you feel excited or anxious? Do you complain about your job to friends and family and are your thoughts about your work generally negative? If this sounds familiar, you may well be experiencing wrong job depression. The longer you put up with your unfulfilling job, the more ingrained your negativity is likely to become and the less enjoyable and less satisfying your work is likely to be.
How to overcome wrong job depression
In order to overcome wrong job depression, you need to take action. However, as being in the wrong job can easily lead to malaise and inertia, this can be easier said than done.
Work out what the problem is
The first step in overcoming wrong job depression is to work out what the problem is. Is it the work you’re doing that’s getting you down? Is your boss failing to push you to achieve your full potential? Do you have a conflict with team members? Does your current role offer you little scope for advancement, or is there another factor that’s impacting on your job satisfaction?
Although getting to the root cause of your job-related depression can take time, working out what the problem really is can be well worth the effort. After all, if you know the elements of a job or a company that you really don’t like, it will be easier to avoid them in the future.
Surprisingly, money is rarely a cause of wrong job depression. In fact, most Brits would be happy to take a pay cut if it meant working in a role they really loved. According to research carried out by YouGov, 64% of us would rather have a poorly paid job we really enjoyed than a well-paid role we loathed.
One thing that can have a major impact on your professional well-being is your commute. Research from the Office for National Statistics has shown that people with long commutes have low levels of job satisfaction. In fact, for every minute that you have to travel to get to your office, your level of satisfaction with your current role will drop. If you have to travel a long distance to get to the office, moving to a job in your local area could help you to improve your work–life balance and help you get over your job-related blues.
If you think you might be in the wrong job altogether, getting career advice could help you to find your calling. A careers advisor will be able to help you identify your strengths and help you to find careers where these strengths might come in useful. Once you’ve found the career that suits you perfectly, you can set about creating a plan that will help you to achieve your new-found professional goals.
All too often, people are held back from changing jobs, or applying for a better position, because they don’t think they’re good enough. The best way to overcome this hurdle is to get yourself qualified in as many relevant areas as possible. Talk to people higher up in your industry to find out which types of skills or qualifications are most sought after. Obtaining these skills and qualifications will make you more employable, make your CV stand out from the crowd and boost your professional confidence.
Finding a new job
Once you’ve identified the root cause of your wrong job depression, taken steps to boost your CV and spent time talking to a careers advisor, it’s time to take the next step and find yourself a new job. The best way to begin any job search is by heading online. You’ll find that virtually all major employers now advertise their roles on their websites and via specialist jobs portals. Take a look through the various posts listed to find the area that suits you and then read through the job ads to find out what sort of experience, skills and qualifications employers are looking for.
Once you’ve found a job that fits with your professional experience, you can apply for the job online. This makes the process faster and easier and allows you to apply for multiple positions on the same day. Many employers and jobs portals will respond to your application via email, so make sure you’re able to check your emails regularly and answer any questions or queries as quickly as possible.
If you think your personal or professional life is suffering because you’re in the wrong career, it could well be time to quit your current job and look for something new. Take a look at our online jobs portal to begin your job search and find the career that’s perfect for you.