3 things you’ll learn from working a job that’s not for you

While we all dream of finding the perfect job for us, sometimes we’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs to get there, so to speak. As with everything, there’s an upside to being in a job that’s totally wrong for you.

There’s absolutely no shame in not knowing where you want to end up in your career, or in realising that the job you worked so hard to get actually makes you miserable. In fact, these experiences will only prepare you better for finding a job you love.

Here are three things you’ll learn from a job that’s not quite right.

1. Money is not worth your mental health

Maybe you grabbed the first job that came up because it paid well and you have those student loans to pay off. But now you dread getting up in the morning and the thought of going to work makes you anxious. No amount of money is worth being miserable every day, so be brave and start the job search over. As they say, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.

2. What your strengths are, and what you still need to work on

Nothing will put your real ambitions into focus like a tedious, mind-numbing job. Would you rather be doing something that helps people? Or maybe making something with your hands? If you didn’t know what you wanted to do up until now, you’re probably getting some ideas about what would be way more fun – and the skills you’ll need to make that happen.

3. Saying ‘no’ can make you stronger

Feeling trapped in a dead-end job, especially when you’re an introvert, can seem impossible to overcome. But admitting that the company or role just isn’t the one for you, and taking action will give a massive boost to your confidence and self-esteem. Treating yourself well, being decisive and knowing what your limits are will make you better poised to find a job you actually love.

Now what?