Post # 1
I am in need of a little advice! I was in university for 7 years but have just recently started my career. There are so many things I like about working (having an income, a routine, gaining experience, etc) and I much prefer this lifestyle to being a student.. however, after just 1 month of working I am feeling like… is this it??? I am confident I am working in the right field and I really like my job but I can’t seem to wrap my mind around doing the whole monday-friday 9-5 thing forever. Seems so repetitive and unexciting. Do any of you guys ever feel this way? If so, what do you do to change your outlook?
Post # 6
I do! I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been out of school for about 6 years now and I STILL feel that way. unfortunately I have no words of advice or encouragement. people always say, do something you’re passionate about and it won’t feel like “work” but I’ve had trouble finding my passion. So for now it’s the 9-5 to pay the bills 🙁
Post # 7
Yep, the working world is a little less fulfilling than I imagined it would be.
Post # 8
I felt that way in the beginning, but now there are new and exciting things at work that I never got to experience in school. I definitely appreciate this more now at 3 years out.
Post # 9
Okay I hope that with some time this feeling will pass! It may also be the transition of going from being a student to a professional!
Post # 11
I have felt this way before too — the best thing is to plan things to look forward and also make career goals on an ongoing basis so that you stay motivated!
Post # 12
that’s what I have been trying to do!
Post # 13
Of course I do! But you do get used to it 🙂
Post # 14
I feel this way.
In school, you’re always working toward an immediate goal, and ther’s always that next step just over the horizon. Work can feel like this long, vast stretch of emptiness.
The reward system is different, too. In school, if you work hard and write a good paper/do well on an exam, you get a good grade. You really can control your success. At work, I often feel like I do good work, write a good report, or whatever it is — and there’s no reward. It’s just like, ok, thanks, next task. There’s so much more ambiguity and (frankly) BS involved in advancing at work than there is at school, where your performance pretty directly translates into your success.
And in school, you get to choose what you spend your time doing. You choose your classes because they interest you. At work, sometimes you have to do boring crap that’s completely beneath you, because it has to get done.
So yeah. I feel this way a lot, and I’m always thinking about how it could be better, or what I could be doing that would be more satisfying. If I get any brilliant ideas, I’ll let you know. 🙂
Post # 15
I loved my old job and never felt this way- it was different each day and I felt like I was making a difference. My current job….UGH. My motivation is getting a different job.