(Closed) Bored at work. Should I move on?

posted 3 years ago in Career
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  • Post # 17
    1362 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

    I used to intern at a place which sounds similar to yours – small urban planning firm, government work. The marketing manager was only one non-planner (and woman) on staff at the time, but she turned into a rockstar in the sense that she not only prepared proposals, but managed the front desk, turned into the de fact HR person, did social media for the firm, managed branding and graphic design, and organized the firm’s conference sponsorships and professional development involvement. Ideas for you while you decide 🙂 She also turned into the de fact intern coordinator.

    Post # 18
    326 posts
    Helper bee

    Imo I think you should look for something else but in the meantime give your job your all. I was in your position a few months ago, I took this great paying job that sounded all right, it turned out to be so boring. If I completed my weekly task on that Monday I had nothing to do the rest of the week. I spent majority of my time playing with my phone while having work stuff on my screen. I was miserable. Sure occasionally I was put on research teams and business trips but those were so rare. It didn’t make up for the times when I was at work forced to do my job. So I finally put in my notice and now I’m attending grad school. Obviously a lot of people don’t have the luxury of just quitting and going to school bc they have bills, family to take care of plus it’s a bit insane. But right now it was the best time for me to go back. I’m a lot happier, I feel fulfilled and I’m busy! Which is something I’m shocked I want. Even if I didn’t have the opportunity to go to grad school I would have eventually quit my job. 

    If you’re unhappy there, it probably won’t get better. They make take you on the occasional trips but idk do you see yourself being happy there until that man retires? Don’t quit now but just look for jobs and if another opportunity comes along, make sure it is what you want. Like pp said the grass can be greener on the other side. 

    Post # 19
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2020

    In the meantime, brush up your resume, linkedin and reconnect with contacts who might be useful.  You never know what some companies are thinking and if you’re worried about a layoff you’ll want to be prepared.

    Post # 20
    1936 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Are you able to bring in other things to do at work that aren’t work related to fill your time? It depends on the environment for sure, but I read, exercise (I have little 3 pound weights, lol), am currently taking an online course, etc. I’d lose my mind if I only had my work to do because they’re honestly just isn’t enough.

    It sounds like there’s only one area that you’re 100% unsatisfied woth (not having enough to do) so maybe if you found ways to counteract that while on the clock it’d be more bearable?

    No job will have it all. Some will pay well, but you’ll feel degraded. Some will be so satisfying, but pay squat. I think you need to sit back and reflect how you want to spend your working hours. Are you a career oriented indivudal in that you have to climb the corporate ladder, learn new things, etc. or are you comfortable just showing up, doing your job, getting your paycheck and leaving? Both are completely acceptable approaches, but I think once you determine who you are as a worker you’llbe able to make a better decision.


    Post # 21
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    harmonicsoul :  I agree with what a previous post stated about utilizing work time to be constructive.  You have already gone above and beyond by reaching out to your team, perhaps taking online classes for a Masters or Project Management would be a good use of your time.  I am also in a job where it is ridiculous as to how much time I am on Weddingbee, Facebook, etc.  So I decided to go back to school for my MBA and am able to do that at work (which frees up my home life making Hubby and Baby oh so happy).

    Does your company offer tuition reimbursement?  If not, the school/program that I am enrolled in is 100% online, classes beginning every month, and super cheap (compared to many other programs).  If you would like more information, PM me and I’ll be happy to share 🙂

    I am glad that they sent you on a business trip–ENJOY!  It shows their trust in you and their desire to invest in your future with the company.

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