Post # 1
I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE my job!! I would actually look forward to going to work and didnt mind being there and I was so motivated and excited to learn as much as I could about the business and ready to work. Nowadays though, 4 years later I’m so blah about it. I think I’ve outgrown it. There’s room for advancement but I’d have to relocate and that’s not an option right now. I’m also currently in grad school (MBA) and completely exhausted trying to handle that, my daughter and her extracurricular activities, and maintain the household. Also, my boss can be extremely annoying but he’s extremely lax and understanding when it comes to my daughter or if I have any appts etc. He’ll let me leave work to handle business or drs appts without requiring that I use my PTO/vacation/personal time. Most days I’m just bored and I feel like I have no real purpose I guess. I assist on special projects and manage the running of the office but that’s it.
Between my boss and my boredom, I’ve noticed that I’m in a bad mood sometimes and I hate it. The thing is I have no idea what I want to do once I receive my MBA next May. I want to do something meaningful but Project Management sounds really nice to me as well. Although, that would require me obtaining my PMP and I swore I’d take a break once grad school is done.
I need some advice bees; has anyone else been in a similar situation before? If so, what did you do about it?
Post # 2
MsLovelyTae : I’m not 100% in your exact situation but I so know what it feels like to be intellectually unchallenged. Ironically, it’s so draining to be bored and disengaged at work.
You could totally use your MBA as a way to reset and find what you are truly passionate about! I myself studied for and obtained a certification as a way to motivate myself and push myself into a different field. For you it’s even better because it’s a whole other degree! You can do it!
Post # 3
smthingblu : Thanks for responding!! Having an MBA will definitely open doors career-wise I’m just struggling to figure out where I belong I guess. It’s important for me to do something meaningful and something I’m passionate about so I was thinking maybe a non-profit but I don’t know which one or even where to begin searching. I don’t even know what type of position would be a good fit for me. 🙁 I’m just clueless right now. I think maybe I’ll start going to some job fairs or maybe looking for positions on usajobs.
Post # 4
I would stay while you finish your degree – a new job (and boss) may not be so accommodating to your busy schedule. Can you have a frank discussion with your boss about how you’re feeling? I have regular sit-downs with my supervisor where he asks how I’m doing, are you challenged enough, and so on.
I think this kind of funk at work is pretty common, several of my friends (and I) have gone through it. As a cautionary tale though, one of my former co-workers left 6 months ago for what he thought was a great opportunity and he ended up miserable, bullied and despised at his new job. He quit because he couldn’t stand it and is now looking to come back to his old dept/company. It can’t hurt to look and see what’s out there but just remember that the grass isn’t always greener.
Post # 5
Have you talked to your boss about taking on more challenging projects? It could help while you finish up your degree! Taking on a new position while trying to finish an MBA is alot!