Top Reasons You Work a Dead End Job

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Today, it’s your Daily Idea annual job review and we have bad news. Let’s be honest, every day you walk into your office there should be a big yellow sign that says “Dead End.” Instead of just turning around in someone’s driveway, you keep driving around the cul de sac at the end of the block.

Four out of five people are not working their dream job. Yes, 80% of the workforce is just sort of trudging through, day after day and you’re one of them. Charlie O’Donnell from Path 101 recently put together a list that looks at a few reasons why you have the job you have, not the career you want and we picked our five favorites. So get out your number two pencils and prepare to mark any that sound familiar.

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Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea. So, it’s been about a month since we made you feel bad about yourself. Remember the new years’ resolutions show? You didn’t keep any of your resolutions, did you? (Nikki shakes her head)Well, today, we thought we’d spend some time watering those seeds of doubt we planted in January.

Don’t feel too bad. Four out of five people are not working their dream job. Yes, 80% of the workforce is just sort of trudging through, day after day and you’re one of them. Your high school guidance counselor would be so disappointed. Charlie O’Donnell from Path 101 recently put together a list that looks at a few reasons why you have the job you have, not the career you want and we picked our five favorites. So get out your number two pencils and prepare to mark any that sound familiar.

Number one, you didn’t look, you just leaped. Instead of seeking the job you wanted, you jumped at the first offer that came along. That’s no way to get into a career. No way to get into a marriage either, but let’s save that topic for next month.

Number two: Help! I’ve fallen in a rut and I won’t get out. There’s a big difference between being in the groove and being in a rut. You’re in a rut. I bet you stopped networking as soon as you got your job.

Three, you’ve never really explored other areas of interest at your company outside of your own job. Doing the work that you are told to do, and doing it well isn’t enough if you never actually initiate a new project. You have to be more than a one-trick pony. Ponies get apples and peppermints, they don’t get promotions.

Number four, you never set career goals. You’ve heard the old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there?” Obviously you haven’t or you wouldn’t be here.

Maybe you never set any career goals because your career isn’t your first priority. And that brings us to number five. Your career doesn’t have to be your number one priority, but it should be in the top three. If you’d spent more time in the beginning finding a job you love, you wouldn’t be spending so much time in the office now doing a job you hate. Well, it’s true what they say about payback.

Look, the news isn’t all bad. It’s never too late to find the job you haven’t been looking for. Start by setting some career goal and something on paper. Speaking of paper, update your resume. Check out the big national job search sites online and find a few good local job sites too because, odds are, you’re not going to find your dream job in the classified section of your local paper. While you’re looking for your next gig, start networking again. And don’t forget, Path 101. It’s a tremendous online resource for lots of people who are still trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up.

And that’s another Daily Idea.

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