Signs you're stuck in a dead-end job
And what to do about it
We spend an average of eight hours a day in our workplaces. Considering that a day consists of 24 hours, and we spend an average of seven hours asleep, it’s eye-opening to see how much time we actually spend at work.
Whether you work in hospitality or have devoted half of your life to academia, working in a job that fulfills you in every single aspect is a difficult goal to achieve, if not an impossible one. Professional fulfillment can be hard to reach as there are just so many variables to take into account when assessing our levels of satisfaction in the workplace.
Getting the right salary, working with the right people, an office in the right location, and having all the right opportunities for career growth, are just some of the most popular requirements people have when it comes to assessing their job situation.
While some people might have a job that ticks all of the boxes mentioned above, many of us occasionally find ourselves stuck in dead end-jobs. We all start working at these jobs for different reasons and in different circumstances. We might have started a job with the hope that it would lead our careers somewhere, maybe there was a prospect of an exceptionally good wage, or perhaps we have just taken up a job out of bare necessity. After all, we have bills to pay.
The problem is that many of us end up working for years in the same job without even realizing it, so it takes longer to recognize that it’s time for something to change. It's important to be able to recognize the signs we’re actually in a job that will lead us nowhere, and most importantly, what we can do about it if we find ourselves in this position.
In this gallery we provide you with a comprehensive list of signs to look for, that will help you identify if you’re in a dead-end job. But there’s more! We'll also guide you through what to do if you’re in this situation.
Click through the gallery and see if these signs pertain to your current job.