Jana in Hawthorne writes:
I am currently miserable in my job. I have recently been reassigned to a new location. I was comfortable and felt fairly successful at my former location, but now at the new one, I feel very ill at ease and negative. I tend to be an up-beat person so maybe it’s just hard being new, but I really can’t shake this feeling of dread. The thing is that my current job allows me to work part-time and make a good salary. I have been exploring other areas for a couple of years, but none of them offer anywhere near the financial stability this job does. I feel like the responsible thing, since my family relies on my income, is to suck it up and stay – but I can’t shake this negative feeling. Will this get better? Am I going to grow from this experience or is the universe telling me to get out?
The good news is that your current job seems to be stable. The bad news is that your working environment is pretty dreary.
Being new is definitely part of the ill at ease feeling that envelopes you at work. With time and familiarity, this will lessen, but this is never going to turn into the place where you are excited about going to work. Sometimes you just have to make the best of it, because the burden of responsibility is resting on your shoulders.
While it would be wise of you to “suck it up and stay,” you have the perfect opportunity to figure out exactly what it is you would like to do with your career. If you have been toying with the idea of furthering your education in some way, you are on the right path. The Universe is giving you the opportunity to extend yourself and is blessing you with the flexibility to do so fairly easily. Take advantage of it!
You have more potential and more to offer than your current job is utilizing. I know you know this. Some of the negative feelings you are experiencing are a direct result of this. Your work isn’t giving you the positive reinforcement of success that it once did. Just try to settle in, do your best, and keep searching out other fields and opportunities that will meet your spiritual and financial requirements.
I don’t see any major shifts in your career path for easily another year or so. While that may seem like an eternity of being trapped, the reality is the time will fly by.