Should You Stay At A Job Just Because It Looks Good On Your CV?

You know that period after you have graduated and everyone is eagerly waiting to land their first job. All hopes raised with the wildest imaginations of sitting behind that amazing office desk, a cup of coffee, news papers and AC.

Well, it’s not all that golden every time, many young people get so desperate to acquire a job that they end up getting hired by employees who only care about getting the work done at all costs. Many of these young people end up miserable, sad and uncomfortable at such work places, which drives them to the question, “Should I stay at this job just because it looks good on my cv?

If you want to drive yourself insane, this is the way to do it: keep doing something you don’t like and which you’re not engaged in.

If you’re making time for the volunteer work, why not engage in the type you enjoy? It defeats the purpose because you’re not committed authentically. And it’s only a matter of time before it puts you off altogether. Why should this selfless effort be compromised because you’re not engaged in what you really want to do? By investing your resources (time, money, skills, etc.) where you’re genuinely interested, then you’ll be fulfilled, the purpose realized, and the audience/recipients of your charitable efforts will be blessed by your authentic self.

Learning a new skill, indirectly or directly related to your marketable employment, is another area where, rarely, will the effort be a waste: you’re learning. I agree that much of what is taught in school is irrelevant but, here, you’re making the conscious decision to undertake studies that will be of use and benefit to your work/career/job. We all need to do this to remain current and marketable for ourselves!

So, you’re not losing anything there!

What I’m reading, however, is a pattern (in this question) of disengagement. In both examples, you’re not mentally engaged. You’ve undertaken work for the purpose of something you feel obligated to do and through which you’re not deriving any personal pleasure.

Have, or are, you complementing these efforts with the opposite? That is, are you involved in any activities that you actually enjoy and for none other than your own personal pleasure? Honestly, even if that’s shopping, taking a trip, going to church, hanging with friends, outing, community service, photography, blogging, etc., you get the point! 🙂

That’s the difference, Friend. You need to balance this out else you’re headed to imbalance – trust me, I know because I did just that and did just that: burned out through imbalance.

So, identify work-related activities and training and those that are yours for your personal pleasure only. And do that! Take personal pleasure in your endeavors. Because you’re working to live, not living to work!

Originally Written by Semira Amiralai, Technical Recruiter


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