When your dream job becomes a nightmare
Updated: Sep 7, 2022
After years of hard work, I found myself in what I thought would be my dream job. I set a goal to land the position while I was a postdoc, and a few years later, I’d reached my goal! My loved ones and colleagues were proud of me. I was proud of myself!
After a few months in my new role, I realized I was miserable and completely burnt out. The work was only mildly fulfilling (on a good day!), and the high-stress environment was taking a toll on my well-being. I wanted to leave, but I was concerned about what others would think. My husband knew I was unhappy, but I couldn’t bring myself to ask him to relocate again, especially after I was so sure that this job was it.
Even more troubling, I didn’t know what type of job I wanted to look for next. Worst yet, I wasn’t even sure what I could do next. It was time for something different, but after years of following the status quo for someone with my training, I wasn’t sure of what I was qualified to do outside of what I’d already done.
After a few more months of being unhappy with my career, I realized it was time for a change. Even though I didn’t know exactly how I would move forward, I knew I couldn’t stay where I was.
It was time to forget about what everyone thought I should do and begin focusing on what I wanted for myself. It was time for me to give myself permission to take control of my career, even if it was a risky move!
I found myself leaving my dream job less than two years after accepting the position.
Was it scary? Absolutely!
Did it seem like a crazy move to those around me? It sure did!
Have I ever regretted leaving my “dream job”? Not for a second!
Because I was willing to take a risk and challenge the status quo, I soon found myself in a position that provided enormous growth opportunities and gave me far more of what I was looking for in a workplace.
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