Can't Get No Job Satisfaction Special Report

By: Susan Ramsett
By: Susan Ramsett

Are you one of those people who go to work in a bad mood everyday because you just plain hate your job? If you answered yes, it might be time to make a change, but is it you, or your job? Find out in Tuesday's special report, “Can't Get No Job Satisfaction.”

If you're like most people, you have good and bad days at work. But if you're truly miserable in your job, it may be time for a change. If you're not happy at work, do you need to get out, or get over it? Career counselor Lori Fire-Styne says to look closely at your situation, and be honest with yourself.

Let's face it, most people don't love their work all the time, but they shouldn't hate it all the time either.

Here are some signs that it's probably time to start looking for a new job:

  • The Sunday blues, a sense of dread about going back to work on Monday that gets worse as the day goes on. Sometimes it gets so bad you may have trouble falling asleep Sunday night.

  • You may even feel physically sick, wake up with headaches, knots in your stomach, tight muscles and other aches and pains that go away when you're on vacation.

  • You watch the clock at work, and your day drags so much you can barely stand it.

  • You may feel like your boss and co-workers are out to get you.

  • You find faults in everyone around you instead of valuing their talents.

  • When you're not at work, you avoid talking about your job because it upsets you.

  • You end up taking out your frustrations on the people you love.

If these sound familiar, it may be your body telling you it's time to get out. If so, you need a play of action. Institutions like Northcentral Technical College can help. NTC holds career decision workshops.

Here are some of the reasons people attend these workshops:

  • Dislocated workers: lay-offs, facility closed/relocated.

  • Disabled, and need to identify work that will accommodate them.

  • High school students, or recent high school grads wanting to know what to do next.

  • Students working toward GED/HSED.

  • Stay at home moms/dads, kids at an age where they can focus on a career outside the home.

  • Individual on hold, either personally or professionally.

  • Moving ahead and wanting to target a higher-level job.

  • Individual wants to develop new skill sets.

  • Redirecting or switching positions.

  • Decline: individual has maybe only a year or so before retirement.

Upcoming career decisions workshops at NTC:

August 5, 7 12 & 14 (8:30 a.m. - Noon)
August 11, 13, 18 & 20 (5:30 - 9 p.m.)
September 8, 10, 15 & 17 (5:30 - 9 p.m.)
October 2, 9, 16 & 23 (7 - 10:30 a.m.)
November 3, 10 & 12 (5:30 - 9 p.m.)
December 1, 3, 8 & 10 (5:30 - 9 p.m.)

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