Doing well at a job I'm overqualified for
July 22, 2009 1:29 PM Subscribe
What can I do to thrive and forward my career in a job I am overqualified for?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about to start a job that I am overqualified for. Mind you, this isn't just my opinion - between the time I applied and when I was offered the position, the position was actually re-listed at a lower level. I have a decade of experience and an advanced degree in my field, while the position requires a bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of experience.
I took the job for a few reasons:
- The firm is well-respected, progressive and offers good opportunities for advancement.
- I would be getting in on the ground floor of a new project, so there should be lots of opportunities to prove myself and take on higher level responsibilities.
- I've been unemployed for the better part of a year: a bird in the hand, etc.
- I'm personally excited about working on this project for this firm - I think it has the potential to be very personally rewarding.
Despite all these great reasons to take the job, I am a bit concerned about the realities of working in a job I'm overqualified for. For instance, I'm worried that I'll get bored with my assignments, especially at the beginning, and that this will negatively affect my work. I'm worried that if I spend too much time on tasks that are fairly easy for me, I'll become stagnant in my career. At the same time, I don't want to be that annoying new person who thinks they're too good for the grunt work. How do I balance all this?
And then there's the ego issue. I wish this weren't a factor, but I'm only human, and there's a small part of me that feels like a bit of a failure for taking a job that I probably could have gotten five years ago. But I know this isn't my boss's fault, and I want to do everything I can to keep this from becoming a bad work attitude.
Granted, this is a better problem to have then "crap, my unemployment benefits are about to run out." I'm really grateful to finally have a job after months of unemployment, in this crappy economy, and I want to do the best job I can. So hive mind, do any of you have experience with this, either from my position, or from the POV of being a boss to someone in my position? Please share your wisdom.
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