Burnt to a crisp!
January 24, 2012 10:55 AM Subscribe
Juggling burnout at work with searching for a new career: any suggestions?
posted by indognito to Work & Money (6 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
After 10 years at a job that wasn’t the greatest fit to start with, I am rather burnt out. When I am at work it’s a struggle to work, and when I’m not at work it’s a struggle to do anything besides mindless/escapist type activities. Any sort of career change or simply finding a new job in the same field will require a massive output of energy: applying for jobs, going on interviews, going back to school, etc.
Frankly, I just don’t feel up to it. I’m so blah when I get home from work that doing anything that is not totally fun and relaxing is like pulling teeth. Aside from finding a new career, I’d also like to volunteer and/or make some new social connections, but I just don’t have the energy.
It seems like I had a little more fire a couple of years ago, when I was convinced I would make it either as a communications professional or freelance writer. For several years I spent nearly all my free time writing and trying to get published, and volunteered for almost a year writing newsletters and press releases for a local nonprofit. Neither panned out into a new career, obviously, and I look back on those days with mild amazement that I had the energy for this sort of thing.
I am aware that I'm lucky to have a job in the first place, and quitting it without having something else lined up isn't an option.
Further complications: I consider myself a fairly mediocre employee at my current workplace (in part because it's a struggle to focus on work while I'm there and not just surf the web all day), and this does not do wonders for my confidence in job hunting. I’ve applied to many other jobs over the last decade and landed one interview, but bungled it because I became tongue-tied and panicky halfway through. I find it hard to sell myself in an interview when deep down, I really don’t think I’d be the greatest employee.
Also possibly relevant: I have ADHD, depression and social anxiety issues, for which I am in therapy and receiving medication.
If anyone has any tips for how to rouse up some much-needed motivation, I'd sure like to hear it. I don't want to spend another 10 years feeling trapped and exhausted at my current job.