I feel like I'm imprisoned at my current job. How do I get out fast?
August 26, 2013 4:15 PM Subscribe
I've been working at the same company for 8 years. I initially started working there as a temp and wanted to quit within the first week, but didn't for some reason, and then I was hired permanently a couple of months after temping. Anyway, while I do have more duties since I was hired, my basic job has not changed at all. I work in an insurance company mainly doing data entry, project work and anything else they throw at me.
posted by hazel79 to work & money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have really grown to hate my job whereas before I just thought it was uninspiring. I've tried many times to get out of the current department I work in and into another department, like the law or marketing department, but I have not had any luck. The closest I came was earlier this month when I applied for an internal position and got an interview. The interview went well, but I realized 10 minutes into the interview that it was not a position that I would ever want to work in. It would have dealt more with customer service, and that's not at all within my realm of interest.
What makes this extreme dissatisfaction worse is that I work with my boyfriend in the same department doing the same duties. Because the department we work in is short staffed, and has been for the last 3 years, we are not allowed to ever take any vacation together. The only exception has been the occasional Friday, but that's only if the other guy in the department agrees to come in on Friday. See, we're short staffed, but for reasons that I can't fathom, he's still allowed a flexible work schedule and doesn't work on Fridays. They'll allow only 1 of us to be there on Fridays but not Mon-Thursday. This situation has made me so angry, and it only gets worse the longer I continue to work there. I fantasize about not going back all the time. The whole feels hopeless.
I keep trying to think of ways to get out. I first tried getting a paralegal certificate, but I didn't know that the job market sucks for paralegals, so I wasn't successful. I've taken a class on html and css, and found coding fun, but I'm not sure that I'd like web development enough to do it as a career. I'm currently taking a python class, and I'm finding it interesting, but I feel that learning programming is a long task and not something that'll get me out of this job soon enough.
What's a career I can enter fast with a BA in English, a Paralegal certificate and some basic programming knowledge? I've even considered taking up a trade to get into a new job fast, but I don't think being a plumber or electrician would suit me.