My job doesn't fit my personality. What should I do?
February 26, 2007 8:26 PM Subscribe
Update: My job doesn't fit my personality. What should I do?
posted by willy_dilly to Work & Money (21 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Two months ago I was hired to my dream job (or so I thought), an entry level position at a top advertising firm working with a well known brand. Over the past 3 weeks, I've realized that it is not what I expected it to be. I guess I had been a bit idealistic about the industry and thought that advertising seems interesting and that I would be happy in a cool job. The office is cool, pool table, espresso machines and all that and the people are relatively young and fun loving. But I'm starting to feel like what I do and what the company does is so meaningless. I don't feel like I'm benefiting anyone and contributing to society by helping a big brand promote itself.
I also find that my personality (INFJ in Myers-Briggs) doesn't fit the company culture at all. I understand very well the type of working environment that is truly suitable for me (independent work, project based, something with results and meanings) but I was naive to believe that a cool job would make me happy. The nature of the work is also too fast and glamorous. Free shows tickets, invitation to big name parties, free dinners and all. I'm just not that kind of person.
Now I feel miserable at work and is becoming bitter and unmotivated. All this stress is making me depressed and its affecting my personal life because I'm behind at work due to my lack of motivation and I can't seem to forget about it when I get home. What should I do?