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Why The Job You Hate Is Preparing You for the Job You’ll Love

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If anyone understands the amount of emotional discomfort experienced while working a job you can’t stand, it’s me.

I’ve jumped from job to job, in search of an occupation reflecting my creative genius and professional ambitions. Genius you say? How are you said genius when you’re struggling to find valued employment?

There were times I walked into a building and knew I was meant to work there. My spirit jumped at my surroundings, sending me into a frenzy of excitement. But every time this momentous rush has engulfed my body, I never land that job. I am often left confused by the recruiter’s decision. I exceeded the requirements, my experience was applicable, and my enthused demeanor throughout the entire interview demonstrated my yearning to work for the company. In retrospect, I am under the impression I was not yet mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ready for the open position. Which brings me to the root of this article.

The jobs you hate will prepare you for the job you’ll love. I was not yet prepared.

Each and every time you’re hired by a company and/or organization is a moment to rejoice. Whether you’ve earned a position as a Paralegal at a competitive law firm, or serving as the cashier at your local Chick-fil-A, your newfound means of survival deserves to be celebrated. You’re one step closer to attaining financial stability, and a few days away from remaining and/or becoming broke as shit. And lastly, this new gig and/or major career will prepare you for your next professional venture.

I remember the day I chose to quit my first job. I felt as though I was drowning in a corporate space I could give a crap about, forced to befriend annoying financial leaders and a terrible management team. I quit because I wasn’t a good “fit”. I was searching for like-minded persons with similar career goals and comparable creative desires. I quit for a dumb ass reason.

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I was meant to learn a lesson within that corporate space. I was meant to process how to complete tasks with individuals who didn’t possess my same work ethic. I was meant to learn how to work alongside others who may not share my same vision.

No matter where you’re placed in life you’ll experience persons who do not operate on your wavelength, nor do they vibe off your energy. You must deal with each of these persons, work around your differences, and finish the task in front of you.

No matter how many jobs I quit to avoid my surroundings, or avoid the meaningless tasks I was told to complete, I would continue running into the same bullshit projects and the same bullshit people. The cycle never ends. It is your job to work with the structure forced upon you and accept the professional development you will experience.

The jobs I endured years after my first professional experience presented the same issues. You cannot run away from the assholes partnered with the tedious to-do lists, until you accept the lessons bestowed upon you via your unique professional journey.

My current position with a particular corporate organization has been frustrating to say the least. I have no interest in the actual career path and dread entering the building on a daily basis. After beating traffic while blaring the gospel tunes of Fred Hammond, I meditate in the front seat of my car and say a small prayer. I thank God for the opportunity, and make sure to ask Him to work through me and for me, to show up and out so that I may have a prosperous work day. Each and every morning I talk to God before clocking in, praying relentlessly for an 8 hour shift of survival.

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And although this is the umpteenth job I’ll hate, I now understand why I’m here. The amount of structure and responsibility imposed upon me is something I needed in order for me to grow. I never gave a crap about anything I could not “feel”. If it didn’t move me, I didn’t get it, but the world doesn’t work this way.

Timeliness:

I’m a creative, a free spirit open to opportunity and the possibility of growth, without much sense of time. I was always under the impression a five minute grace period was warranted and normally accepted. But to be one minute late is a verbal warning, and if it continues, there’s this whole write up thing and then yeah, termination. My tardiness isn’t necessarily an issue, but in life, it’s not even an option. Be on time, or get fired. The job I hate taught me that.

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Timeliness is applied to all aspects of the work place. You must move quickly, complete tasks even quicker, and inhale your Chick-fi-la sandwich, waffle fries, and lemonade within thirty minutes. A full 8 hour work shift with a 30 minute lunch break is ridiculous in my opinion. But in a world where your presence is valued more than your absence, is it really that necessary for you to eat?

Pack Your Lunch.

For those who’ve matured through the jobs they hate, and have accepted the valued lessons presented through each of them, you will surely become susceptible to the bright idea of packing your lunch. Bringing your lunch to work will save you money and time.  While omitting a walk to and from a fast food joint, you’re rewarded with a few minutes of relaxation. I’ve learned that these extra moments away from the office, ten minutes or less, will help propel you through the rest of your shift.

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I’ve also become more disciplined. Preparing meals beforehand presents the opportunity for me to be more organized at home. You grocery shop strategically. You prep your life hours before your 6am alarm sounds. You might event feel bomb enough to lay your clothes out the night before. The job I hate has forced me into an organizational routine that lessens my anxiety, and fuels my professional wardrobe.

Wardrobe:

The job you hate is the perfect opportunity to experience all the do’s and don’ts of corporate wear. I remember the days I sluggishly walked into work, looking bat-shit crazy. Due to my obvious depression, it appeared as though a black skirt and matching blazer were the only items I owned. Heels were never an option. I possessed no energy to apply make-up, and my go-to hair style was a top knot bun, messily thrown together and barely staying in place. I had no desire to be there and everyone could tell.

The job you hate will serve as an opportunity for you to display your best and worst wardrobe collabs. You can mix and match articles of your clothing to secure some solid business options. Test out bright colors, patterned ties, chunky heels, peep toe wedges, and even that slim fit suit you’ve been dying to get into. Make your fashion mistakes here, so you can turn heads at your next gig.

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All in all, be grateful for each and every opportunity granted to you. Take the time to appreciate the pros of your current employment, while trying your best to ignore the cons. Through hard work and dedication, your current situation will only last a moment. Nothing is permanent, all things are temporary, but be sure to embrace and absorb the knowledge provided, the experience created, and the opportunity to practice and perfect your occasional screw ups.

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Annsleigh Denise is a graduate of Spelman College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Minor in Multi-Media and Professional Writing. She is a multifaceted creative, focused on the inner-workings of print, publication, and Broadcast Journalism. Possessing notable editorial skills, Annsleigh aspires to utilize her professional experience to impact the world of media.

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