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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- Behavioral changes
- On-the-job training
- Positive attitude
- Alternate career options
- Night classes or internships
- Nest egg
Analyze why you hate your job
Figure out why you hate your job. Do you dislike the work itself, or are your coworkers or boss the problem? Are you bored? Over-qualified? Underappreciated? You can't begin to survive a job you hate until you've identified the problems.
Consider solutions. Personality clashes can sometimes be solved by taking a new approach. If a long commute is getting you down, ask if you can work from home a few days a week.
Get on-the-job training
Find a way to use your current job to get free on-the-job training for your next one. Maybe there's a skill you don't have that you can learn? Would your employer be willing to pay for job-related classes that in turn might make you more marketable?
Quit whining. The coworkers you're complaining to could one day be in a position to recommend you elsewhere -- but they'll think twice about it if you come across as a malcontent.
Consider other careers
Consider if you'd be happier in another profession altogether. Test the waters with a few night classes or even an off-hours internship. You may discover that you'd rather thrive in a new career than survive a profession you hate.
Sock away some money. It will help you survive lean times if you decide to start at the bottom in a new field that will make you happier.