why do people stick with jobs they dont like - auckland career coach

Why do so many people stick with jobs they are really not enjoying and don’t like?

In my experience, self-doubt. Everyone has an excuse about why they cannot move forward in their career.

They’ve either been in their job too long and so they feel that they don’t have the necessary diversity of skills that they need for someone to be willing to hire them.  


They’ve been in too many jobs, and they haven’t stayed in one place long enough so they question why would anyone want to hire them? When they don’t appear to have job stickability.


I’m too young, so I haven’t had enough experience, who is going to want to hire me and pay me the salary that I want to be paid? Who is going to promote me to a job above where I’m currently at when I have not had enough experience?


I’m too old, I’ve been in the workforce too long and at 55, who’s going to want to hire me? I’ve only got ten years left of my career. Why would anyone want to hire me when they could hire someone younger?

These are all very common themes, and I’ve heard every excuse under the sun, about why people are too scared to take that next step from where they are in their career and move forward to where they want to be.

It is easy to find a hurdle, an excuse, a reason not to move from where you are, when where you currently are is safe and it’s often easier to stick with what you know.

It can be very challenging to move from where you are to where you want to be in your career especially if you feel like you have to do it on your own.

One of the hardest things about changing jobs is that you often don’t have the support of your colleagues and your manager, the people that know you best in your working life. Sometimes you do, but most often you don’t. Most often, you start looking for new career opportunities without having discussed it with anyone.

And so, it can be a very isolating process, unless you’ve got good family support or good friend support, who will genuinely listen, without trying to give you advice or tell you what they think you should be doing, and help you explore what it is you would rather be doing.

A professional career coach can also help you explore what it is you really want to be doing as well as support you through what can be a very challenging journey moving from where you are to where you want to be in your career.

Want to know more? Let’s talk: 0226467818 Angela Couch

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