Many people stay in the same job for years even though they have outgrown it. The reason most stay in unsatisfying positions, is because they are afraid of change. For a few this may sound surprising, but the reality is change scares some people.
I have personally worked with many people over the years who have hated their jobs. Most were over the age of fifty and did not feel that any other career options were open to them. It had been a long time since they had been in college, so going back to school to get an additional degree made them nervous. I really felt sorry for the people I worked with who felt like this. On one hand I can understand their nervousness about going back to school, but on the other hand I cannot understand how they could tolerate coming to a job everyday that they hated. I really feel that this is one of the main reasons why there are so many frustrated people in management.
There was this one guy who worked with me in the marketing department of manufacturing company, who got to the point where he was starting to get depressed about coming to work. He had been in the same position for ten years and no longer found the work challenging, but he didn’t know what to about it. The HR manager suggested that he go back to school to get a masters degree, but he lacked the confidence. He was intimated by the younger generation and didn’t feel he could keep up. When I last checked about five months ago he was still in the same job and still feeling miserable.
Personally, I feel that life is too short to stay in a position you have outgrown. If you continue to do this you will never grow professionally and you will also never found out just what you are capable of.
If you are a person who has outgrown you job, you should at least consider getting some additional education. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to get a four year degree, but instead think about at least getting a professional certification. Over the years a lot of trade and technical schools have been launched all across the country. There are also a large number of grants available which can help with tuition cost. Some of the areas you can get certification in include HVAC repair, nursing assistant, computer animation, graphic design and professional event management.
The bottom line is, there are too many options available today for a person to stay in a job they have outgrown and no longer find challenging.