Just Can’t Get No Career Satisfaction


We all seek satisfaction at work.

This is, after all, where we spend most of our lives. If we always leave with a flat feeling of dissatisfaction, it’s near enough impossible to stay happy. Before we know it, that feeling alone could lead to issues like anxiety and depression.

Not to mention that we’ll struggle to get out of bed to face another unsatisfying day.

The good news is that, often, there are simple reasons for feelings like these. For the most part, your best chance of making a change would be to consider why you’re unsatisfied. Then, you can work on addressing that issue to solve the problem.

While the reasons for this may vary, dissatisfaction often comes down to a few common factors. And, we’re going to look at them here.

An unsatisfying industry

In some cases, it may just be that you’re in an unsatisfying industry.

This is the most extreme conclusion you’re liable to come to, but it could also be the most transformative. Something like a sales job where you’re reaching out to uninterested clients is rarely going to satisfy. While making a sale can feel great, you’ll mainly leave feeling like you’re wasting your time.

If that’s the case then the best way solution here by far is to seek options which serve to satisfy better. Look out for senior care jobs which would never leave you unsatisfied.

Or, seek sales jobs which involve dealing with people who want your products instead of creating cold leads. A career change is, admittedly, no small hurdle. But, it could make a huge difference in your life.

A lack of progression opportunities

The most successful people can feel unsatisfied if their career progress stops for some reason.

Doing the same job for more than a few years without change is sure to get old. Even a career which once satisfied you could stop doing so after a set amount of times. In this case, it’s vital that you seek progression opportunities. Even if you don’t think there are any available, speak to your boss about how you’re feeling.

The chances are that they can offer you something, or at least work to alter your workload for now. A desire to move forward is an essential part of human nature. Satisfy it by taking action towards going further with your career.

Floundering from no feedback

From an extreme change to a small one; sometimes, lack of satisfaction comes down to nothing more than lacking feedback.

They say that no news is good news, but if you forever send work with no word from your boss, it won’t feel like that. You may even soon start to experience anxiety about whether your efforts are up to scratch. You certainly won’t feel satisfied with what you’re producing. If this is your problem, again, give your boss a head’s up.

Something as simple as client feedback could put the boost back in your step, and the satisfaction back into your workday.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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