Job Boredom and Depression

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Tuna
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   Posted 8/23/2006 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone....This may not seem like a serious subject to many here, but I am seriously bored with my job.  I have been for some time.  I've tried and tried to make the most of it.  I've been doing the same thing for six years and I'm growing tired and ever more bored.  I even think the boredom, among other issues in my life, has lead to depression.  Can anyone relate or have you been here before, and if so, what did you do about it??
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Tuna

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 8/23/2006 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tuna,

I'm not bored with my job but I know many people that are. The good thing is, if you have a job you can easily look fo something else while you are still working and earning money. Its easier to look for another job when you have a job - if you know what I mean!

If you are unhappy - its best to find something that makes you happy. What job would you like to do?
Have you spoken to anyone about your depression? If you are depressed, dont do anything rash about your joba nd just quit it. You need to think about what you want to do.
I think it would be good to talk to someone about how you are feeling.

Take care
Victoria
 
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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 8/23/2006 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tuna,

Oh yes, been there. Victoria's spot on though: a great place to be looking for a new job from. Why not take a few online tests to see what kind of things you'd be suited to and enjoy (there's one on prospects.ac.uk but there are many others -- aptitude tests I think they call them) -- explore all the options you can -- and have fun doing it. This will help you know what kinds of things places are looking for and help you put together a "knock their socks off" CV!

Let us know how you go and what you find!

Rosie x
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IFIXDIT
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   Posted 8/23/2006 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tuna,

The hardest thing I have had to deal with when I'm depressed is Work! And the real kicker is that I own and operate my own business. I use the fact that my family is depending on me to get going but even with that I get hopelessly bogged down in paperwork. It has been a great source of stress and embarasment. The only words of advice I can supply (and it's already been said) is don't let loose of your security (even if it stinks) before you find a new situation. Truly search your heart for the job that will keep you happy. If I could have figured out how to make a living during the winter I would still be a summer camp maintenance dude.

Good luck and ha ng in there. Jer


stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/23/2006 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   

I SOOO know what you are going through.  My latest depression was brough on by several things, the death of a good friend, many changes in my personal life AND extreme uncertainty about my job.  I was working as an office manager for a group that had extreme growing pains.  My job had changed so much that there was barely anything for me to do.  I had to keep my job because my kids were in college but all of a sudden my job was killing me.  Here are the things that I learned and advise:

1. You are not your job.  While you have this job try to find some interests or activities outside of work that interest  you.

2. Having a job that you don't have to work at very hard frees up mental space for new things.  I went back to school and expanded my skill level. This allowed me to find a new job.

3.  If you can manage the money find a career advisor, it was the best money I spent to change my life.  My career advisor was more than just that, she supported me emotionally, she really listened to me and what I wanted, she recommended the best therapist I have ever met and she had solid skills and tools that helped me move out of a situation that was killing me. 

4.  Don't let go of the job you have no matter what until you have a job to go to.  Even a bad job gives you an income.

 

Best of luck, keep us informed.


Tuna
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   Posted 8/24/2006 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to all who posted a reply...I appreciate everyone's feedback. I have such a fear of quitting this job. There is a certain amount of security here. I have no education to fall back on. All I've ever been is an "assistant" ...Right now I'm an Administrative Assistant. I think the thing that I'm beating myself up the most about is the fact that I don't know what I would like to do. I've taken the personality tests, interests tests, etc. They kind of just reiterate what I already know. My problem is taking action in dealing with the next phase and stepping out of my comfort zone. It is so hard for me to move forward.

Tuna

stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/24/2006 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
A good administrative assistant is difficult to find. You have many more skills than you think you do. This is why I suggested a Career Advisor. A good CA will help you sift through all of the confusing stuff, help you find a direction that is right for you and support you along that road. If you don't have to spend tons of emotional and mental energy on your job then you might be able to go back to school at night. Check to see if there is a local Community College around. It is a small step, it will move you forward and you don't have to lose the security of the job you have until you are ready to move on.
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