I Hate My Job and Other Career Frustrations

To Say "I Hate My Job" Could Be A Step To Freedom

When you say "I hate my job", perhaps you are really saying "I need more training." You could be saying "I feel stuck in and see no chance for advancement." And of course, may be have health reasons for your feelings. You are simply sick and tired of where you are."

Yet admitting that you hate your job could mean a possible career change is about to happen. Getting to the place where you actually voice those words isn't all bad (unless you are a chronic job hater).

To admit that you have reached the place of hating your job and wondering when to quit means you are experiencing common career frustrations many of us have gone through.

Yet to finally voice your feelings about your job could be a freeing experience if you are doing so as a healthy reaction to a difficult job situation whatever the reason.

Hating Your Job Means Time For Career Change Analysis

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Can Those In Ministry Hate Their Job?

Sure, even those of us who are in ministry careers reach the place where we hate our jobs. Of course, I am referring to those aspects of the job assignment we find unpleasant, rather than the calling of God that is much larger than a temporary employment situation.

Yet, that is not to say there are never those times we voice to God our frustrations of that calling. I see this again and again in the Bible stories of those who served God.

The lesson here is not about what we are feeling but what we do with those feelings. For many it is to acknowledge honest feelings of job dissatisfaction. For others it is to be pro-active in changing careers, using your gut feelings about your job to motivate you to career change.

For many pastors who hate their job, it is the ministry assignment they hate, due to any number of reasons that have nothing to do with their love for the Lord or even their call to ministry.

Positive Results From Negative Feelings Toward Your Job

Most of the times I admitted that I hated my job, it was due to interpersonal tension with an difficult church board member. And to get to the source of the tension, "I" was the common denominator in each of those situations.

So I needed to allow God to do what I call dispositional surgery. That is the miracle of God's grace, changing us from the inside.

Now you can still hate your job but scripture is clear you cannot hate another person. Even if your perceive them as an "enemy", Jesus clearly instructed us to love our enemies.

There are Biblical steps, such as in Matthew 18, to take to clear the air between you and others that you find difficult to get along with.

Once you take those steps, it may still be possible to hate your job situation. If it is time to leave, do so. Give yourself permission to seek another job or even another career.

Re-framing How You Perceive Your Work Situation

For those exploring when to quit a job, especially when it becomes unbearable for some reason, our negative feelings about our work situation can cause us to sabotage our job and earn us a pink slip (a colorful way in the USA to say we got fired from our job.)

Many have reached the place when saying I hate my job prompted them to finally take action to pursue a new career. For others, that action was imposed upon us by others, when we heard those words "Clean out your desk and return company owned materials".

For me, it was the overload of patients that finally led to my being let go from my last job situation as a Hospice Chaplain. I admit there was tension with new administrators as well, but the truth is I should have quit long before that time.

You see, you may on the verge of the greatest days of your work career once you take action to take positive steps toward a new career.

When I Hate My Job Leads To When To Quit

If you have reached the place where you hate your job, career change may be exactly what needs to happen in your career journey. So go ahead and say it: "I hate my job".

Own your feelings about hating your job, and, should this be the time to quit, let your career frustrations be the motivation to change careers, and even more important, to be changed by God's amazing grace. And perhaps you are on the verge of moving on to the job you love most!

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Perhaps you want to see what I finally did in moving on to a new career.  I explored the program Dan Miller recommended: