• Emily

Taking a Job for the Wrong Reasons: Real Talk

One of the biggest quick highs in the job market is taking a position for the benefits it provides - like money. We see job postings with the salary included and we immediately start dreaming about what it would be like to earn that kind of money. We apply. We get the job. Reality sets in.


Right out of university I got a cushy corporate job. This job is ideal for individuals looking to grow in a company and stay for long periods of time. While this is a great growth strategy, it's not mine. I took the job because I was a greedy 22 year-old who has student loans weighing her down. I took it with the idea that I could make money quickly so that my student loans would disappear and my life could finally start.


The problem? I'm not actually motivated by money.


I was miserable. I felt like I had taken all my values and threw them out the window, by accepting that position. I waited for my first pay cheque to see if it would increase my motivation. I received it and just felt guilty. After three weeks, I quit.


When you are offered a job - consider all possibilities before saying yes. Find out what you are actually motivated by. One of the biggest quick highs in the job market is taking a position for the benefits it provides - like money. We see job postings with the salary included and we immediately start dreaming about what it would be like to earn that kind of money. We apply. We get the job. Reality sets in.


Right out of university I got a cushy corporate job. This job is ideal for individuals looking to grow in a company and stay for long periods of time. While this is a great growth strategy, it's not mine. I took the job because I was a greedy 22 year-old who has student loans weighing her down. I took it with the idea that I could make money quickly so that my student loans would disappear and my life could finally start.


The problem? I'm not actually motivated by money.


I was miserable. I felt like I had taken all my values and threw them out the window, by accepting that position. I waited for my first pay cheque to see if it would increase my motivation. I received it and just felt guilty. After three weeks, I quit.


When you are offered a job - consider all possibilities before saying yes. Find out what you are actually motivated by. What gets you out of bed in the morning? When you're sitting and daydreaming, where do you see yourself? Work towards that.


Don't take a job for the quick high of money. Or the quick high of hours. Or the environment. While the job may be sustainable for a short period of time, you may find yourself feeling lost and maybe even miserable. At that point, it's time to recognize what you're feeling. Life is too short to stay in a position where you feel trapped because you fell for the "quick high" of money or balance or whatever high it was.


Always remember that you aren't stuck. Just because you made a poor decision, doesn't mean you let that decision dictate the rest of your life. You screwed up. It's a lesson. You learn from it and you move on. Go find that job that gets you excited to be out of bed in the morning. I know you can find it.


Till next time,


Emily Nicole