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What to Do When You Hate Your Job
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It’s not just seasonal depression or wanting to take a vacation. You don’t belong on your team or are not proud of the work you’re doing or simply dread going into the office. It’s official: you hate your job. And while it’s very tempting to just put in your two weeks’ notice and walk away if you don’t have a new job ready and waiting, it’s not as simple as dipping into your savings in the middle of a pandemic. 

Most professionals have spent many years in undergraduate and graduate schooling, internships and then work to land in their current roles. But even after years of schooling or earning a JD, MBA or Ph.D. to be qualified for your current work, it might not be the right fit for you anymore. Or maybe you never felt like your work was a good fit for your style and values. Your years of education and experience allowed you to develop your current relationship, skills and capabilities. Now, these degrees and years are a sunk cost; understanding this will allow you to think clearly about your future.  

Here’s the truth, based on our years of guiding and supporting professionals into fulfilling career paths. You don’t have to discount your experience or education to zero just to pivot to a new industry or field. You also don’t have to “start at the bottom” to use your skills and abilities in a new function. This kind of binary thinking leads to feeling more stuck, which can feed more daily unhappiness and feeling more entrenched and trapped in your job.

We asked ArcVida’s community for advice on what to do when you hate your job:


"I’ve been fortunate to pivot out of undesirable situations (which thankfully has been minimal). I can’t offer insights as to why people stay in bad situations. But do your due diligence before accepting a new role - desperation may cloud your judgement and you may actually be in a worse predicament if you move too quickly."

Brian AiChang - Mentor


"If you truly hate your job, I'd recommend that you connect with as many people as possible quickly. Really schedule time every day to work on your job search. Also, find some ways outside of work to de-stress and fill your time.

I've stayed in a bad job longer than I should have due to the great benefits package they offered me. As soon as I made a switch, I wish I had left sooner - those great benefits were not worth the stress it caused in my life!"

Colleen DelVecchio – Cohort Leader and Coach


"I remember hating a job! I didn't have a good boss, and the entertainment industry was no longer something I enjoyed. I started thinking about going back to school, which prompted me to think about what new skills I wanted to learn and what impact I wanted to have in the world. The new sense of direction, accompanied by a lot of hope, gave me the energy I needed to apply for new roles and get out of the other job asap."

Laura R. ArcVida alum


Most people stay in bad jobs because of the comfort of the familiar space and the normalcy of disfunction, in addition to financial concerns."

Suzanne Sheely-Walker – Cohort Leader

How Can ArcVida Help?

After you’ve thought through your considerations before quitting, set up a free session with us to strategize about the right next steps in your journey. Right now, it’s a candidate’s market and there’s plenty of opportunity to find your next role, although pivoting is not as easy as chatting with a friend and we don’t recommend you apply cold ever. Here are some articles to guide your thinking about what to do when you’ve decided you hate your job enough to find a new job and quit the old one! 

ArcVida programs provide the proven process, support and results to move into your best role. To stop hating your work, start by scheduling a free strategy session to share your situation and needs.  After your initial call, we’ll be able to share specific guidance, actionable first steps and can recommend a program that allows you to reach your goals. Career happiness is part of whole happiness and your work happiness is our priority.


Published on 10/20/2021