Do you like your job? Every job has a few annoying things that go along with it. But if you're lucky, you get to work (not “have to”, “get to”) somewhere that’s “just right” - for you. If that’s you, then congrats! You did it! If that’s not you, it’s probably because…
You don’t like the work you're doing.
This is the easy one. If you simply don’t like what you're doing… then here’s an equally simple solution: Change what you're doing. Find a way to augment, disrupt, adjust, move or grow into something else. That, or go out and find what makes you happy. If you hate the work you’re doing then chances are everyone around you knows it. It shows in your attitude, and in your work.
You feel very out-of-place.
It happens. Maybe it’s not the people per say, but the way the people behave within the culture of the company - sometimes a company’s culture attracts the wrong kind of people. Maybe there’s no accountability, or clear goals aren’t defined. Maybe it’ an intangible feeling you can’t quite put your finger on… otherwise known as “the right fit”.
Either way, it’s not working… what to do?
Everyone is going to be great somewhere. A company that clearly states it’s purpose and has defined it’s culture makes it easy to detect whether you’ll be a right fit. If it’s not clear? Be cautious, ask a tonne of questions and remember that you’re looking for work that you can be proud of - in a place that fits you, so you can do great work. Your happiness is in your hands.