How many times throughout your week do you find yourself repeating thoughts similar to, “My duties at work are boring … I feel like I’m getting dumber … I don’t feel challenged enough.” If these thoughts resonate with you, I’d like to offer a bit of advice.
There is a common misconception we tend to believe in our society: your employer is supposed to meet your professional needs. I hate to tell you, but it is not your job’s job to keep you educated, challenged, or excited. It is not your job’s job to make you happy. I will take this one step further and tell you that what your employer cares about is your contribution to the company. They don’t necessarily care about training you, about furthering your education or about keeping you satisfied. It is very possible they might take steps toward your professional development, which is fantastic – but don’t count on it.
Now that I’ve burst your bubble and shocked your system, I want to share something that nobody ever told me. Since your employer is in no way responsible for your own professional fulfillment, the task lies in your hands. No one and nothing else in the world can be responsible for your happiness, your development or your fulfillment except for you. Take responsibility over your boredom. Find ways to challenge yourself. Research your options and be proactive in your choices. Do not sit back and wait for the next challenging or fulfilling job to come along. The responsibility is yours and you can start today.
This may not be the kind of advice you were hoping to hear. But I promise you, the sooner you take full responsibility for your own development, the sooner you can open other opportunities for your life. Whether this requires a commitment outside of work hours, or spending your own money or having to travel, it is your duty to take full control over your own progress.