Help – My job is depressing. Should I stay?

Dear Aunty,

I am currently studying Economics and have a professional qualification in Local Government. I have struggled to get a job in the government. I feel like I wasted 3 years in school, I don’t even want to mention doing this course to anyone any more. At the moment I am working as a secretary and I find the job depressing even though they keep promoting me to work in higher offices.
I am just looking forward to completing my current studies but in the mean time should I just settle for whatever jobs that come by even though they are frustrating?

Aunty says,

Firstly, congratulations on gaining your qualifications. Even though you may not be able to see the use of these qualifications at the current time, I am sure that they will be of use to you in the future. Be proud of your achievements and be confident in the knowledge that you have gained.
Secondly, congratulations on gaining employment. The jobs market in Zambia is incredibly difficult for young people and the fact that you have managed to find employment is another great achievement. Added to this it appears that you are a respected employee – this is clearly evident in the promotions that you have been awarded.
Thirdly, in regards to your search for a role in government I ask you to think about what it is that appeals to you about working for the government? Is it the type of work? The working environment? The pay and benefits? Or is it simply that you have a qualification in this area?
The reason I ask you to think about this is that I wonder whether it would be possible for you to find similar satisfaction or stimulation in a non-government role? I am not suggesting that you to give up on applying for government jobs, however I am suggesting that you do not limit yourself to one employer when you clearly have a lot to offer to other potential employers.
I am sure that many of the skills and and much of the experience that you have gained will be transferable to other employers. I am drawn to remember a quote from the recent series of motivational quotes from sporting greats as featured on Go Zambia Jobs. This particular quote was from Satchel Paige, a man who over came many obstacles during his life. He stated , “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” This advice seems appropriate to you and your situation. If you cannot find the role you desire, find another way – you have lots to offer.

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