If you have ever experienced a bad job decision, chances are you’ll never forget it! It’s the job where you start dreading it on Sunday with dreams of escaping.
Yet challenging jobs may offer you more than just bad memories despite the stress and energy spent trying to flee from them. While it’s ten times more enjoyable to grow your career with people you like don’t discount the growth from a bad career decision.
A bad job can be defined as one where you feel unappreciated, ignored, discounted and are in a toxic work culture. Your efforts tend to be minimized and your boss or colleagues might feel more like the enemy rather than a team sharing the same goals.
Ask anyone to recall a bad job decision and most will describe the experience as the least enjoyable aspect of their career yet the lessons that come from it are priceless.
It’s human nature to want to erase an awful work experience from your mind but if you turn it around, you’ll see the impact a bad job can have on your career growth in a positive way.
Here are a few ways a bad job decision can help you become savvier now and in the future:
Not all job offers are worth accepting. Just because you receive a job offer doesn’t mean you need to accept it. Take a moment to list all the pros and cons associated with the offer. Pay attention to your inner voice that indicates something is missing.
A bad job will send out numerous clues before you receive an offer. Such as your future manager who pays more attention their cell phone rather than your answers during the interview or a colleague who tells you about the employer’s problems when interviewing you for the job.
The key lessons; you’ll learn how important listening skills are as well as paying attention to your intuition. If you leave an interview with doubts, chances are the employer is sending negative vibes. Listen to the cues, don’t ignore them just because an offer could be near.
Your career goals will be sharpened. Prior to a bad job your career goals might have been all over the map, loosely defined. A bad job decision helps you rapidly identify the skills you enjoy using the most and the type of role that interests you.
You’ll learn about the need to manage and develop career goals as well as knowing what jobs match your skills. Narrowing down you interests is a significant step toward enjoying work.
Teaches you about leadership. The way your boss communicates will teach you more about soft skills than you might realize. Part of what makes a job difficult is the dreadful working relationships with your boss or those around you, the lack of communication creates stress.
You could read volumes of books, take years of leadership training but nothing is as meaningful as to observing how leadership inspires or deflates people. You may know the key skills with good leadership but the lack of skills with bad leadership is just as significant. Learning what not to do is as important as learning what to do.
The lessons of working with a strong leader who encourages and builds trust instead of belittling people and manipulating working relationships sticks with you. You’ll learn the value of crucial communication skills in building teams and rapport.
Asking good questions are vital to your career growth. A hallmark description of a bad job is the lack of transparency combined with fuzzy information that creates conflicts.
A key to your success at work is knowing what’s expected from you. Working hard only to find your efforts pointed in the wrong direction can be disheartening. A bad job will teach you the significance of asking good questions and gaining clarity.
You’ll learn how sharing information and good communication leads to opportunities. The value of asking questions and following-up will stay with you all throughout your career.
Bad jobs can help make your career stronger if you pay attention to what you learned about yourself, leadership and those around you, you’ll come out ahead in the long run.
The most important lesson is forgiving yourself of making a bad job decision and avoid attaching your identity to it. Everyone makes career mistakes. Mistakes are part of growing just don’t lose the value they bring.
What lessons do you remember the most from a bad job decision? How have they helped your career grow?