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This is a discussion on Career Quandary within the Advice Center forums, part of the The Cafe Lounge category; What do you all think about quitting a job because it doesn't match up with your personality? I had to ...

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    What do you all think about quitting a job because it doesn't match up with your personality?

    I had to ask someone's opinion because I'm the kind of person that can literally talk myself into or out of anything with a solid argument for both sides. Makes it impossible to make decisions. Here are the issues I have with my current position of 10 months:

    1. I hate giving presentations and hosting workshops (which are 50% of my job duties... I enjoy the other 50%).

    2. I don't like primarily working from home because:
    a. I need an enforced structure to work under (too much freedom & free time)
    b. I enjoy having competent co-workers to collaborate or socialize with when needed

    3. I hate driving to multiple locations for work.

    4. I hate that my job responsibilities change constantly week-to-week (no set schedule)

    5. I hate that I have no set hours.

    Not only do I want something constant and structured, but I want something where I'm not avoiding 50% of my responsibilities due to social anxiety or just my introverted nature. The hard part is that my job is certainly giving me good experience in the field I want to work in, but I don't know if it's worth me being anxious, unmotivated, idle/lonely, stressed, and annoyed for another year of service (there's a 1-2 year service commitment). I would enjoy and be qualified for a job in office support but that would lead me out of the field I want to work in. What would you do?
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    I'm also very introverted, and my work requires quite a bit of extroversion: leading/directing, presenting, answering to superiors, and generally being a public, "in-charge" figure. It can be pretty terrifying, even when things are going perfectly well. I've learned to love it and thrive in it, though, despite many blunders and mistakes along the way.

    But it sounds like your issue is mainly a lack of structure, not introversion in an extroverted environment. One answer is that you need to create your own structure. Self-motivation is the most critical career skill in life, and no school or college can teach it. The key is to realize that the little decisions you make, moment by moment (wake up or sleep in, work out or eat ice cream, get angry at the bad or be thankful for the good), ultimately determine who you are and who you'll be for the rest of your life. With every little action you take, you need to subconsciously ask yourself if it will lead you closer to or further from your goals.

    For your question, I would honestly recommend gutting it out. It sounds like you're in a good situation, or at least the situation you're in could give you better long-term results than making a short-sighted job switch. Whatever the case, you must make your decision with the long-term future in mind. Will switching jobs now get you closer to where you want to be in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? Then do it. Otherwise, you may be better off sticking with the hardship for now with the expectation of a better situation in the not-so-distant future.


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