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Love Your Career Field, But Hate Your Job? Move on.

Do you like your career field, but can't stand your job? You're not alone. Many choose a college major or go into a specific career field because they are passionate about a particular area of study. For one reason or another, perhaps because it was the only job available, or a means to get their foot in the door, they end up taking a job and later realize their disdain for it.

It's not uncommon to feel frustrated or unsettled in your job position. No one is saying you have to love your first job and stay there for the rest of your life. If you feel frustrated in your current position, but still like the field it's in, perhaps you should do some reflecting.

Now, in this economy, you can't afford to make any rash decisions. It's important to really take the time to evaluate your situation. Do you really hate your job, or are you just temporarily unhappy with your place of work? Is it your coworkers/boss or is it the actual work that you do? The big question is whether or not the issues are slight enough to be resolved or if they are irreparable.

It is important to consider every aspect of your current work situation before you make any potentially regretful decisions. At the same time, it is important to consider your happiness now, your future happiness and, most importantly, your sanity. If the job you are currently working in is not making you happy or giving you useable experience and enriching your life in some way, it's probably best to move on.

Although you don't like the particular job you are working, you still like the career field and believe it or not, the job you hate can be somewhat of a benefit in terms of experience. Look at this job as your way into the industry, a learning experience. Now you know the basics or more and can use that to get a better position doing something related, but ultimately loveable.

Research your field and get a feel for what opportunities are out there now that you have some experience and network your way around the field that you already have connections in. There are several training programs that can even help you advance in your field. For some positions, it may take a little extra schooling to make it the next step, but it is attainable.

In the end, there is no point to staying in a career that doesn't make you happy. You can love your job. Use your experience you have now, garner the connections you have already made, get the additional training needed and move on. Opportunities are still out there. It's ultimately your choice as to what you do with them.