5 Reasons You Feel Trapped in Your Job


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It’s not just escapologists—sometimes we all feel trapped in our jobs.

It’s no picnic to feel trapped in your job, and the damage it does can be considerable. It’s toxic; closing in, weighing down on you, and slowing your steps. Over time, if you let it, you’ll forget how ambitious you used to be, you’ll wonder when your get-up-and-go got-up-and-went, and you’ll get a little nostalgic for how confident you once felt.

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5 Reasons You Feel Trapped in Your Job

  1. 1. Comparing yourself unfavorably to your colleagues is going to achieve one thing spectacularly well: making you feel really, really crappy. Everyone’s better and worse than others on a limitless number of scales. Comparison is redundant. Being confident enough to apply your best, on the other hand, is gold dust.
  2. 2. Some businesses and markets are tougher than others, but it’s been that way since the agricultural revolution. It will always be that way. And only believing the naysayers and doom-mongers will secure your place in the also-ran. People do make moves. People do take leaps. People do reach for better things. You can, too.
  3. 3. Staying put and waiting it out is only a good tactic if it’s part of a larger strategy that you can influence—like saving up enough money to start your own thing. Otherwise, it’s just wasting time, doubting yourself, and carving yourself a rut so deep that feeling trapped becomes a way of life.
  4. 4. When you don’t know what you want, it seems like the only valid option available is to stay where you are until the answer appears, regardless of how trapped it might make you feel. But there is another option: Start asking yourself some questions. Is it a job with more autonomy? Something in a different city? Perhaps you want to get more creative or to take on more responsibility—or maybe all you know is that you don’t want to work for someone else.
  5. 5. The belief that you have to pay your dues, hustle to get ahead, and prove yourself is one of the more subtly pernicious and damaging ones that exists in the world of work. It fuels a sense of having to do what’s expected (from your boss, from your peers, or from society) over doing what’s right—and that’s a surefire way of feeling trapped. The truth is, you don’t have to prove anything. You just have to feel free enough to do your best work, wherever that may take you.
  6. 6. The AMCAT is India’s first employability assessment test that help fresh graduates to get their first job quickly and efficiently.