Have you ever had a job you really hated? You loathed the rings of the alarm clock because they reminded you that you had to spend eight hours or more on a job you didn’t like. You performed tasks you thought were menial, worked with coworkers you didn’t care about, had little respect for your supervisor, and even scoffed at the company’s policies. Even if you thought the work environment was adequate, the job didn’t fulfill you. You were performing tasks, feeling you were wasting your time.
In spite of these things, have you ever sat back and thought how that very job could be a training ground for your future? Have you ever thought there might be something in that place that will be of value to you when you get the job of your dreams?
Maybe you are currently sweeping floors, but in this, you are learning to pay attention to details. Maybe you are sitting in a cubicle, answering the phones, but in essence, you are learning excellent customer service skills. Maybe you are dealing with a difficult supervisor and unsavory co-workers, but in this, you are learning to excel despite having to deal with demanding customers.
How do you respond while you’re dealing with a less than perfect training ground? Do you come in late and dare anyone to confront you about it? Do you put forth as little effort as possible just to say you completed your time? Do you downgrade management and use every opportunity to discuss how bad your situation is? Do you rob the company of valuable supplies because you believe the company owes you something?
Even if you don’t reap the benefits from that company, it would behoove you to do your best. When you do your best even in the worst situation, you are sowing seeds for your future. As long as you agree to remain in your position, do what you know is right because it is right. And when the time comes to leave, leave with a clean record, a good work habit and a positive attitude. You never know, the way you respond in someone else’s company (while you’re in training for your dream job) may be the same way someone else responds in your company or under your leadership (once you made it to your dream job).