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2017.5.23

Should you quit your job?

Read the article to find out if you’re in the job that’s right for you.
現在の自分の仕事は自分に合っているのか、記事を読んでみましょう。

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Do you often feel unhappy at work? How do you know when you’re in the wrong job? There’s not one answer that fits everyone, but here are some things to consider while you decide what’s right for you.

Are you using your talent?

Think about the skills you already have. Is your current job making the best use of your talents? If you’re stuck in a position that doesn’t allow you to use your skills and talents, it might be time to start planning your exit.

Do you feel like you can grow?

Maybe your current job was the right fit for you when you left university, but is it time for a change? A good workplace will always have opportunity for advancement. If you find yourself doing the same thing day in and day out, then you’re not growing. You’re probably also bored at work. In that kind of situation, you should probably try to find a workplace where you can learn new things.

Do you agree with your company’s mission?

These days, most people don’t want to just earn money in any way they can. More and more people also want to make sure they work for a company and a boss that they can trust. Working for a company that doesn’t match your values can be very uncomfortable.

Sometimes companies change, and you find yourself working for a corporation that you don’t believe in anymore. If you don’t fit in with the corporate culture, it is time to think about where you’d rather be investing your time.

Can you freely share your ideas?

Is your boss always too busy to listen to you? Are you afraid to speak up in meetings, maybe because you’re worried about how your boss or coworkers will react to what you say? If your ideas aren’t being heard, it’s hard to be passionate about your work. It could also be a sign that your company isn’t invested in you, or that your way of thinking is too different from how other people in your company think.

If you can’t be true to your ideas, it may be time to look for another job.

Is your answer to most of the questions above “no”? Then it may be a good idea to start thinking about changing jobs. However, before you give your notice, make sure you have a clear plan and some savings. Of course finding a new job can be difficult, but it’s a lot easier and more common now than it was a few generations ago. So have courage, respect your beliefs, and get ready to say hello to your next adventure!

Do you often feel unhappy at work? How do you know if your job is right for you? There’s not one answer that fits everyone, but here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re unhappy at work.

Are you using your talent?

Think about the skills you already have. Does your job let you use your talents? If your job doesn’t let you use your skills, it might be time to plan your exit.

Do you feel like you can grow?

Maybe your job was the right fit for you when you started, but do you feel bored at work these days? A good company will always have a way for you to grow your career. If you’re doing the same thing every day, then you’re not growing. You’re probably also bored at work. In that kind of situation, you should probably try to find a workplace where you can learn new things.

Do you agree with your company’s mission?

These days, most people want to feel good about their work. More and more people also want to make sure they work for a company that they can trust. Working for a company that doesn’t match your beliefs of what is important can be very uncomfortable.

Sometimes companies change and new leadership brings different values and goals. If you don’t believe much in these new values and goals, it might be better to look for a company that believes in the same things as you.

Can you freely share your ideas?

Is your boss always too busy to listen to you? Are you worried about how your boss or coworkers will respond to your ideas? If you’re afraid to speak up at work, it’s hard to be happy about your job. It could also be a sign that your way of thinking is too different from how other people in your company think.

If you can’t be true to your ideas, it may be time to look for another job.

Is your answer to most of the questions above “no”? Then maybe you should start thinking about changing jobs. However, before you leave, make sure you have a clear plan and some money saved. Of course finding a new job can be difficult, but it’s a lot easier and more common now than it was before. So be true to yourself, and get ready for a new experience!

キーフレーズ

fit 当てはまる、一致する
talent 才能、素質
be stuck in ~ ~にはまり込んで抜け出せない

ある状況や場所にはまり込んで身動きが取れない、または逃れられない、という意味です。通常ネガティブな表現として使われます。

例:I was stuck in traffic all afternoon.
(午後中ずっと渋滞にはまっていた。)

it might be time to ~  ~をする時(タイミング)かもしれない

ある状況や状態に対して何かを行う良いタイミングであること、またはチャンスであることを意味する表現です。

例:If you’re tired, it might be time to go to bed.
(もし疲れているのならもう寝た方が良いよ。)

exit 出ていくこと
advancement 進歩、発展
day in and day out 来る日も来る日も

毎日毎日、明けても暮れても、という意味です。通常、退屈な事や報われない作業などに使われます。

例:I have to pick up after the kids day in and day out.
(来る日も来る日も、子どもたちの散らかした後を片付けなければならない。)

be bored at ~ ~に飽きる
would rather ~ ~をする方がよい

あることをすることを好む、または選ぶという意味の表現です。rather の後には原形不定詞(動詞の原形)が続き、以下の例文のように “than” を伴うこともあります。

例:I’d rather be at the beach today than working on these expense reports.
(今日はこの経費報告書を作っているより、ビーチで過ごしたい。)

react 反応する
be invested in ~ ~に(力・時間などが)注がれる
look for ~ ~を探す
courage 勇気

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