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My Dream Job Became A Nightmare – What Now?

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

Dear Liz,

I am very unhappy in my job. At Christmas dinner at my in-laws’ house my father-in-law asked me “So Anita, do you still have the most amazing job in the world?” It was Christmas dinner so I didn’t want to get into a whole thing about my job, but I said “I’m very fortunate” and left it at that.

I used to have the most amazing job in the world, but that was several years ago. I’m still in the same job, but it’s a horrible job now. The job has gone completely downhill. I’m the Member Services Manager for a not-for-profit membership organization.

I started the job six years ago and it was a great job for maybe the first three years. Then the organization started to rest on its laurels. The service levels started to drop and no one cared. Members stopped renewing so our budgets were cut. 

My boss, our Director of Membership, is distraught about the situation and so am I. She and I met for our quarterly planning meeting last week and I was very honest with her. I said “Christina, I just can’t get excited about the rest of 2016. Member Services is not important to the leadership team anymore, so how can I do my job?”

Christina feels the same way. I hate to quit my job after six years but what was once a great job has become a nightmare. I actually cry in bed sometimes thinking about how much I hate going to work. How can I support our members if no one supports me?

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