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'I'm sick of being a minion!'

career question

‘Hi Jo, I’m a marketing assistant but sometimes I feel more like a photocopying-and-catering assistant. I’m sick of being a minion and want more responsibility and respect. What do you suggest? I’ve done this for two years and I don’t want to spend another year wasting my time.’

Tom, 25

career answer

They say it’s a rat race but it sounds like you’re just a rat on a wheel – and you’re going nowhere fast. It’s time to stop behaving like a mouse and let your inner lion ROAR (just ask Katy Perry).

Feeling like you are stuck in a rut is no fun – definitely not for you and not for your colleagues, who can probably sense your negativity oozing like a festering sore. You can’t just wave a magic wand and pray that things will sort themselves out. Sorry – that just won’t cut the mustard. It’s time for some deep self-reflection and to think about what you want in 2014. Is it more recognition, more money or just a complete change from the daily grind?

Whatever the case, it’s up to you to make it happen and to lead the charge in exploring all the possibilities available to you in the year ahead. If you are over your job, stop whingeing and do something about it. Take a good hard look at yourself and think about what it is that you really want.

If you want more money, then maybe you need to change jobs or industry, as it might just be as good as it gets where you are. If you want a promotion, then get out there and talk to the right people to make it happen. Show the important people how capable you really are.

Feel like you are being walked over? Well then you probably are! You are not a doormat, so it’s time to stop behaving like one.

Break out of the rut you are stuck in and make 2014 about YOU. It’s not selfish, it’s self-ful!

Jo Messer

Jo Messer is a Career Development Specialist who has many years of experience in supporting and guiding students and graduates of some of Australia’s most respected universities, as well as mature-aged clients, across all facets of their career. She is a Professional Member of CDAA and an active member of NAGCAS. Whether you have a specific question about how to achieve your career goal or something more general, Jo is available to provide you with up-to-date advice.

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