Money and stability mean nothing if you are unhappy. While you're counting the hours until 6 p.m. and the days until Friday, your life is passing. Look for a profession that makes you happier.
Monotonous work can be enjoyable or nerve-soothing. But if that's not your story, a routine without creativity will be stressful. You don't have to convince yourself that everything is fine and everyone lives that way. There are repetitive tasks in any activity, but somewhere, shifting paperwork becomes an end in itself. If you need to create, you won't be able to deceive yourself indefinitely and do things you don't see the point.
Suppose your colleagues mistreat you, then to hell with that team. It may seem that there is nothing wrong with gossiping behind your back or disrespect. Be patient and go home.
But assess this in the context of your whole life. A person spends about 100,000 hours at work. That's more than a decade. I doubt you're willing to spend all that time with people who don't put you in anything.
Emotional stability at work affects even your health. That's why you should look for coworkers and employers who care about their employees. Team building activities, Xboxes, and cookies have become part of office culture for a reason.
Yes, a new profession will require an investment. It takes time and finances to train and search for a job. You will have to ask your supervisor for a w2 form and fumble with paperwork. But when the transition to the new field takes place, you'll start doing something you enjoy. You won't be left counting the days until Friday.
Also, unless you want to go into surgery or nuclear missile construction, you don't need to go back to higher education. There are a lot of applied courses now. Usually, they arrange intensive courses for adults: you work hard for a few months, and then you start sending out a new resume. Even complex technical professions can be mastered in less than a year if you want.
A low salary at the beginning is normal. But over time, your value as a specialist increases. It's unfair and wrong when pay doesn't follow growth.
Or let's say you have a pretty good salary right now. But you know it will stay that way for a long time. So are your responsibilities. The company is happy with your current level, and your growth won't change anything.
Think about whether you want to work in the same status all the time - with no chance of promotion or new activities. In addition, because of inflation and the rising cost of living, your good salary will depreciate over time. That's why you should focus on growth, not stability.
Sitting out the required number of hours per day is a pain and agony even when all the work is done. It's unproductive for the company and exhausting for the employee. Unfortunately, many companies still don't allow you to leave the office before 6 p.m. or come to work late.
At the same time, adequate employers give employees the freedom to be results-oriented, not hours when the opportunity arises. It is respect and trust in the person who takes responsibility for the work himself.