I've been working at the same hole-in-the-wall pizza place for the last 3 years. I've had enough. I don't have to go into detail because everyone knows the food industry is terrible. Anyways, I'm currently finishing my generals at a community college. I don't have a major yet and I'm meeting with a counselor this week to figure that out. I feel working at the same spot for three years has been holding me back and I'm just ready to go. I feel like I'm not at my full potential and all my friends have moved from entry level jobs to higher paying work (security for example). I honestly think my view on life has gotten extremely pessimistic because of this job. All my friends seem happier and I feel stuck. What steps can I take to find a better job? I have three years worth of experience on my resume since it's my first job but that's it. Any help would be appreciated

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5 months ago

Hey there. 


I'll start off by saying you're 100% not alone in feeling this. MANY MANY people go through this exact scenario or have been through it before. Take relief in knowing you're not actually stuck and you're in a great spot if you're being proactive about this. 


The best advice I can give you right now (in my opinion) is just to explore. It sound cliche and mundane, but the truth of the matter is you don't have to have a 100% answer anytime soon. Most people take a while to truly find their passion, and anyone who has will tell you it took a lot of trail and error. 


As far as finite advice goes, I'd say you're taking a good route. Reaching out to a career counselor is a good step. Consume and digest all the advice people give you but at the end of the day make the decision that feels best for you. Possibly try to find some entry level work in some industries that are interesting to you outside of just pure service industry work. Do a bit of reflection on some of the things you've studied in your past three years in school and pin point that things that genuinely fascinated you. Then from there start looking into how people within that field actually make a living. 


I know a lot of this might sound a bit general, but at the end of the day it'll all be entirely based on you and your interests. Just gotta have the courage the explore some of them.

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