In a recession economy many people find themselves underemployed. This could mean that a former manager is now a sales associate or, in some scenarios, a person with college education could be working as unskilled labor. Whatever the case may be, it’s easy for the underemployed to become discouraged.
There are actually some advantages to being underemployed. A lot of life has to do with a positive mindset, so if you just look at underemployment in the right light, you may develop an attitude of gratitude about it!
If you’re truly underemployed, you have a great chance of being promoted. A lot of people aren’t using all their job skills and/or aren’t taking full advantage of their education level simply because there are no jobs. The economy will turn around eventually. And when it does turn around companies will be likely to hire from within. Be thankful that you’re laying the groundwork for your future!
If you’re truly underemployed, your time is your time. The underemployed are very likely to punch a time clock, literally. So when you’re done with work, you’re done. No work phone calls or e-mails at home, no reading up on anything work-related on your own time, no special events to attend on weekends. Be thankful that you have that flexibility!
If you’re truly underemployed, you’ve probably learned new skills. If you studied and planned to work in the field of French Literature, and you’re now working in retail, think of all the new things you’ve learned! The same could be said of the math major who’s working in food service. Be thankful for all the new experiences and opportunities you’ve been given!
If you’re truly underemployed, your job’s not a major component of your life. If your job’s so easy that you can do it in your sleep, it frees you for other things. You’re likely not to come home tired and won’t feel that you have to schedule your time-off around being rested up for work. It gives you a lot of time to pursue other interests. Be thankful that you have that freedom!
If you’re truly underemployed, your job’s not challenging enough to be stressful. If you’re not stressed out at work, you’re not going to bring that negativity home with you. Many people suffer emotional and physical ill-effects from a stressful job. Oftentimes job stress can negatively effect things like family life and general health. Be thankful that this isn’t your current job situation!
If you’re truly underemployed, you’re still getting a paycheck. In this economy there are a lot of people who would be happy to be making a paycheck at all. If your benefits are half-way decent, count your blessings. Be thankful for what is!
Instead of being depressed or ashamed of your current employment situation, look at it positively! There may be a time when you look back and remember this time of your life quite fondly!