There was a long time that I really hated my job. I felt unappreciated. I was never given any new opportunities. I felt like I was stuck in a dead end job and I was bored. I worked with other people who were really unhappy and I think that affected the way I viewed my job. I felt stuck. I didn't want to leave the company because the company is very convenient for me. My commute is short, good insurance with reasonable premiums, and the hours I work allows me to be able to get my daughter on the school bus in the morning.
A little over a year ago, that all changed. I made a decision that I was going to make the best of my job. My boss never sent me to take any classes or to conferences. But had I ever approached my boss with an opportunity that I would like to participate in? No. No one ever used my ideas, but was I really putting myself out there and speaking up when I had an opinion? Not really.
So I decided to talk to my boss. I asked if I could start taking on some more assignments. I asked if I could take some classes offered at our local college. I asked if I could go to a conference that I had found information on. I've started speaking up more in meetings and sharing my opinions on projects. I've started to be included on more aspects of projects and I'm learning a lot because of it.
A relative of mine used to always say "State your needs." And that's what I needed to do to learn to love my job. I just had to speak up and things started to change.