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Losing passion for job and demotivated

Praveen Sharma
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I am a JAVA developer having about 4 years of experience. I tend to lose my motivation and passion for the job by doing the routine stuff on most of the days (defect fixing, documentation etc).
People have told me that staying positive will help in the long run but still I find it hard to get over the sick and dull feeling during the day.

Can anybody suggest me what to do.


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arulk pillai
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Either move on and find something you will enjoy doing or if you want to stick with your current job and not too busy at work learn something new via tutorials and self-taught projects.


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Maneesh Godbole
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Talk to your manager. Tell him how you feel. Encourage him to give you more challenging work and rise up to the challenge. Walk the walk, instead of talking the talk.


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Praveen Sharma
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Thank Arulk. Now another problem, i am not enjoying this software stuff so not very keen to learn anything new. Also, I don't have any other skill apart from Software knowledge hence can't move on and choose something I will enjoy.

Sai Surya
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Praveen Sharma wrote:Thank Arulk. Now another problem, i am not enjoying this software stuff so not very keen to learn anything new. Also, I don't have any other skill apart from Software knowledge hence can't move on and choose something I will enjoy.



Hmm, you can't love what you do and can't get out of it. This seems to be a catch 22 situation. If you want to completely move out of software field, probably try learning hardware or networking. Since you claimed you do not have any other skill apart software, why can't you make it as a base and move to other domains. Like get domain expertise in banking, insurance and be a domain expert.


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Praveen Sharma
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Hi Sai,
You got it absolutely right. This is catch 22. I have thought of getting Domain expertise in banking but shied away thinking that I will have to put years of learning, to reach a good level.

Any suggestion on that, I mean any good courses, which can help me make a transition from my current role.

Note: Currently, my domain knowledge is below average. :-(
Henry Wong
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Praveen Sharma wrote:
You got it absolutely right. This is catch 22.


This is a side note -- as I don't have anything to add to the topic.... technically, this is not a catch-22. A catch-22 is caused by conflicting rules. Neither your passion, motivation, or ability to get into another domain are rules. Conflicting or otherwise.

Henry


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Prasad Krishnegowda
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Praveen Sharma wrote:Also, I don't have any other skill apart from Software knowledge


Is this alone, not a enough factor for the motivation. You can get motivated by two ways, i.e you don't know anything except software knowledge, so you should acquire more skill in software only, or you don't know any other field except software, so you should get motivated to learn other fields.
Anayonkar Shivalkar
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Hi Praveen,

If you don't like software/programming, then you can pursue other fields like management (not IT project management, but from perspective of human resources, finance, marketing etc.), or altogether different things like media, advertising, hospitality etc.

The simplest (not the easiest) way to do this is : acquire a degree of whatever you want/like to do.

All the best!


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Anayonkar Shivalkar (SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD, OCEEJBD)
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Praveen Sharma wrote: i am not enjoying this software stuff so not very keen to learn anything new. Also, I don't have any other skill apart from Software knowledge hence can't move on and choose something I will enjoy.

if possible, how about management roles in your organisation?
Joshua Mccartney
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So why you applied there. If you don't want that kind of job, find the work that will make you happy or motivated or if you can't find a job, find a motivation. That's simple.


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Jan de Boer
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How really bad is it? I do not have passion for my job too. I do not care! I must say, I do not hate it either. I like doing it, 40 hours a week. No really during these 40 hours, people see me motivated. But outside of those 40 hours, I do all kind of other things that have nothing to do with computers. At home, if I turn on my computer, a few dozen updates have to be downloaded and installed first, because I do not even turn my computer on in my free time. Job is job, is getting the mortgage paid. Free time, is free time. There I spend my money what I gained during my job for fun things. I happy with my life, my boss is happy with my work.
 
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