How many times have you heard a friend, family member or co-worker complain that they feel they work harder than they are paid? In some rare instances they may be justified but the rest of the time it begs the question, what are you working for?
There are two answers to this question and neither one of them is wrong – you’re either doing it for the money or the experience, and the problem comes when you don’t recognize which you are working for and what the difference is.
If you’re working for the money you are probably not going advance because you will not be taking on any extra, nor should you. Taking on extra will only make you feel bitter, overworked and under appreciated. Those extra projects and menial tasks should be left to those who are working for the experience – to them, those menial tasks have meaning and the experience they gain is invaluable.
The bottom line is recognize what you are working for - if it’s the money find a job that will give you the most bang for your buck and if it’s the experience understand the unpaid time will pay off in the long run.