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Hate Your Job? You're Not Alone

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Mornings are generally tough, but they're worse when you're dreading going to work. New research released this April on behalf of Rasmussen College suggests that more people than we might think dislike their jobs. Almost a fifth (19 percent) of Americans said they were unhappy with their job and more than half (57) percent said they don't have good growth opportunities.

The reasons for hating work are vast. They range from being underpaid, feeling unfulfilled, being stressed, and not using education skills. Out of the 2000 survey respondents, nearly two-thirds (61 percent) said they have considered quitting their job for these reasons alone.

But what's keeping Americans from taking the leap? Well, fear of losing the paychecks, for one (35 percent of respondents cited the loss of financial security as their main cause for concern). A quarter of people said they are afraid they will regret the decision to leave and another 16 percent feel they don't have the right skills or education to move on.

In response, Rasmussen College created a new Career Hub (the college commissioned the American Workers study) to help people find a career that aligns with their goals, education, skills and interests.

"Having a clear career path from the very beginning is critical so you don't end up stuck in a job outside of your skill set or lack of advancement opportunities," said Tamryn Hennessy, vice president career services at Rasmussen College.

"We know starting a career or leaving a job and starting a new one can be a nerve-wracking experience," said Hennessy. "At the same time, we see... how rewarding it is to pursue a career you're passionate about."

The Hub is dedicated to helping Rasmussen students, and anyone with web access, find a career path that is fulfilling and rewarding. The site is loaded with research data to better help people identify passions, view locations of new jobs, and learn ways to get out of their rut.

If you're stuck in a rut at a job you want out of, you've gotta start somewhere. The hub can be accessed at http://www.rasmussen.edu/resources/what-career-is-right-for-me/. The full report from the American Workers Study is available at http://www.rasmussen.edu/pdf/american-workers-stuck-rut.pdf.