How to Get Out of a Dead-End Job

August 31, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. dead-end [ded-end] (n.) – a situation in which a person is unable to go or move forward
Example:  With no opportunities for career growth, Justin’s work reached a dead end.

2. turn things around [turn things uh-ROUND] (v. phrase) – to fix a problem; to change a bad situation into a good one
Example: The company’s profits started to increase when the marketing team turned things around with their brilliant business strategy.

3. lateral move [LAT-er-uhl moov] (n. phrase) – the act of getting a new job, either in the same company or a different one, at the same level as the previous position
Example: Since Cindy only made a lateral move, her salary remained the same.

4. diverse [dih-VURS, dahy-, DAHY-vurs] (adj.) – having various forms or kinds; different from each other
Example: The company consists of a diverse group of employees coming from different countries.

5. safety net [SEYF-tee net] (idiom) – something that serves as protection from loss, harm or other difficult situations
Example:  The government’s unemployment benefits program serves as a safety net for people who have lost their jobs.


Read the text below.
Business experts offer advice on how to turn things around for employees who feel like they are at a dead-end. gathered data from companies in 190 countries in a company review survey. The website found that one-third of the employees around the world are dissatisfied with their jobs.

Experts gave three solutions to cope with the problem of feeling stuck in a job.

First, one can make a lateral move within the company. Joel Garfinkle, author of "Getting Ahead," said that a lateral move to another group or department can be exciting and challenging. Garfinkle added that an employee who makes a lateral move has an advantage over co-workers when it comes to getting a promotion because of diverse experience.

Second, an employee can go back to school to earn an additional degree or certificate. One should focus on fields that are in demand and in need of talent, such as IT and healthcare, said Al Stewart, founder of Business Mentors. Furthermore, Stewart recommended that one keep his or her job as a safety net while attending school part-time.

Lastly, the most direct way is to find a job in another company. Dan Schwabel, author of "Promote Yourself," advised people to stay in their jobs until they are able to get a new one. He said one should update his or her resume and highlight the skills he or she wants to use in the next job.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Among the three solutions, which do you think is the best? Why?
·         Aside from having no opportunities for career growth, why do you think some people feel unhappy with their jobs?

Discussion B

·         Which is more important to you – salary or job satisfaction? Why do you say so?
·         If you were looking for a new job, what would be the most important factor to consider?


August 31, 2013