So your friend has just got a new job and you’re happy for them, right?
Never mind that your office job is a tiny bit less glamorous – your friend has worked hard to get all those free perks they’ll be getting in their new role. They deserve it!
Pardon? They’ll also get to travel as part of the role? And they have to go to lots of celebrity parties? And they’ll have a massive wage? Good! Couldn’t happen to a nicer chap!
Never mind that you’ve been slogging away for a few years working unsociable hours and the biggest perk you’ve been chucked was one staff dinner at Nandos. So what eh? So what if your mate just stumbled into the job? So what that you’ve always thought they were a bit slack? So what if you could totally do the job better than they could? So what if you’re pretty sure they don’t deserve it? YOU’RE FINE! YOU COULDN’T BE MORE FRIGGING DELIGHTED, OK?!
Sound familiar? Well you’re not alone. According to a new poll by Monster.co.uk, we all come down with a case of the green-eyed monster when it comes to our mates’ careers. Over half (60%) of the people who took part in their research admitted to being jealous of a friend’s job – either because it’s better paid (63%), more interesting (54%) or just cooler (25%). And apparently all this jealousy isn’t completely harmless, with almost 28% of respondents claiming job-envy had negatively affected their relationship.
The survey, which questioned over 2,500 people, also found that a massive 68% feel embarrassed of their career choice, with half admitting to lying abut their job, and two thirds lying about their job on a regular basis.
But what types of roles turn us into these crazy-lying-jealous types? Apparently the most envied careers are jobs in the arts, entertainment, sports and leisure (19%), followed by marketing, PR and the media (12%) and banking and finance (10%).
But what should you do if you find yourself getting jealous of your friends’ jobs? Michael Gentle, Head of Consumer Marketing at Monster.co.uk had this to say:
“While most people would admit they may not be in their ideal dream career, it is important to have a role that is rewarding, both personally and professionally, and which suits your skills and talents. If you aren’t satisfied in your own job, it is understandable to feel envious of those who have found a better match.
“Workers often stick with the wrong job because they don’t realise there are other options and better jobs open to them, or they lack the confidence to pursue something different. If you’re not happy in your career, you do not have to settle for less; there are steps you can take to find something better.”
Have you ever been jealous of a friend’s job? How did you cope?