My husband hates his job. The pay isn't great, the schedule is awful, and he doesn't feel stimulated. His degree won't help him get a job he likes (poor planning on his part, I know) and he feels he's too old to go back to school (almost 31. I disagree, but it's not my life.) He also feels like his job isn't going anywhere and is very unlikely to. "Stuck" would be the best word to describe it.
The problem is intensified, I believe, because I have a really nice job. The pay is good, I do something I love, my coworkers are amazing, and I'm stimulated on a daily basis.There's room for me to move forward in this career path. As well, my hours are amazing. I think looking at my work life compared to his is making this really rough on him. I've always known vaguely what I wanted to do, got a few degrees to help me get there, started from the ground up, and now am at the top position at my current job location. I feel bad even talking about work to him at this point.
I've tried being supportive and positive but am always met with negativity and, "No, that won't work." Even when I try to play bad cop and tell him what he needs to do to be successful, he'll agree, but then get depressed about everything. I'm at a loss for what to do. I don't want him to feel as though he can't come to me, but it's exhausting constantly being met with negativity.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to approach this? In my dream life, a career counselor would give me some advice (something he refuses to seek..) and I could have something of value to tell him. I feel like I've exhausted all my options.
Thanks in advance...