Stuck in dead-end job and feeing like I’m out of options
Hey everyone, I’m a 24yo marketer in San Diego. I’m stuck at a job I hate — I applied for a marketing job at my current employer (I have a marketing degree and several years experience) but got bait-and-switched into accepting a bullshit paid media writing job (basically stretching out Wikipedia articles into 30-slide slideshows). Long story short, I took the job because I’d just been laid off and I was engaged (now married) at the time and needed a job so my now-wife and her family were comfortable that I’d have an income when we got married.
My boss strung me along for months, promising me I would be able to switch over to a more relevant role, but instead he hired 5 outsiders for the open roles. Then he left the company. I desperately want to leave, but my wife doesn’t want me to leave because she’s afraid I’ll be seen as a job-hopper in future interviews.
TL;DR I’ve worked for 3-4 terrible employers in my 2-3 years since graduation, and I’m stuck in a dead-end job because my wife is afraid future employers will think I’m a job-hopper.
Any advice on what to say to get my boss(es) to give me a chance or how to convince my wife this job isn’t getting me anywhere? I’d greatly appreciate it.
Current TC: $42k base, virtually no benefits
Wife’s TC: $80-90k (she’s a nurse)