I have a desire to leave that world and go into a different type work that doesn't require me to sit in front of a computer, in a dark cubicle or office doing work that I no longer love. I've been a graphic designer for over 14 years and worked full time, in a few retail companies, for profit and non profit organizations. I've learned a lot and feel proud of my creativity, and the work I make and my employers are happy with my work. I just feel so burnt out and tired of designing for people.
During the pandemic, I worked remote from home, which was a challenge with small children around. I noticed how everyone struggled at my company to adapt and to keep going, yet there was this denial and for the most part people acted as if nothing was wrong. If anything, expectations were higher, pressure was continuous and deadlines where always asap. I became a robot. Answering emails, working on design projects, sending attachments and moving to the next rushed project. Our zoom calls became this facade of professionalism with "how are yous?" meaningless chit chat while avoiding mental health and the obvious low morale. While I am thankful to have this job when others lost theirs and so many are still looking for jobs. I'm grateful I am able to provide for my family. But is it possible to find a job one wants to have? ( I want freedom, human connection, nature, art, education and healing) I don't know what kind of job that would be.
I can try applying to other companies for senior designer or perhaps art director etc, but I worry that I may just encounter the same dissatisfaction within me of this never ending task of pleasing people with logos or posters like a machine that is supposed to be happy and pleasant all the time while depressed inside. Like the saying goes: "no matter where you go, there you are." It's not the company or people, I just don't care anymore about "making things look good" or "branding" or designing things people love today and next year they don't even remember I made them. I really want to make art, my own stuff. I'm 40 years old and I have young children and although I create quality designs and am proficient in this area, I'm disgusted by how I'm expected to do it.
How do I escape office culture, find work that meets my expertise and be at peace with myself?
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Should I Include Self-Employed Job Searcher on My Resume?
Everyone says it is better to have a job than not when searching for a new opportunity. I am unemployed since August 2023 and am working full time to find that next opportunity. If I go back to an office job, it will seriously cut my time spend searching for a new job.
Does it make sense to list my job search as a job on my resume? This is a full-time job, even more so than when I was working. There are a lot of things that go into job searching as well. What do you think?
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Got laid off after complaining to HR
i had issues with my lead like unnecessary touching me and comments like I like you I really like you while all blushing red. After my HR complaint my managers attitude towards me changed and I didn’t look out for a job because I was too lazy to start a new job. And also because I had issues going on at home front. And now at the next layoff 8-10 percent lay off my manger laid me off. I really can’t do anything just makes me mad that the lead who is so creepy didn’t get laid off. Now I am nervous about starting any job. In my tech world it’s so male dominated. I do have 10 years experience where I had no issues. Then I took a few years break and joined back to work and had this creepy lead. Looking for advice to overcome this anxiety.
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Anybody know about proving discrimination in the workplace?
I know that what I have experienced is discrimination (race and age) but need to prove it.
Here are the main points:
I was treated differently from other similarly situated employees. I was held to a higher performance standard while the others got away with everything.
I was blamed for others falling short when we are similarly situated.
I’ve heard racial epithets in the hallway as well as received an email from an executive indicating that they would not hire someone over 60.
I was excluded from leadership conferences, trainings for new employees (when I was the leader of that function).
Company promoted someone after 1 year when it took 6 years for me to get promoted to a management role. Person who got promoted was of a different race and 20 years younger. I was fully capable of doing the job as I received high performance evaluations, and was never asked nor was the position advertised.
My responsibilities have been decreased and reassigned.
I have a plethora of emails from my supervisor and another executive that constitutes harassing and demeaning behavior by them. They were all intentional to impose emotional distress on me.
I have been othered, excluded, bullied, and abused (via email) on a consistent basis.
They have fabricated information about me (in the written form) - defamation and libel.
To sum it up, I have been targeted since 8/2022 when our new COO came on board. He was in cahoots with the HR Manager to get me out of the company. Both lack integrity and I have caught both of them in major lies. The latest was when the HR Manager went to the COO to give notice when she said she found a job. The COO asked her for proof and she fabricated an offer letter from another company and received a $20k raise!
The company was never like this until we got a new HR Manager and COO who are obviously bad apples and are bringing a good company down with their unethical behavior.
I recently resigned from the company as I could not work in such a horrible environment.
I have an appointment to meet with an employment attorney.
Any insights or thoughts would be helpful.
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I’ve accepted my first manager position.
I recently took a new role as a Human Resources Manager overseeing recruitment and retention. I don’t have any direct reports but the first role I’ve held with a “manager” title. I will be responsible for engaging with over 300 employees and I am looking for any advice for someone just starting out. I have worked in recruitment for several years and oversaw various employee engagement initiatives, but I have not had to implement them from beginning to end such as bonus programs, recognition programs, stay-interviews, etc. I am just looking for any advice for a first time manager!
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Hi, my first EA job at a big company.
There's A LOT to know, do and catch up to and no time at all. I help out multiple execs.
Do companies not do a full week or 2 of training sessions anymore? I was trained for 2 days and the rest is through learning labs.
2 weeks in and I'm still going through the imposter syndrome and freaking out. The job market is not pretty and I don't think I can go back there now or want to.