My apologies for the lengthy post, but I had to share.
I’ve been working this job for seven months, for a large manufacturer. I was excited to accept the position last July which was basically given to me. I did not apply because it was initiated by a former boss whom I enjoyed. The pay is great. In fact, it’s more than I’ve ever made in any job. Plus, it’s remote. I gave up a position I’d already accepted prior to this one that I was going to start the following week.
Before I accepted the job, I explained to my boss and coworker that I did not have the experience for a different position which was shared with me for “future cross-training”. When I accepted the job, I had a specific piece of the HR realm to perform which I excelled at and this was to be my area of expertise until “maybe a year later” when I would be trained for the other area.
Fast forward 20 days later, and I’m switched to the position I had no idea how to perform. With little to no training, I proceeded with a hopeful mindset. Maybe they were pulling together the project for some training. It never happened.
I made mistake after mistake and couldn’t catch up. Asking for help was a mistake. I was admonished for my questions. Training moments were few and short. I am not excited about the very large corporation I’m a part of and they pay the employees who manufacture less than $15/hour.
Working long hours and weekends, it didn’t seem to make a difference. I was exhausted woke up daily with an upset stomach, shaking and feeling dread at opening the laptop in my home office.
This Friday last, I was struggling, as usual, and told my boss that I was no longer capable of working this position due to etc…and I needed to move on. I’ve given no date, I have no plan or job lined up, but I feel relieved. My confidence was being drained from me. Unfortunately, it’s all true.
Most people would probably say that I’m incapable and I messed up by turning in my resignation; that I had it made with the remote work and high pay. At the end of the day, it wasn’t worth it and I actually have some interviews from networking on LinkedIn.
Yes, I probably should have gone about it differently. Maybe looked into the history of the culture and learned more about why four people had left this position within a three year period? And if I’d had a crystal ball, I could tell what life was going to be like. Truth is, I now have a clear path and know what NOT to do.
I’m going back to non-profit and want to make a difference. Pay and WFH no longer matter. It’s all about my passion, educating others and positively impacting people’s lives.
Do what you love and have a passion for. Don’t do it for money or out of some kind of loyalty. Do it for yourself and you alone!
Thanks for reading and good luck!
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