When I first started working in an office environment I had no idea what I was doing. I was young and just out of food service. A blank slate ready to be moulded. I was eager to please and quick to learn, and it didn’t take me long to excel at my job.
Employee numbers grew and reduced to almost nothing during the time I was there. Work shifted over to the few who were still there and the fun was gone. At the end I was stressed, bitter and angry. I didn’t want to go to work anymore. I was frustrated at how things were going and determined to move on to something better. So I did.
With my second job, I had more responsibility, higher pay and I was at an organization that could afford to provide summer barbecues and Christmas parties for the staff. I gained confidence, and learned to fight for what I believed in. It was great for the first few years until I started to get bored. I was doing more overtime than I wanted. There was nothing new to learn in my job and the processes were slowing me down. I wasn’t able to work at the speed I wanted to work and I wasn’t satisfied anymore. I saw the things that were wrong and came up with ways to change them. I thought I could improve things for the team and the organization. But a lot of it didn’t happen – recommendations didn’t work out for everyone, there was push back from some and others were ignored, and I got frustrated. Things were just moving too slow for me.
I was desperate to make a change. So I started writing a novel. Got involved with editing an eNewsletter for a colleague. I was steering myslef towards a writing career that would eventually lead me to working at home for myself. But to do that required another few years of working full time and I knew I couldn’t last that where I was. And so when an opportunity to switch careers with another organization came up I jumped at it.
And here I am at my third office job. I’m happy right now, learning about the position, the team and the organization. I’m learning a lot about myself as a result of taking the Myers-Briggs personality test and a leadership test to determine what my leadership skills are. Its also helping me understand why I was unhappy in my previous two jobs and what led to my boredom. Its helping me grow further as a person.
I still think about some of the negative things I went through at the previous two jobs. Its really hard not to sometimes. But I don’t regret my decision to work at those places. I matured during those years, learned some good lessons, gained experience and best of all met some wonderful people.
The past year has been difficult. But I’m back on the path I want to be on. I’m going to finish my novel and publish it this year. I’m going to keep writing in my spare time while I devote myself to mastering my current position. I’m going to grow my social media network and expand my skills. And I know I’m going to enjoy the road ahead.