How to know you have found the right job: Joy over Job

We all have bad days at the office. But what should you do if you are convinced you’ve taken the wrong job or made a bad decision? Should you quit right away?, or give it a little more time? 

It has been a whirl wind of a week to say the least.  This time last week I was excited and nervous to start my new job.  I couldn't wait to get stuck into what at the time seemed like a great progression career wise, more money and closer to home.  How could you beat that I hear you say? 

From my first couple of days I realised I wasn't enjoying what I was doing.  The people were lovely, and can't be faulted but work wise I'd taken a step back and it was pretty recognisable.  Suddenly I had dropped down the ranks and everything I worked hard for the last 3+ years I felt had become un-done.  I was starting from scratch.  I'd come home in such bad form and it was really starting to get me down, the feeling of knowing I had Fucked up!

 Nobody I spoke to could understand why I was unhappy.  I was doing less work, getting more money, working less hours and I was 2minutes from my home.  When I think about it like that I'm aware it seems ridiculous and all I could think of was how much of a third world problem I was having.  Some people don't even have jobs, I should count myself lucky? I don't think we should settle for anything in life that we aren't happy with, and I certainly wasn't about to settle for a job I already hated.

Today, I handed in my notice.  I'd thought about it until it drove me mad.  I even sat one night compiling a list of why I should and shouldn't leave.  What the benefits were and the negatives.  The benefits were convenience based really.  The fact I'd be home sooner and have a bit extra in the bank versus a little less and career progression.  I soon realised that money meant little to me,  sure it's nice to have a bit more of it in my pocket but I wasn't happy.  You can't put a price on happiness and when I wittled it down to weekly difference it worked out as a £25 increase.  My happiness is worth much more than a new tee from Topshop.

I am very much someone who strives off development, improving myself and constant learning.  Sure I have taken a round-a-bout approach in regards to my career, but you sometimes have to take one step back and throw yourself into a different situation before you realise what you want.  I've never been in a situation like this before, it was so plainly obvious from the get-go and I was terrified to even bring up the fact I wasn't happy let alone the fact I was leaving.  

I start back at my previous company on Monday.  I can't wait to get back into my routine and working in a company I have a good amount of experience and knowledge with alongside all the familiar faces.  Thankfully there were no hard feelings and they were sympathic in that regard.  Everyone makes a mistake, we all have those oppurtunities we get that we HAVE to take otherwise we would always wonder 'what if' and this was mine. 

Tips & Advice:
  • Don't make any rash decisions.  Ask yourself why you left your old place, what made you take this job?  What aren't you enjoying?  Every job is going to have some trade offs.  Whether it allows you to spend more time at home but less salary, or more salary and a lot more travel.  It's trying to determine whether these are temporary problems you are going to have such as 'alot less work' - maybe the company are easing you into the position or perhaps its more permanent issue and you have taken a step back on your career path.   Ideally you want a job with many positive factors and a few negative that you can live with.
  • Ask Questions.  If they mentioned a particular advantage in your interview, ask when its expected to happen.  For e.g. a really exciting project I was told about in mine wasn't due to start for another 6 YEARS!!  Chat to other staff and see what vibe you get from them.  Is it a great place to work? Or is everyone looking elsewhere?  On the flip, don't be afriad to either ask for more work/responsibilty, ask to help out or to look over the shoulder of a co-worker.  
  • Observe.  For me, observing what others I was working with where doing.  In this case people who were there 15+ years where still doing work which my previous job palmed off to the placement students as entry level jobs.  It was a big indication for me in regards to progression paths.
  • Write a list.  Like I mentioned before I wrote out a list of pro's and con's and weighted them against each other.  It should soon become clear. 
  • Put out feelers.  You have a few options when it comes to this.  You can either reach out to your last employer and speak to a manager and check if there is anything they can offer you.  Whether its been a short enough time that you can swing back into your old position, or negotiate a new one?  If that isn't possible you may could enquire about another job within the same company?  This might not be something you can do if you are there a couple days/weeks but get to know people from other departments and if you enjoy their line of work - ask.  The worst you can get is a no.  If you decide your leaving, get in contact with some recruiters who can do the searching for you and hopefully fit you in somewhere better.
  • Leave the door open.  The last thing you should do is tell your bitch of a boss that you hate them.  Regardless of your decision to leave the company, leave in a way that if a job was to come up in the future you could apply, or if your in need of a reference it's going to be a positive one with no grudges held.  Also, remember your work collegues could be useful down the line, or you could end up working together again later down the line. awkwarrrrrd.

Points to take with you? don't settle for alright, that you aren't confined to stay somewhere you aren't happy.  That your happiness is more important than money, and to not be afraid to speak up.  Most importantly, think it through!