Happy Monday, y’all! Well, I’ve been hinting at this for a few days but ICYMI: I quit my job. In my perfect world, I would love to say that I quit to pursue blogging full-time, but that’s not the case. However, I am actually excited to share a little bit about this that I have been keeping on the low for some time plus, some tips I would have gotten during college.
So, a little back story: I recently graduated with a dual-bachelor’s degree, concentrations in two subjects and a crap ton of student organizations, volunteer commitments and other things that made my first resume insanely long (It was amazing to cut off a ton of extra lines of information for a sleek one-page resume for job hunting this time around). It was such a great relief to finally be done + have a job waiting for me as soon as I graduated. I was thrilled at the thought because unlike many of my friends, I was so blessed to not have a hard time hunting for jobs and securing interviews. Looking back, I realize that I was on a “high” sort of and missed many things that were a reflection of what my experiences would soon be. So the first think I wish I heard is to trust your gut. You know when you’re about to make a decision that your parents would not be proud of and you feel it in the pit of your stomach because you know it is dangerous or harmful or just not your best judgement? Trust that. For me, looking back, I know that I felt that I hadn’t made a full, honest and complete decision but I had entirely too much pride to say that I made a mistake.
My second bit would be to fully read and understand your job description. This sounds S O simple, but honestly, I feel like a lot of people miss it. No matter if you currently looking or will be soon, I strongly advise you to ask as many questions as you can about the day-to-day job responsibilities or job title or anything else that is causing you confusion. My favorite thing during an interview to inquire about is the “other duties as assigned” bit. This phrase is ALWAYS a net for tons of other duties that could either be exciting or challenging or new or boring or difficult, but you will never know until you ask. I ask how much time would be spent in each sub category of the job. Example: Lets say your main three job descriptions include handling digital + print communications; event planning and supervision of volunteers. If you know deep down that event planning is something you struggle with or need more help/training on, it may be helpful to ask how much of time will be dedicated to that so you know in advance and can seek out the proper resources or help when needed. Learning that your job will be 40% of doing something you don’t think is a talent of yours will either pull you closer to the opportunity of turn you away completely. Both are okay.
My third bit is to never compromise your morals for a job. I feel like this explains itself but I feel like as recent grads, much of the advice we tend to get is “Take whatever job you get” or “Everyone’s first job sucks so just get over it” or “Your job shouldn’t have an impact on your personal life” and I honestly hate all of that so-called-advice. Learning curves are natural, stepping out of your normal is common and trying new things are bound to happen, but drawing the line between compromising morals and who you really are, is vital. Respect is also HUGE here. If you feel like you are being disrespected or purposely treated poorly, it is time to G O.
The fourth bit is to work on your personal development. As much as your job is for you to give and make it better, you job also serves as the perfect opportunity to gain and make yourself better. For me, I love to learn new things. Wether it’s how to do something in Excel or using a new scheduling system for social media or how to fundraise with multiple groups, I love it all. So as you are learning these new skills to benefit your job, you have the perfect chance to dig more into those skills and see how they can transferred to other aspects of your life. For example, if you learning how to work a new budgeting/finance system, you can easily take those skills home to advance your personal billing and budgeting. The one thing I wish I would have had time to do was join a young professionals network. We have one right in my county, but my night schedule would always fill up and I would never be able to make it to meetings. Joining your local YPN could bridge a gap for you connect you with others who are either currently in your shoes and/or been in your shoes before.
Lastly, soak up everything and learn. I totally believe that even if you hate every single second of your job, that you can learn something. (I’m 100% an advocate of leaving a job that you know just isn’t right for you, no matter the time employed) Instead of learning how to manage employees, you may learn how to not manage people based off your experiences. Or maybe this is your first time planning a large event and you excel at some things but completely miss the shot on other things: both are great chances to learn. Even when your time at that job is coming to an end, you can learn from how warm or harsh people treat you or how you balance transitioning from one job to the next. And maybe you stay at a job a little shorter than you thought you would or longer than you really wanted to, but both of those could also be great opportunities to learn but also great talking points when you’re around others who are feeling down and out about their job or are wondering if they should move on and everything in between.
Here’s some just simply from me:
- It is never too early to leave a bad job
- You entire self worth doesn’t have to depend on your job
- You overall mental health and happiness is more important that money
- Never down play your skill set
- Networking is the greatest thing you will ever learn how to do
In case you were wondering how I knew it was time to quit: I was insanely unhappy every single day. I felt that I wasn’t being challenged, learning anything new or pouring into myself. I felt that I had to compromise many things I stood for. I lost interest in personal activities that made me really happy as a result of stress.
So, that’s all for my advice I wish I would have gotten: Trust you gut; fully understand your job description; never compromise your morals; work on your own professional development; and soak up everything and learn. And for tips I have to give. I hope everyone has a l o v e l y week! Below, I’m sharing some pictures of my recent trip to Odom Farm Inc. in Goldsboro, NC! See ya -xo, Azanique