You may feel settled in your current job, but if you’re not happy, it could be worth the discomfort of trying out a new environment.
by Dawn Van Emdem
I started a new job a few months ago. I mulled it over quite a bit because, while I was unhappy with the management, I was pretty comfortable at my old job. The pay was good, the work was light, I knew what was expected of me and they were already impressed with my work. I was comfortable.
And then I got this offer. It was something new—bigger responsibility, better pay and a new challenge. My old boss wasn’t so happy with me leaving, but he could not offer me the same pay (and he was a bastard), so I left. My last day was on a Friday, and I started at the new job on Monday. Yep, no rest for me.
The first month on the new job was all about getting to know the new people, getting to know my new responsibilities and stressing about the change in my already comfortable routine. Having a new boss and new coworkers meant I had to learn new work habits. I had to learn what this boss expected of me. My old boss was a bit of a dictator, and everything had to go through him. You had no freedom and no room to be creative. The new boss likes go-getters, people that get things done on their own. Call up clients, stay in contact and just keep him updated. So it was a switch for me.
As the new girl, I am still trying to find my place in all of this. I now have a better idea of what is expected of me and what my coworkers are like. I now know their work culture a bit better now. I know who I can turn to and for what. I know who I have to hound to get stuff done.
It’s fun, it’s a new challenge, I’m scared out of my mind and it’s my step forward. I love this because I no longer feel like I am standing still, like I was in my last job. I am learning new skills and challenging myself to be better. I was scared out of my mind to take this step, but I am happy I did. It keeps me moving forward.
So here’s to new challenges and growth.