As we all spend the most of our time at work and this is why we have a pay check, I decided to add some post about career management. Some of you might say that I am only 25 and I probably do not know much about career management anyway. It is true that my experience is limited, I will be giving you my thoughts about this topic and you figure out yourself if it can help you out in your personal life or not.
So I finished my bachelor degree in 2003. A year before I had my diploma, I had the chance to work for the back office of a bank. I was balancing trades on stock options and futures. It was a great job in term of network and knowledge. You got to know all the traders (as you are taking care of their trades) and you see how everything is done on the market. When I finished in 2003, they already had their offer in place. I did not look around and started the next morning. I was so excited to get a job in the finance industry!
I got one of my friends in as well. He was a great worker and had strong financial aptitudes. We had a lot of fun during the first three months. We were learning new stuff everyday and having lunch together. That was the good time. Unfortunately, it did not last long.
In fact, things got sour for two reasons; I got bored by what I was doing once I learnt all my tasks and people in the department (beside my friend) were not motivated and wasting their time most than anything else. After a while, I started to have a bad work attitude too. I used to go on the internet, sending emails and my lack of concentration results into many mistakes. These issues were all described in my first evaluation. Worst than that, I realized that some of my co-workers used this opportunity to backstab me. My friend received the similar evaluation a few hours later.
This was a shock for me. I took my weekend thinking about what I have done and if was happy where I was working. The answer was obvious: I was not happy. I then decided to quit my job the next Monday. I did not have anywhere to leave but I though it would force me to get going faster. I found another job within two weeks. It was more fun, well paid (23% more than my previous job) and there was room for promotion ahead of me.
The biggest lesson I learnt from this story is the following: Stop everything the minute you are not enjoying working. You spend more time at work than everywhere else. Make sure this environment is healthy and makes you happy. It was a blessing that my ex employer gave me such bad evaluation at the very beginning of my career. I realized fast enough that this job was not made for me.
The other thing I realized was that if you are not happy where you are, there is no point of having a bad work attitude. You are not helping your co-workers and you are definitely not helping yourself either. The world is small and you never know when you could need you ex-employerâ€™s help later on in life. Keep your relations clean, find another job with a better environment and get off internet and personal stuff at work!
One last note before I go, my friend stayed there and decided to change his attitude. He then switch department later on and got a great promotion. To this day, he is still working for the same company. It was the same situation for both of us, different thinking but two positive results at the end.
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