Guest Post: Getting a job immediately, regretting it immediatelyPosted: 06/24/2011
Fargo Kidder* is a graduate student, crafter, blogger, and dog lover.
Last time I wrote a post for SCOATS, I focused on my desire to take the plunge and become a creative entrepreneur. Two recent posts by “a” made me realize I have something else the readers of this blog might be interested in: what happened to me after I followed my spouse.
So the house and friends situations are great, but the work situation is not. My husband will start his new job in a few weeks, and I’ve been working at mine for just over a month. It was a good thing we opted to move in early May, despite his job not starting until July because I hit what some would consider the traveling spouse jackpot (I discussed this a bit in my previous post, but I’ll touch on it again). I landed a job that is just like my old job. It’s full time, started six days after we moved, and hey, it pays better. Here’s the rub. I know taking this job was absolutely the wrong choice. At the time I got the job offer, I had already planned to work an internship part time while taking my remaining courses online. I would have finished my degree in August and have been able to apply for jobs with a couple years of experience from my old job, as well as no real lapse in employment due to working an internship and going to school full time online.
|Not the guest blogger, but the face says it all.|
Interesting. I didn’t realize til I wrote these thoughts down that the last two months will mean a lot to me long term. Maybe taking this job was the right choice at the time. I maintain, however, that I will GTFO the burbs asap. I will find a way to be a creative entrepreneur.
Today, I was originally intending to explore how I can leave this job without bruising my professional reputation too much. I’ve been there six weeks, and I plan on staying through September, for a total of three months. I’ve been keeping my eye on some job boards since I feel like it will be easier to leave this job if I had the excuse of “well, I wasn’t feeling like this was a good fit and I got this other offer.” But then I’ll be jumping right into ANOTHER job. Honestly, I feel like I need a break. I have been triple-dipping my life in the part-time/online grad school, full time job, and blogging buckets for too long. My personal life suffers. I’m supposed to lose twenty pounds for my health this summer, and I don’t know how to do that while working this much. It’s hard to trust my perception of how I feel about anything when I’m this swamped. UGH. What to do?
*Ha! Still with that terrible pseudonym. I crack me up.