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I’m an alien

April 11, 2011

In August last year I took the decision to leave the best job I’d ever had. Like evar! Crazy as it seemed then and still does now, I genuinely felt that it was time. I’d invested 3 years, been given a whole heap of opportunities, I loved the work environment and the people had become more than work colleagues.

All my friends were bored to death of me discussing how great it was and yes, there was an element of snobbery involved with knowing I worked for a company others would do anything to get an opportunity with.

But still I left. For two specific reasons which my darling been-at-the-same-job-for-27-years mama cannot really grasp.

Number one on my list, I’d been promoted too quickly. It happened easily because it was a very small company, but I still felt I wanted more time learning to be the best at my discipline and less time managing.

Number two, which is perhaps stranger for an ambitious person such as myself, vertical promotion does not interest me. My aim in life is not VP, CEO or managing anything of a company I didn’t start myself. Simples.

So, what did I do next, well I joined the world of contractors and started at a project in a bank. If you can imagine being a surfer living in Hawaii and then taking a job as an office teller in Moscow, then you may grasp somewhat how drastic a change I made in work environments. It’s a lot!!

Were it not for the specific project I’m on, you wouldn’t see me working in a bank. I’m thankful for the large numbers of creatives they have too cos if I had to be a lone soldier in this world, I would have long since gone AWOL!

How do you bankers do it? The crazy early starts are one thing, but add to that a culture of dick-waggling, foul mouths, unnecessary bureaucracy, outdated hierarchy, and the assumption that all time can be judged by how many trades could have been made (ok, so maybe not everyone is like that) and what you have is LoloBloggs feeling like an alien who has been kidnapped.

Is the project worth it? Maybe. They say all experience is good experience. A colleague often says to me, if you don’t like your reality, then change your perception of your reality. In other words, become delusional.

So, anyway, here I am, 7 months later amidst an economy where many have been make redundant and jobs are not exactly an abundant feature, I’ve handed in my notice and I’m about to have no job. There are options on the table, but I’ve chosen to be jobless for the next 6 weeks and I’ve booked a couple of trips overseas to occupy my time (if you read my blog, you know how I do.)

I’m interested in what others think of the world of work and the ‘career’ ideology, should you stay in a job you don’t like just because it’s more important to always have a job? Does promotion mean going up the career ladder or getting better at what you do? Is there even such a thing as a job for life anymore?

I’m having some mild guilt, I know there is potentially some arrogance in leaving a job without another to go to, but the other part of me says if you don’t capitalise on your abilities, it’s a waste…..

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2011 9:13 pm

    You, my friend, have always shown you have mental courage for four people…. Good luck.. Bring a souvenir back in any case. 🙂

  2. David permalink
    April 12, 2011 4:41 pm

    Listen great blog. I do remember when you made the change and i must say maybe selfishly, i agree with your point. Its almost impossible to feel at ease at a job you do not love. I myself could not be contained at any of the jobs i have ever worked at for a little time. A job is that place you don’t feel like going to, so why waste life and trouble others business with phony feelings, on the contrary there are also critical considerations involved in making a jump out of a ship into a padling canoe that could either get you there or nowhere( how would you know unless you try ). Now not to say that its easier leaving something and for a potential something of your own but its a better gain if consistent in building your own experience. Like a favorite friend of mines company name and logo say “OYE Own Your Own Experience” which is my personal inspiration, i encourage as many as possibly can to jump with a calculated risk . Jump out with courage in surroundings of great counsels unlikeable at first site but great helpers at last and work out your own experience. Btw. i need you friend. where are you

  3. April 26, 2011 7:49 pm

    excuse me? what happened to the relationship post – and subsequent ones I’ve been dying to read? (sorry I’m a sucker for romance lol)

    I think that when people see intelligent young black women, they automatically think diversity management option. It seems like most corps are looking for that next person that will put them on Diversity Inc. top 10 list and if you’re in STEM-related field, that’s a bonus for them because you can double as Scientist of the Year lol.

    I’m with you on not wanting to move up vertically so fast. People are actually shocked when I say that. To me, your career (and life to an extent) is a marathon not a sprint.

  4. lolobloggs permalink*
    May 2, 2011 12:31 am

    @dhjax why thank-you sir! I shall try to live up to that courage lol!

    @David I adore you!!! I’ma come get my inspiration hit this week! w00t!

    @Chichi hey lady, glad you enjoyed the post, totally agree with you on the diversity point too. Relationship post huh?? watch this space!

  5. May 6, 2011 4:02 pm

    I loved reading this, it is very inspirational. I agree with you on so many levels. As cliche as it sounds; your life is your oyster. I do not believe in conforming and adjusting; nor settling because of uncertainties. There are so many opportunities out there it would be a complete waste not to go for them. I worked non-stop for 3 yrs before being made redundant (there were so many ‘apologies’ from my employers but I felt relieved).
    I feel elated by it all because it has broadened my outlook of life- I can now invest time doing the things I love. I encourage you to continue on your path to greatness, do not feel any guilt. Why compromise? It wasn’t handed to you on plate, you worked damn hard for it!

  6. lolobloggs permalink*
    June 14, 2011 10:12 pm

    Thank you so much Madeleine, and hear hear…no compromise, life is there for the taking!

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