5 life lessons I learned from quitting a job
Ah, the stress of job hunting. You dress to impress, travel, and do the inhale and exhale exercise to calm yourself before embarking on 3 sets of interviews. You do those until one company accepts you to be part of their organization which can be considered as somewhat a blessing. The worst part of accepting the job is that you do not know what's in store for you or the working environment you are about to experience. As for my experience, I was re-assigned from accounting assistant to a teller position and I accepted the job without hesitation. Some days later,I realized that it was the worst decision I ever made but I said to myself that a job is a job.
I was trained on how to analyze transactions and there was no backing out during that time. On the bright side, I was able to meet new friends and enjoy the moment until the personnel told us that we were about to be assigned to our branch the following day. It was time to say goodbye and part our ways. The following day, I was told by my superior to observe how the tellers process transactions. The following day, I processed transactions from cash deposits, withdrawals to checks and let me tell you that it was both detailed and a step by step process. A one mistake in processing transactions and you are bound to reverse everything on the system.
What’s worse is that as a teller, if you miscalculate an amount, you are also bound to pay your mistakes. Good thing I left the teller position already because I don’t see myself paying money for mistakes and hard selling some of the bank's products to customers who don't even care.
1.You will have time to reflect even more
Once you leave the job you don’t like, you are back on submitting resumes to companies and waiting for months to get their approval. Thus, you will encounter more rejections . However, you will have more time to reflect on yourself and re-evaluate your career path. This will build up your path to what your really love so if you think that it's time to quit, do it immediately and search for other opportunities. Life is short to survive a job you hate!
2.More options to come
As soon as I had left, I encountered more vacancies that are related to my college course and these vacancies are much more promising than my previous job such as data analyst, researcher, administrative, office staff, and accounting. This is not to say that my previous job as a teller sucks. It’s just that I know that I will be able to find a purpose in these vacancies. Thus, I make use of my skills that I learned from my degree. If you just quit a job you don't like, it's not the end of the world for you. Maybe, just maybe, your previous job isn't really for you. Remember that you don't have to suffer and survive a job you hate as there are a lot of opportunities for you. Cheer up!
3.You get smarter
Let's admit it folks, the reason why most people stay longer in a job they hate because they are afraid to admit failure. However, you will become more free if you accept that the job isn't for you. Back when I was on a job hunt, I would just submit my resume to job vacancies that were not even related to my degree because for me a job is a job. Moreover, I didn’t even care if the place is very far away from my home which was very pathetic of me.
What’s worst is that I accepted the teller position at a local bank because I was in a hurry and I didn’t even care if I hate it. When I left the job, I realized that the costs I had incurred in traveling from my home to training area were not worth it which I could have used into something more productive such as stock trading.
4.You don’t identify yourself by a job title
Most people nowadays identify themselves by their prestigious job titles and it’s very common for most people to brag their careers. Sure, it’s a self-accomplishment and after all, we humans are raised to achieve something better. However, in today’s society, if people let go of themselves from their jobs, they see themselves as incompetent. When I left the teller job, It was a success to me and I came into my house full of joy. I realized that I made a huge mistake of accepting the offer and it wasn’t what I love. A real success comes from something that you really love.
5. More time to hone your skills
After quitting the job, I figured that it was time to hone my skills ( writing and data analysis) that I lost when I was assigned to my branch. My skills related to my degree were not aligned with my previous job which was frustrating considering the money I had spent into paying my tuition fee just to complete a degree. You don't have to feel bad when you quit a job. In fact, you will have more time to hone your skills.
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