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Got a job!

October 31st, 2007 at 03:09 am

I'm still somewhat in shock in having gotten a job, but... Yay!!!

The shock is because a part of my brain is firmly in the "why would anyone want to hire me?" camp. Despite my education and some years of experience I still feel like a little kid a lot of the time.

I had the same exact reaction when I got my last job a few years ago. Its happy shock coupled with a big healthy dose of sheer incredulity. Needless to say I am supremely thankful to the big guy upstairs .

The company I signed on with is small but growing, and their office was really cheerful and airy. It also had a good vibe and passed my Gut Reaction Test immediately - i.e. nothing in my gut screamed "you do not want to be working here!" while I was walking around their office. (Despite being a logical and sane woman, I'm a big believer in my instincts.)

To top it off, its more than what my old job had paid, which I am predictably ecstatic about (although I would still have taken it if they offered me less! shhhh...)

Its sort of a new industry for me, although the job scope is something I have had experience with. Most importantly, the work looks to be a lot less stressful - a point that was really important for me since I want to avoid getting into the same situation as my old job.

I will start officially in about a fortnight so I still have some break left.

I'm excited and happy and thankful and humbled all at once.

And oh yeah, I can't wait to start earning so I can start saving again!

So I quit my job 2 months ago

October 19th, 2007 at 03:38 am

Hi all!

*blows dust off blog*

Its been a while since I updated, and a lot has happened since.

In summary,

- I was burning out at work and was tail-spinning... Towards the end I was regularly having nightmares and would randomly start crying at odd times. I worried all the time about work.

- I had to do something so I talked to my bosses to see what could be done

- They agreed that things were bad for me but told me to "hang in there for one more year" and we'll hire someone to help you

- The next day, I quit my job. The one months notice I served felt sooo looong! I was actually hoping they'd tell me to clear my desk in 24 hours because I really just wanted to leave it all behind that day.

So that's basically the condensed version.

Between then and now I've been taking it easy at home and regaining my former self.

Its been really great and I feel very happy these last two months. I'm relaxed and a huge burden feels like its been lifted from my shoulders.

Since I've been on a break I've been doing all sorts of things I used to love but never did anymore. Like going to the library more often, reading, and dancing. I even did some work around the house and some arts and crafts. Oh and I also started to learn how to drive (believe or not I don't have a license)!

At the same time I've also been slowly looking for another job.

It took me a long time just to figure out what sort of job I want to do next.

At first, I was mindlessly looking out for vacancies that were similar to my last job. I applied and even got a few callbacks. But I felt really awful because I keep thinking abt how horrible it was for me before, and why would I want to do it all over again???

So recently I've been looking at other career options - jobs that might pay me less money, but also come with less stress and more happiness.

I just want to be happy and working.

Wish me luck!