I visited my profile on LinkedIn and stumbled on this article “The culture of Quitting”.
It hits me as I have a fair share of ‘quitting’ experiences on my almost 3 year’s professional life.
Also, for the past few months I’m considering quitting my current job.
Before I answer that, let me tour you on my past ‘quitting’ experiences.
When I landed on my first job, I’m excited. The company is big and popular to the industry. I’m really lucky to be belong in there even my job position was not related to my course in college.
After 3 months, I resigned.
It was fast. But I guess I’m not really for it. The job is easy. But the people I worked with, nah! They are the hardest.
I told my sisters about it, for advice purposes. And they told me that in every company there are people who are like them: bully and bitches. Even if I quit in there, there is a higher chances that I can still encounter people like them to another company.
Yes, that’s true! But I didn’t listened and pursued my resignation.
My second job is kind of related to my career. The company is also a good one and has a good foundation in manufacturing industry. But it’s only a contractual position. And many knows that after 6 months, the contract will be finish and I will end up jobless.
I took the risk and comes out to be a good experience for me even it was difficult. Difficult in terms of adapting to the fast-pace environment of the production. But I’m happy about it, so there’s no problem to me at all. I even extended my working hours just to ensure that everything on the production was progressing well.
And after 6 months, well I didn’t resigned, but I let them to end my contract.
My supervisor asked me if I wanted to stay. Surprisingly, I said ‘No’.
I didn’t know the right reason for it. But I’m not satisfied. I’ve done my best and even do more than what they expected me to accomplish. But they only offering me extension of contract. And I’m not happy about it.
I’m impatient, you may think of me that way. But you can’t blame me. I have four other siblings and I’m the only one who didn’t have a permanent job that time. Pressure is all over me.
So even I know it will land me to being unemployed once again, I took it and look for another job.
One year after my last job, I realized… I’m not a very lucky person.
I’ve applied to different position that is related to my field, but no luck. No company hired me.
I’m starting to think that I’m stupid, incompetent, and dumb. What else to think?
That’s why I have a brilliant idea of shifting my career. I know this is desperate move for me. But I don’t have any choice then.
Anyhow, I consider looking for a writer position because I really wanted to be a writer. But my mom didn’t allow me to take up Journalism-related courses. She said that money isn’t in Journalism industry. That I must choose a career that could give me a lot of opportunities when I graduate.
So I end up taking an Engineering course. I love it. I really does. But during these jobless days, I’m starting to hate it.
And my luck begin to rise as an SEO company hired me to be one of their writers. Yoo-hoo!
One year and six months after, No, I didn’t resign. I’m still here.
So back to the question of ‘Why?’ at the beginning of this post. My answer is simple, I’m not happy anymore. I want to quit now than to stay and be unhappy. Also, I’m scared that if I stay long, I may not give my 100% best to my job and ruin my good reputation in this company. 😦
You may notice that since my first job up to the current, I have no valid reasons why I quitted my job and my soon-to-be quitting my current job, or so I believe.
But when I read Dave Konkin’s article, this is the only time I fully understand everything. And realized, that my reasons are somehow valid after all.
Because according to his article/point of view, “What is occurring that has these people leaving their jobs? It’s not just about money. Job satisfaction includes a number of values that are to be considered by anyone.
– Purposeful and emotionally involved work
– Management style
– Job security
– Company Culture
– Ethics and values
– Corporate social responsibility
– Support and training
– Appreciation by others of work done
– Company loyalty to its employees
– Support with personal issues
– Opportunity for promotion and advancement” *End of quote
Not all of these are my reasons. I’ll just summarize it all from my first job up to my current job:
– Purposeful and emotionally involved work: Self-explanatory
– Benefits: HMO part only
– Management style: *Sob
– Ethics and values: For some employees, yes. They do need to review the company manual, religiously.
– Lack of training
– Coworkers: Do I need to explain it further?
– Appreciation by others of work done: I’m being appreciated. The problem is, I don’t value it anymore for the reasons above.
Everything seems to fail right now on my career. And this makes me depress.
I’m turning 28 this year. And for some people, this is the age where a person is contented with his/her life, professionally and personally speaking. He/she achieved so many things.
But I don’t reach neither of that.
Am I a failure?
I kept on asking myself that. I just hope if I quit my job, I’ll land to a better job that I will love for good and stay until I reach my retirement age.
*Finger-crossed that it will happen sooner before I quit this job.
If you want to read the article of Dave Konkin “The Culture of Quitting”, you can click the link below.