I started working out of high school. well I’ve been working since I could at 15, my first job was at Joann fabrics and crafts and I seriously loved it. I was super into scrapbooking at the time, it was actually my senior project (I got 100%. obviously still proud of that accomplishment.) then I started babysitting for my neighbor, “nannying” if you will, once I graduated. then in addition to those jobs, I got a third one at a local restaurant as a hostess/salad expediter. yes that was my title. I had no serving experience and still don’t. which I’m starting to regret ever so slightly because: I’m going to quit my job. there, I said it.
I juggled three jobs after graduation bc I had no idea what I wanted to go to school for, I didn’t even apply to college (not something I would ever suggest.) I caught a break when the bank my dad works out was hiring a bunch of referrals. my sister also got a job, and I’ve been with the company ever since. four years and three months to be exact. I make good money, I have benefits and a 401k with four weeks vacation. oh and I’m on a 7-330 shift Monday through Friday. I have it GOOD.
I was inspired to write this post after reading morningmojoblog.wordpress.com‘s blog the other day about how she was laid off. I commented that I was fortunately not laid off, but I feel like I have lost my job in a way because we are changing lines of business. the company I’m with is turning our location into a collections office.
so I’m in quite the predicament. I’ve been struggling the last few days whether to stick it out or search for other options – it’s hard to take a pay cut! but if there is a time in my life for me to do so, it would be now. this may be the perfect opportunity and the push I need to fully commit to being a Trainer. I’m highly considering going to full time at the gym I work at. it’s scary though. there are so many variables! and the bank is all I know; I’ve been very spoiled with a structured schedule and I’m honestly not sure how I will do without one. then again, how will I know if I don’t try?
I’ve applied to a handful of other places, some in the line of business I want to be in, others that I can use my bank experience as an advantage and another application in sales. so we will see what I decide, but I know deep down collections is not for me. it takes a certain personality type and tough skin to be successful in collections, and I avoid confrontation at all costs. I’m a very positive person but the idea of collecting money from people makes my stomach hurt.
I have a lot to think about and many things to consider! there are a few people I need to talk to like my manager at the gym and my financial advisor. my initial thought when I heard about the new job I would be trained for was to walk out the door, (I’m not that impulsive!) but I know the best thing to do is to weigh every option.
have you been in a similar situation? please comment your personal experiences or words of encouragement. I appreciate the support!