Nice to hear that you’re enjoying yourself in Sydney!
By the way, I think I owe you this email to inform you that I’ve landed up with a job. However that said, I am still having mixed feelings about this employment. Ironic right? Let me explain the situation below.
Right after I met you on the other day, I was called up for two different interviews for two jobs of different nature – one is a VWO, and the other, Corporate Communications in a government agency. Initially my heart, of course, went to the latter, as I am studying a degree in Public Relations and the job was something that I really yearn for. In fact, I aced pretty well for both interviews.
In a twist of situation, the VWO called me and offered me the position first, then followed by the government agency. As I had difficulty trying to cope my job and studies in my previous employment, I decided to take up the VWO job, thinking that I would appreciate working in an environment that is of a slower pace. During the interview, the boss also expressed his support for his employees in studying part-time too.
However, I am now in my second week of employment and I am starting to feel very regretful of my decision. This job was recommended by my friend, and I am supposed to take over his role. But, when this was the crucial time that he has to hand over his outstanding tasks to me before he leaves, my friend is on a frequent “half-day-off” or “full-day-off”. That hampered the handing over process.
On the first day of work, my friend wasn’t around, this person (who had just left last week) handed over the work briefly to me within 1/2 an hour. Without anything productive to do, I began to feel impatient and puzzled, which somehow had translated to my facial expression (that was my fault, but usually I don’t hide my feelings). In a moment, he said “don’t like that leh”. Of course, I felt very pissed, because everyone heard what he said to me, and that placed me in a very bad light.
To make matters worse, when I was chatting with this person, he told me that since I am about to graduate next year with a degree, he felt that I should had pursue a career in other companies/organisation, as the current VWO is looking for someone on a long-term basis. Certainly, I was in an extremely foul mood (but I managed to hide this feeling)
My boss told me I should be spending time to ask questions about my current work so as to better understand it, but I landed up doing ground visits to the various locations to understand the situation better, and I discovered that some information provided by the person who left, turns out to be untrue.
Also, there were many issues, some that were urgent, some others that is critical on a long-term basis, that were not brought up to me by my friend. That adds to the frustrations that I am having.
I am having half the heart about leaving this company, not just because of what has happened, but also because I do not wish to jeopardize the chance of getting a job as a public relations/corporate communication practitioner after I graduate.
I asked people for their opinion, and I got mixed responses. Some said I should stay and gain some experience, some said that by leaving my current job, it will not be easy to get a job again due to the economy crisis that we are facing now. Some said this job will indeed jeopardize the chances of me getting a job in a PR firm.
However, seeing the pile of unresolved issues at work, I felt compelled to stay behind and clear the mess before moving on.
I had only myself to blame for this. If I had not betrayed and doubt myself back then. I would be gleefully working as a corporate communications practitioner.
Gilbert, what is your take on this?