- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014
Hey bees. I’m new on WB but have been lurking for a while, and thought I would ask for your advice.
I’m 22, I graduated at the end of 2012 with a bachelor of Engineering in Renewable Energy, and have been working at a small environmental consultancy for about 10 months. I mostly help other consultants with things like air impact studies, reviewing reports, etc. This wasn’t what I was trained in, and it doesn’t interest me, but as a new graduate I am glad that I have a job at all, and the people are friendly.
Around May, however, it became known that the company was struggling financially. Our wages became delayed by about 2 weeks overdue, and this occurred for about 3 months. I also found that they hadn’t been paying my superannuation. I brought this up with my supervisor, and it turns out that they hadn’t paid anyone’s super for 12 months (most other employees didn’t know this either). A few other dodgy practices were revealed. To cut a long story short, my supervisor became director of the business (the old boss is still in the picture), and now things are being managed better. The company was close to liquidation, but managed to survive. They made an agreement with the tax office to pay our super in installments, but I haven’t seen any of this money yet. Payment of wages came back on track for a month or two, but now are a week behind again.
Obviously I have felt very demotivated since all these issues started. The job isn’t what I want to do either. I have looked for jobs in the field I am qualified for, but no-one in the industry seems to be hiring, especially because of the recent election in Australia. The field is quite small as it is.
I feel very frustrated with my job. Half the time I don’t have anything to do, so I’m very bored. The first few months of my job were alright because I was learning things, it was new and different and I wanted to make a good impression. Now it’s all a bit stagnant. My only real friend at my work had an interview recently and the likelihood of getting the job is high. Another colleague also revealed that she received another job offer but my supervisor guilt-tripped her into staying. The company has quite a high staff turnover (about 2 people per year, and there are only around 14 people in the company!)
I really feel like quitting, but I know it’s stupid unless I have another job lined up. The thing is though, I don’t know if I want to keep trying to get a job in my field (renewable energy and climate change). The only reason I did engineering at university was because I was good at maths and science at school. I’m 22 and feel like I should know what I want to do with my life, but I don’t. People say “do what you love” or what you’re passionate about, but I’m not really passionate about anything, I’m just not that type of person. I have been thinking about working in bridal or wedding decorations or jewellery design/sales. My favourite procrastination activity is anything wedding-related, and I love SYTTD.
Sorry this is such a long post (a massive THANK YOU if you even read this far). I know I want to get out of my current job ASAP but not sure in which direction I should go career-wise. Should I continue looking for a job I’m qualified in, even though it could take a year for me to find anything, and I didn’t find it overly interesting even when I was studying. Or should I change to one of the other fields which I think might be more interesting, but I have no qualifications/experience in those fields?
Any advice would be great. THANK YOU!!