Post # 1
I have been working for a non-profit for 2.5 years now and I’ve become bored with my job. I work nights (12-16 hour shifts, 3-4 nights a week) and miss sleeping with my husband at night.
I like that my current job has benefits and my hours are guaranteed, but there is no chance for promotion, and very little possibility of a raise anytime soon. We’ve been on a raise freeze since before I got hired.
I feel stuck and a little frustrated with my current job. I know the market sucks and I should be happy with what I have but I want a chance to grow and be successful at something someday. I’d like to go back to school, but I can’t afford it on what I make now, nor can I even attend classes due to my work schedule.
What should I do bees? I do have call-center experience. There is a call center nearby to my home that is always hiring. I’ve heard it’s a pain to work for them, but I think it might give me a shot at having more time to further my education, move up in the company (or atleast in the industry) and I’d be home with my family at night.
Please give me advice bees!! I’m scared of making a mistake and regretting it for the rest of my life, but I don’t see myself staying where I am very much longer either.
Post # 3
@hopefullbeee: I worked nights (7pm-7:30am) as a nurse and only lasted 2 years with that position. The nights really, really get to you after awhile. For that reason alone, I would suggest looking for a new job.
You seem very unhappy. Look for a new job (do not quit your old one until you get a new one) and then invest in some sort of sleep-aide because you will need them for awhile.
Post # 4
If the call centre is always hiring, what does that tell you? That it’s got a pretty high turnover rate, and I’m not talking about pastries here… Jobs are always tricky but if you’re going to be home more and stressed about your job, is there really a positive net gain?
If a great job comes along that gives you what you’re looking for…jump! I wouldn’t make a lateral or downward move at this critical point personally.
Post # 5
Most call centers have a high turnover rate though…it’s a trait within the industry. Some people just can’t hack it. I’ve worked at both an inbound and outbound call center and both of those also had a high turnover rate, but I did fairly well at both, and was even a top seller on my team. I think the problem with people leaving call centers so easily is that it is a stressful job, and it’s hard not to take your worried about metrics, sales, etc home with you, but if you can manage to relax and leave work at work and maintain a positive attitude and stay motivated, you can be successful. Even then, it’s a risk, and I’m not sure what to do.
The problem with what I’m doing now is that there is no where to go from here. I’ve even had a close coworker, who’s been in this position for over 6 years tell me not to get stuck here. She’s at the point where she’s not sure there’s anything left for her besides this anymore. There’s no way to get a promotion or raise, and I can’t see myself in an entry level slot forever. For now, yes, but not forever. I want to be successful someday. I’ve made mistakes in my life, dropped out of college, but I want to overcome that and make something of myself.
Post # 6
I think if you have worked in a call centre before, the call centre might be your gateway to something greater.
I know people who have worked at call centres, they are definitely not the best places to work, but they are great for a job when you are in school.
There’s no shame in even just applying to different jobs around where you are now. Especially if there’s a chance you will get one and be able to spend more time with your family. You never know what opportunities are out there, or what you can get unless you apply.
Sounds to me like you don’t like your current job, and staying there is not going to do you any good. There aren’t any promotions or even raises happening.
You’ve already been there for 2.5 years, it’s time to find something new. You’ve already learned what there is to learn at this position. Don’t leave your job though until you find something new.
Look for jobs that are flexible, because like you said you want to do some schooling. I think that’s a great idea. It shows you are motivated and willing to do what it takes to upgrade your skills.
Post # 7
I work evenings in a hospital and I’ve done this shift for 2 years. It SUCKS to not be home with my fiance and, while we made it work, I was so grateful that a promotion opportunity opened up that would move me to days because it was causing a LOT of unhappiness in my life. When you work evenings/nights, all you HAVE is your weekend days to see BOTH your hubby, family, and friends. So, you have to choose, and choosing sucks…
My advice to you is to just apply and interview. Non profits are great jobs for your heart and to put to use the great passion you have for your field. But, in this economy, they experience severe cuts, pay freezes, requiring furlough days, and not allowing people to advance in title or salary. My friend is experiencign this working for WIC in Maine. While it was a great job for her to gain experience to apply for her dietetic internship, it’s not a career now that she knows the roadblocks for advancement.
You won’t be making a mistake by trying. I promise you that. Maine is ALWAYS hiring in non profit agencies and those jobs will always be around. Change is good and you never know– you might meet someone at that job that has connections in the field youre interested in. Best of luck!
Post # 8
Call centers suck if you ask me. I did it for like 4 months and I hated it. But since you’ve already done it, I guess you could apply. I also did cold calling to alumni in college and that wasn’t as bad as the call center. I’ve had some bad job experiences so I am staying with my current job til after we are married. I work in the non profit industry as well. I’ve found that the industry is obviously less paying but usually there are other perks. My job has good vacation and they are flexible. Plus it’s really close only 20 minutes from where I live. Are you planning on having kids in the near future? Maybe your schedule would be good for having kids. Or maybe not if your hubs would be waking up all night with a baby while you are at work.