Post # 16
Update: As we speak I’m on a flight for a last minute business trip, so I’m reassured that they’re investing in me enough to still do that. I think I’ll wait it out until my review in December, and then reevaluate. Thank you all for your feedback!
Post # 17
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
I used to intern at a place which sounds similar to yours – small urban planning firm, government work. The marketing manager was only one non-planner (and woman) on staff at the time, but she turned into a rockstar in the sense that she not only prepared proposals, but managed the front desk, turned into the de fact HR person, did social media for the firm, managed branding and graphic design, and organized the firm’s conference sponsorships and professional development involvement. Ideas for you while you decide 🙂 She also turned into the de fact intern coordinator.
Post # 18
Imo I think you should look for something else but in the meantime give your job your all. I was in your position a few months ago, I took this great paying job that sounded all right, it turned out to be so boring. If I completed my weekly task on that Monday I had nothing to do the rest of the week. I spent majority of my time playing with my phone while having work stuff on my screen. I was miserable. Sure occasionally I was put on research teams and business trips but those were so rare. It didn’t make up for the times when I was at work forced to do my job. So I finally put in my notice and now I’m attending grad school. Obviously a lot of people don’t have the luxury of just quitting and going to school bc they have bills, family to take care of plus it’s a bit insane. But right now it was the best time for me to go back. I’m a lot happier, I feel fulfilled and I’m busy! Which is something I’m shocked I want. Even if I didn’t have the opportunity to go to grad school I would have eventually quit my job.
If you’re unhappy there, it probably won’t get better. They make take you on the occasional trips but idk do you see yourself being happy there until that man retires? Don’t quit now but just look for jobs and if another opportunity comes along, make sure it is what you want. Like pp said the grass can be greener on the other side.
Post # 19
In the meantime, brush up your resume, linkedin and reconnect with contacts who might be useful. You never know what some companies are thinking and if you’re worried about a layoff you’ll want to be prepared.
Post # 20
Are you able to bring in other things to do at work that aren’t work related to fill your time? It depends on the environment for sure, but I read, exercise (I have little 3 pound weights, lol), am currently taking an online course, etc. I’d lose my mind if I only had my work to do because they’re honestly just isn’t enough.
It sounds like there’s only one area that you’re 100% unsatisfied woth (not having enough to do) so maybe if you found ways to counteract that while on the clock it’d be more bearable?
No job will have it all. Some will pay well, but you’ll feel degraded. Some will be so satisfying, but pay squat. I think you need to sit back and reflect how you want to spend your working hours. Are you a career oriented indivudal in that you have to climb the corporate ladder, learn new things, etc. or are you comfortable just showing up, doing your job, getting your paycheck and leaving? Both are completely acceptable approaches, but I think once you determine who you are as a worker you’llbe able to make a better decision.
Post # 21
harmonicsoul : I agree with what a previous post stated about utilizing work time to be constructive. You have already gone above and beyond by reaching out to your team, perhaps taking online classes for a Masters or Project Management would be a good use of your time. I am also in a job where it is ridiculous as to how much time I am on Weddingbee, Facebook, etc. So I decided to go back to school for my MBA and am able to do that at work (which frees up my home life making Hubby and Baby oh so happy).
Does your company offer tuition reimbursement? If not, the school/program that I am enrolled in is 100% online, classes beginning every month, and super cheap (compared to many other programs). If you would like more information, PM me and I’ll be happy to share 🙂
I am glad that they sent you on a business trip–ENJOY! It shows their trust in you and their desire to invest in your future with the company.
Post # 22
akshali2000 : That sounds pretty similar to our company! We have 5 women total, 4 of whom are admin. In general, admin people are asked to take on responsibilities not in their job description. Since I am admin and most junior, it’s pretty natural that I take on more secretarial duties such occasionally manning the front desk, getting lunches, etc. While that’d definitely be more concerning in a larger company with more segregated roles, it’s pretty common for all admin/overhead roles to pitch in to help the engineers and management. I don’t think my coworkers give a second thought to the fact that I do those things.
Post # 23
sparkles8rosegold : That is basically my position right now. Playing on my phone while having work up on my computer (to the point that I’m consistently getting data overages each month), yet traveling occasionally on business. I’d love to go to grad school some day, but as is I have mortgage payments and a wedding to start planning, so I don’t think that will be in the cards any time soon. I’m glad you’re happier and fulfilled now! 🙂
poppy77 : Absolutely! I update the company linkedin page occasionally as part of my job (another task I created for myself since they never updated it before I started), so that’s the one social media I use daily since I can justify it as work related. I get a few recruiter messages a month and I almost always continue the conversation until I learn the position pays less or just a few thousand more than what I’m already making. I have been picky about it but I think I’ll be more receptive and actively start looking for openings if December comes around and things don’t look good.
WesterosBarbie : I could probably do all those things since I’m not really monitored, but I wouldn’t say that they would be encouraged. They’re the type of company that won’t let you work from home during work hours because they want you there if you’re needed at the office for any reason.
ApocalypseCow : I’ve asked about tuition reimbursement, but they were pretty wishy washy about it. I think they’re more likely to invest in their engineers, which makes sense. I’ll message you about those courses, though!