(Closed) Dream job turned terrifying?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just went through something similar. I got a job working for a world-class university doing educational/non-profit work — something I’d been wanting to get into for a LONG time. It was great at first, but then my supervisor quit unexpectedly and they just expected me to fill in for her, despite the fact that I had only been at the company 60 days and had NO experience doing that type of job.

I did my best and it was IN-SANE. I hated it. Lost sleep, couldn’t eat, kept crying, the whole 9 yards. But I still came to work everyday and did my best. And honestly I think I did pretty well (aside from the anxiety attacks, but ya know).

But they fired me.

I’m not saying this will happen to you, and I hope it doesn’t. But even if this job doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean you aren’t in the right field or you aren’t good enough. Some places are just toxic environments with horrible people.

Just do your best, ask lots of questions, and take deep breaths. Be completely honest with your co-workers and let them know what you can and can’t handle (or don’t feel comfortable handling yet). Give it some time (at least 3 months) before making a permanent decision.

If it doesn’t get any better, that’s not a reflection of you as a person or an employee. It may just be a bad match between you and the company. Just try to take it one day (or one hour) at a time and do your best. Again, if it gets to the point where you are losing sleep or so stressed out you can’t function, look elsewhere. There IS such a thing as a bad work environment and if that’s the case here, it’s NOT your fault and you have every right to work in a place where you feel safe and appreciated!

Good luck! 

Post # 4
503 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

work is work! i work as a before/after school program supervisor at a school

the first two weeks were absolute hell i wanted to run right out. i had to deal with confused people, complaints, two new staff one of whom i had to fire because of violation of policy on very serious matters that i as the supervisor could be held legally accountable for. problems with the teachers we share classrooms with, problem with the school, lisencing, tuition payments, new enrollments. getting complaints/yelled at from every side, trying to do a million things at once, my director didn’t tell me i had to go to work without pay the week before school starts to set up, etc ,etc but my stuff wasnt ready until wednesday so that would give me two/three days to set up which wasnt enough clearly

whatever could go wrong did, simultaneously


and i go to school for something else full time in the middle of the day so im driving back and fourth like a maniac leaving early/coming late tryin to make things work

and last nighti scraped the side of my car in my garage 🙁 i want to cry

Post # 5
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You’ll do fine once you figure out your routine, maybe talk it over with your co worker who does what duties, or switch off patients? Once you find your flow I think your anxiety will get better. 

Post # 7
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s totally normal to be overwhelmed in the beginning. Since you’re there less, make sure you are really absorbing everything your trainer tells you and learning as quickly as possible. Try to be more independent even if you’re not 100% sure you can handle it because pushing yourself will prove to them and to you that you can do it. Once you get the hang of things, it will all get much easier.

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