Post # 1
I feel like a jerk for feeling this way when so many people are out of work and can’t find any. I’m very blessed but I’m not feeling it right now.
I posted on the bee a couple months ago that I found out I was losing my awesome job – it is being outsourced to India next year! Luckily my employer was kind enough to tell me in 2010, so I had about three months to figure out what I was going to do before I lost the position.
Amazingly I had no trouble finding a job. None. I had interviews out the wazoo. Thanks, mom, for making me go to college. I jumped on the first position that I was offered- a customer service position. I hate being on the phone, but the job actually paid more than I made at my last position! Significantly more. The hours were quite reasonable. The people seemed nice, so I took it.
This is my second week at the new job. There’s so much to learn and I’m scared my brain isn’t up to the task. It’s not rocket science by any estimation. Basically I help people get their order out of our catalog (it’s a mail order company). But it’s just so… new. One of the boss people came up to me today to ask how things were going and when I said “fine” she said, “it’s way different than what you did before, isn’t it?” which makes me think she had doubts about hiring me (she was one of the people I interviewed with). She always seems to be looking at me like she’s not sure about me! Maybe I am just being crazy, but I tend to have good intuition.
I feel like I ask a question every five minutes. The trainer lady whom I am supposed to ask, seems kind of Not Thrilled every time I come up to her. It’s so awkward.
My last job was the first job I had out of college. Really the first “grown up” job I ever had. And I don’t remember it being this hard. But maybe it was.
I know it’s only the second week. I have months (literally) of training ahead of me. But I’m so anxious and feeling pretty down. I don’t want to complain about this to my family or Fiance, because their response is “find another job!” and I just don’t feel up to re-starting a job search right now. Any advice???
Post # 3
It might be a tough job but I think you should give it more than two weeks to feel it out though.
Post # 4
i think this is a fairly common feeling at a new job…it sucks not knowing how to do everything. there’s always a learning curve, and i think the best advice is to stick with it…it may take a month or two to get acclimated, but i’m sure it will get better.
Post # 5
I have been at my job 2.5 years and it isn’t any better. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but it really hasn’t. I feel awful for hating my job so much, but I know I am lucky to have it.
I got hired here right out of school and I try to cinvince myself that the others are just jealous that I scored a relatively good position right out of school and they didn’t. However, a lot of them are in there 40s+ and hav ebene doing this forever. I feel like they constantly look at me like I’m stupid and wonder why I was hired.
Just try to find yourself the good eggs among all the bad. Is there someone there you like? Try to befriend them. It will be easier that way. There are a few people here that have been good to me, and I try to associate with them the most.
Many hugs because I know how you feel!
Post # 6
Ive been in my new job for currently 3 weeks. I feel like I ask soooooooo many questions that Im now getting hestitant on asking. But there are so many things I need to learn that I havent been taught and I have every right to ask because I genuinely dont know how or havent been shown.
I suggest hanging in there, there will be a day were you wont feel like its new and you will be doing it in your sleep!
Post # 7
God how I wish I could win the lottery so that I could stay home and write all day! No learning curve with that… grumble grumble grumble.
Post # 8
Keep with it! But I completely know how you feel. I am making a job change after the first of the year. I work an office position now at a hospital, and am going to get a nursing assistant position in January to get a little more hands on experience while finishing nursing school. I am nervous already!! But right now, I feel so fortunate just to have a job.
I know having so much to learn and adjust to can be very overwhelming. The fact that you got a job so quick and had so much interest says you are a smart lady 🙂 You should have no trouble making your mark soon enough.
Post # 9
Just remember (as I often have to be reminded) that the longer you are at the job, they more experience you are getting. That can only help in the long run. (Go that Angie? Yeah…at least until something else aggravating happens at my work)
Post # 10
I felt the same way when I first started my job. I’m an auditor for a popular retail chain and I had an IMMENSE amount of things to learn. I felt like I asked questions every 5 minutes and annoyed the hell out of my co-workers who had to help me or fix my issues. It took a while for me to finally fully grasp my job but now I LOVE it. Sure, some of it is monotonous and every once in a while I have visions of running over my co-worker (she’s bat-shit crazy) but all in all I don’t hate getting up every morning to go to work and in this economy, thats really all you can ask for.
The moral of my story is it WILL get better, it will just take time. I’ve been at my company for more than 3 years and I plan to work my ass off and get to the top!
Post # 11
@UpstateCait: that’s all I want, just to be able to get up and do my job, know it and not hate it! That’s what I had with my old job. I love the moral of your story, “it will get better” is my new mantra!