Post # 1
This is a realtively long story but I’ll try and condense it to say that I ended up getting hired by the company that I was doing my practicum at. After one day there.
This particular place has a high turnover rate – about 50% … finding a staff that has been more than a year or two is quite rare. To put it in perspective – they just hired 17 people, and it’s a relatively small agency.
Anyways, I went through 5 days of unpaid classroom training, followed by a 6 hour shadow shift with my supervisor .. and now I’m supposed to go in and sign my offer of employement today. I have a terrible feeling in my gut – and I always believe that you should follow your instinct because it’s usually telling you the truth. I just feel like I don’t fit in the culture there, the job is not something I want to be doing (and I feel mislead because I’m not doing what I was told in the interview that I would be), and I had planned on continuing my education to work in another part of the field. My manager has basically belittled my plans and was quite rude when I told her that I was pursuing further studes online.
I have never quit a job right after I started. I feel terrible, but I honestly do not want to go back there at all. But, I’m conflicted because I don’t want my school program to look bad in the eyes of the employer because maybe there will be future students who would fit in well there and enjoy the job. But, I just don’t.
I was hired as a casual and still have another part time job that I didn’t quit, so it’s not that I wouldn’t have any money coming in. I just don’t know if I should try and stick it out for awhile, or just quit before I work my first real shift.
Post # 2
What do you have to lose by giving it a chance?
Post # 3
If you know its not for you, and you feel misled, then I wouldnt even sign the employment contract. Im not even sure its quitting if you never signed the paperwork to start.
Post # 4
I’m in the HR field, and from my stand point, if a company has that high of a turnover rate and very few long-term employees, they probably wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t show up.
Some may consider it “burning a bridge” but if the comopany is that shitty and you haven’t even signed an agreement yet, you will leave no trace other than a memory to those who were in contact with you.
I say bail. lol
Post # 5
The fact that you had unpaid training and shadowing would lead me to believe you truly know this isn’t the job for you and that’s all you’d need to express to your hiring manager or HR contact.
It’s less costly to the company for you to quit before starting and then you wouldn’t have to worry about the income there with regards to tax time next year… That’s more the practical side of me thinking.
Post # 6
usnavyfiance: LOL! Love how you put it!
Post # 7
When I moved to a new state, I accepted one job only to be offered the one I really wanted a day later. I called the supervisor of the first company and thanked him for his time via voicemail, but never heard back. Since they were leery of interviewing me in the first place due to my out of town address, I worried it would make them look down on other applicants who wanted to relocate. However, both firms work in the same building, and I ran into that hiring manager about six months later. He inquired about my job and congratulated me, and said if I ever wanted to apply again, to give him a call.
Most likely, if the employer has high turnover, they’re used to this. I wouldn’t stress. Just politely tell them you’ve decided you need to concentrate on more schooling, accept another offer, etc – something simple and vague…..and thank them for the opportunity. As long as you don’t air all of your complaints, I don’t think it will hurt the school’s reputation at all.
Post # 8
Why would anyone agree to unpaid training?
Post # 9
About 10 years ago I moved out of my parents home and took up a job in New York. After three weeks of training I KNEW it was not right for me. I felt horrible that they spent money and resources to train me but I resigned. The funny thing is that HR didn’t blame me and wasn’t surprised. It was a risk leaving one job without another set up but it provided motivation to find a new job fast. The next job I took I stuck with and in a short couple weeks it will be my 10 year anniversary with my company.
Post # 10
I am a Groomsmen of a business. The reason they hire 17 people is because they know some are not going to work out. They know that some won’t stay or cut it the first week, and in a couple of months some will realize that they don’t want to work there anymore. By that time, they will probably have already found a replacement for you. Don’t feel bad. If a job is not right for you, then it is better to quit earlier rather than later. It saves HR a lot of hassle. They won’t have to teach you further things, or staff you when they could be giving someone else more hours. They will be annoyed, but since they aren’t paying you for the first few days anyways they won’t be that mad.
Post # 11
Yea, unpaid training would have been enough for me to say no. I didn’t even think that is legal (and I am still seriously questioning if it is, but I guess it may depend on what country you’re in).
Post # 12
greenmile12: I don’t know what country/state you are in, but in the states I’ve lived in the unpaid training would have most likely been illegal.
Post # 13
I wanted to come back and thank you all for your advice. It’s really appreciated.
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but, because I’m an idiot and was trying to rationalize it, that it wouldn’t be so bad and I was just anxious, etc… I signed the stupid job offer.
my last “orentation” shift (6 hours), I specifically expressed to my supervisor that I don’t feel comfortable administering medications, because I’ve only watched it be done once… she acted empathetic and said that was fine because I wouldn’t be left alone for the first few shifts.
Scheduled me for a shift next Friday. All alone. Nobody else working, just me.
then, got a call tonight at 5p to go in an work a 12 hour 9pm-9am night shift. 4 hours notice for a back shift. Haven’t even been trained for rhat shift; not a clue what to even do during it lol.
ive had better training working in retail. Good lord.
Post # 14
Ohhhh good luck. Don’t be afraid to quit if you don’t feel it’s right but it sounds like they are ready to put people through the ringer.
I had a boss who belittled me, made lots of racist and off hand remarks, and I know it wasn’t in my head (people working there gave me a heads up that I need thick skin to be around her and she’s “just like that”). I’m there for a bit longer, but it pays well and I need to tough it out until I move overseas In a few months. Otherwise, I would have left ages ago
Post # 15
Oh goodness – always trust your gut.
I would hand in my resignation if you feel this isn’t for you. Life is too short.