I quit my job because I liked the people. I quit my job because the only reason I was staying was because I liked the people.
I am almost certain that the majority of people stay where they are because they like the other people who work there. I hated my job, but despite this I stayed because I liked the people around me and the company I was working for.
I stayed, I worked late, I worked hard and I got stressed … because I liked the people. I liked my clients, my company was great and I had a lot of fun but I just didn’t like the actual thing I was employed to do.
The more I pondered how I was feeling at work, the more I realised how little I wanted to be there. I was constantly looking at the clock for lunch time or when a reasonable time would be to go home. I wanted to do something I was passionate about, something that meant I wasn’t watching the clock and I didn’t mind staying late because I loved what I did.
An opportunity arose and I jumped at it. Now that I have this amazing new role but I am slightly embarrassed by the fact that I never got out there and searched for a job myself, it took another person to make me jump ship. I find this odd as I don’t normally shy away from problems and would rather tackle them head on, so what? Fear?
I was doing some research before writing this and the majority of articles that I was reading in regards to why people stay in jobs they dislike mainly form around Fear. Fear of the unknown or better the devil you know. And this makes total sense. I wasn’t bad at my job and I was comfortable with the people around me so I guess I was afraid of what might happen in a new company. Would I like the people? Would I make friends as easy? Would I actually like this job?
After a number of interviews (including one with the CEO!) and about a million conversations with my headhunter I did it – I accepted the offer and I start on Monday!
I am excited. I am nervous. But most of all, I am happy.
I’ll let you know how I get on!!