Another "Should I Quit" Quandary.
January 16, 2011 9:47 PM Subscribe
I graduated last May, but thanks to part-time jobs and internships, I've got 3 years of work experience in 2 different media-related fields. The problem: I absolutely loathe my day job, for a variety of reasons. I know it's a rough world out there, but I'd appreciate any advice that could help me decide if I need to leave.
posted by shotinthedark to work & money (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the situation: I am a 24-year-old who graduated last May with a B.A. in Journalism (I know, I know.) I live in a relatively suburban area on the west coast, but have been able to build up a relatively thick book of clips in local and a few national publications over the past 3 years by interning all throughout school. Both media outlets I worked for/interned at can offer me stellar references, and I'm extremely close to my bosses there, but they currently have no job openings (go figure).
The only full-time position I could find here after school was working in advertising as an account coordinator. I still get to write on the side (freelancing), but must balance it with my day job, which is pretty stressful (50 hour workweeks plus a 2 hour commute). Let me make this clear - I do NOT want to sound like a spoiled millennial at all. I am extremely grateful to have found a full-time job in this economy, but pretty much just grabbed the first thing that came along post graduation.
The place I work now has an extremely toxic environment; they have lost 7 of 14 employees in the time I have been there (1 year and counting) thanks to our horrible boss. I would go into more detail, but let's just say that every time someone leaves, he gives all of their work to someone else, making all of us do the work of 5 people when we have no experience with tasks he is throwing at us. I am the sole account coordinator on a major account, the office administrator, PR specialist, social media specialist, brand strategist, copywriter, and secretary. He takes great pride in it being a "sink or swim" environment and I was offered no training at all, clients are constantly lied to about our experience, budgets and hours, etc. My personal life has suffered terribly - my boyfriend of 9 years is getting the worst of it, and to make matters worse, my father passed away 6 weeks ago (obviously not an effect of the job, but it makes being there all the more life-sucking.)
To top it off, I have no interest in working in account management. I've found that unless I am doing something creative, I'm just not happy - I would love to go in to graphic design, which was my minor, or in to copywriting or journalism. I've even thought about getting my teaching credential, as I love to help people and be around kids.
I have been saving for the past 6 months and have almost hit my goal of $9,500 (I make $15 an hour, but as I live at home, am able to save what I'd spend on rent.) I think once I get there, I will be okay with leaving, though I have never, ever quit a job before unless absolutely necessary. My self-esteem is pretty low at this point. I know it's a terrible economy right now, but I will honestly work for peanuts and have no qualms with working at a service industry job.
Sorry for the long, long rant. I had to get it out. Any advice is greatly appreciated.