I have been with Company for 4 years. As my career has grown, everything about my workday has changed dramatically. I feel that most of the changes are positive. However, some of the things that made my original job a great fit for me are gone. Can you share any insights, suggestions, tools, exercises, or books to make this career growth work for me?
posted by calcetinporfavor to Work & Money (3 answers total)
If it matters, I'm 30. After college, I started a career in one industry, and went from Receptionist through Grunt Work to Position-I-Coveted in about 5 years. I mention this to share that I've experienced career growth before, but it was more calculated on my part than the situation I am currently in. I quit because I moved across the country. I work in an entirely different industry now, but I didn't exactly start at the bottom when I got here because my past experience lined up with some of their needs.
The Old Job:
Anyway, my original position with Company was quiet and isolated, and it basically fell into my lap. I didn't seek out the job or the industry, I just answered an ad on Craigslist because I needed to work. I spent most of my time writing and researching stuff online, and some of my time doing administrative office stuff for a group of about 10 people. I had a lot of downtime. I mostly worked from home. I had face-to-face meetings a few times a month, which included things like leading group trainings. My workspace was very quiet, even when I shared an office. I had 1 teleconference every morning, and that was usually it. My bosses were very cool. I liked almost everything about this job, but the money/benefits were so-so and there was no real growth potential. The position literally no longer exists.
The New Job:
The team doubled. Then my bosses left. Then we moved to a much nicer office and became a part of an even bigger team. Then I accepted a promotion to a position with more leadership opportunities and responsibilities, more demands, more meetings, more travel, new bosses and a whole new chain of command. The extent of these changes was not entirely clear to me when I took on the job, and some of them (like the meetings) have crept up on me and keep coming. There is, of course, also more money and better opportunities for future education (both certifications and Masters degrees). I can currently still work from home 1-2 days a week and most of my meetings are teleconferences, though I think those days are coming to an end, too. I still like most of my coworkers a great deal though I see and interact with a lot more of them, a lot more often.
My old job was pretty boring, but I used to actively enjoy how easy and quiet it was. I can't say I actively enjoy how busy I am now, but it does feel good to grow, make more money, and see a future. I'm leading meetings I used to snooze through and... I think this is a good thing. But more often than not, I find this pretty hard. While I'm perfectly capable of being a leader, making decisions, and running meetings, I would rather be by myself.
I never really meant to climb this particular corporate ladder. And I'm not great at this new job (yet?), which I've been formally doing for a little over a year. I still lose track of things, I am not naturally organized in a way that works best for this role, and I am learning as I go. Everyone is being patient with me, and I am getting professional training. I don't think I'm in any danger of them giving up on me anytime soon. I'm improving and I know I can do this. But I want to make sure this is what I really want to do before I sign up for this for the long-term.
How did you figure it out? How do I?