I'm not sure my new job is a good fit...
January 24, 2014 9:38 AM Subscribe
I have been in a new job for about four weeks. I have moved from another industry into government. I was expecting it to be quite different to my old role, but I'm not sure that I like it. Do I start applying for new jobs?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry this is a bit long on account of being anonymous.
I loved the last place that I worked at, but it was a very small workplace without much scope to move around. I had really enjoyed my job there for most of the time I was there, but after some major achievements over the last few years, wanted a new challenge.
I have always been interested to try out working in this particular area of government and took a job that paid slightly more than my last job - but with less responsibility. I knew this when I took it, but previously had not been successful getting a government job because I didn't have government experience (feedback from interviews).
So I thought this job would be a good bridge into government - it is a year-long contract, so I figured I would have a year where I could learn a lot about government and then be in a good position to move into another role within government. Although, it is also an election year for the jurisdiction I am working for and around here, this typically means a crack-down on hiring at the start of a new term - right when I would be after a new role.
I don't hate the job, but I feel fairly ambivalent about it.
The good parts - I don't think about work at all when I walk out the door at 5pm. I'm thinking of doing a part-time masters and I would possibly get some tuition assistance and definitely get some time allowance for it. I think I have felt very defined by my work for the last few years, so this is making me think about other things.
On the other hand, I am not feeling challenged by the work, and enjoyed being engaged in my last job. Now that I realise how little responsibility I have, I am concerned that the job will look like a backwards step on my resume. It has a job title that sounds much lower than my last - I thought it was just government job titles, but really, it is lower.
I am in my mid-thirties, my last role was a management role looking after a program and managing a team, with a lot of autonomy and decision making power. This role is not management (of anything or anyone).
Since I started, I have been lent out to another team to work on a project that is different to what the role would usually be - doing something I'm good at, but find boring. This project will finish in the next few weeks.
So it is fair to say that I haven't had a chance to really see what the job is about yet. But I also feel I'm 1/12th into a job where I really wanted to learn about this particular area and instead am back doing something I used to do years ago. I am still picking up small bits of new knowledge, but in a passive way from being in a new environment, not doing new things.
I am finding myself looking at job vacancies - whereas with my last job, I didn't start idly looking at job vacancies for a few years. A few jobs have really caught my eye - should I apply for other jobs?
How would I explain leaving so soon in an interview? I feel like I didn't know enough about government jobs to accurately gauge the level of role that would suit me.
Would leaving this job soon be a black mark in terms of getting a government role again at another time?
What else should I consider in thinking about staying or going? If I am going to stay, what can I do to get the most out of it from a work and non-work perspective?