With notice, of course. I’ll try to make it a short back-story if I can.
Is it worth going to work somewhere I’m not happy just so I can make a little more money? I used to think so…but now I’m pretty sure it’s not. I haven’t really been happy to go to work for two or three years. There are aspects that I enjoy, but in general I’m either bored or frustrated. I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a different job that could replace my income, because what I do is a little specialized. Not that I make that much money, mind you. So basically I’ve stuck around for two reasons: I don’t want to take a pay cut, and I need to carry health insurance on myself and my son.
Well, things have transpired in the last year that are making my job a pain in the ass, and it’ll get worse before it gets better. On top of that, we’ve been wrestling with a lot of changes to computer programs that were supposed to go smoothly…and of course they weren’t. Not only is it a bitch to deal with, there are an increasing number of little things like that that make me unhappy with my organization. I just see poor decision making, poor hiring choices (not related to me, see later comments), poor project and vendor management…etc. Frankly, and I told one of my contacts at another agency the other day, it’s freaking embarrassing. We’ve been reassuring people about these changes for months. Years, actually, and now we have ostrich egg on our faces.
The last straw was Monday, when I learned I wasn’t chosen for a lateral move that I and one other person applied for. I’m about (literally) twice as qualified, and even the manager in charge of that position assumed I was going to get it, because they started making plans to relocate that office. Well due to a fluke of HR, I wasn’t chosen.
Now if you think I’m just pouting and bailing because I’m mad, that’s not the case. I was using that lateral as something that would re-energize me and keep me interested for a few more years, while I learned everything about that job and cultivated what I could out of it. Since I didn’t get it, my interest in staying here is just…zero. In addition, there is no career development, there is no promotional path. Step pay raises are frozen, and cost of living raises are paltry if they happen at all.
I can survive; I have a part time job that I can get 20 hours a week out of until at least the beginning of July. After that, it’s possible the contract might be extended. It pays half what I’m making now. Between child care savings (I can’t be at that job during normal working hours) and some other odds and ends, I’ve got enough to make ends meet. On top of that g/f and I are finalizing plans to consolidate households, which will make the money stretch even further. If I need to, I have time to grab another part time job.
What am I going to do, then? Well, I’ll be honest. I’m going to take a couple weeks to just think and unwind (when I’m not working). Have a serious talk with g/f about continuing to work part-time while I start a master’s degree, which she brought up on her own not too long ago. Or, maybe I’ll find a great job that I love that pays 3/4 what I’m making now, but will turn my career in a different direction with more enjoyment and opportunity.
So there you go…either tell me that you did something similar, or persuade me not to.