I started my current job 5 years ago today. I was so excited to start it but I was most excited to be leaving my previous job behind. I hated it so much that I was depressed. I hated my manager and hated the actual job. My manager wanted me to meet with him daily about my sales goals and progress. The office culture was one of backstabbing and petty meanness. One time I made the coffee wrong and the result was an all office email complaining about the lack of competency about whomever made the coffee wrong. I had a long commute for the last six months of working there and I often dreaded the entire day the entire way to work. Sometimes I would leave work at lunch and drive around and cry. It drained me and bled into my entire life.
I needed a fresh beginning desperately and I was thrilled to be given the chance at my current job. With the exception of the one annoying coworker that I wrote about, the culture where I work is very positive. We are encouraged to volunteer up to 40 hours a year and get paid for our volunteer hours. I've left work many times to volunteer at a community function and it is encouraged. My current position also afforded us many financial advantages. I made six figures my first full year. We were able to save and build our house. When I took maternity leave with Lil G, I took off 11 weeks. I only received one phone call to renew my license if I was coming back. I was never called about anything work related because they wanted me to focus on my baby. When I brought him into work, my coworkers were so excited and showered us with gifts and heartfelt good wishes.
The con about my current job is that it is very challenging and can be stressful. I've come to realize that I need the challenge. I don't like the stress but I recognize that it comes with the territory. This past year has actually been the east stressful so I'm hoping it continues this way.
5 years later I'm grateful for my current job but I still vividly remember the frustration of job hunting and the depression caused by hating my job. If my current job ever gets like that, I would quit in a heartbeat. Life is too short to be depressed over work.