Recently, I’ve been let go from my job.
To be honest, I halfway feel like I saw it coming, halfway feel like it came out of nowhere.
So this was my first big girl job after graduating in 2018. It was a Full Time position with benefits- you couldn’t tell me nothin’! My interview process was straightforward and it went great! I absolutely adore the women who interviewed me. They really took the time to learn more about me and listen to what I had to say and they made me feel so valued. I knew then that those ladies were going to be exceptional women to work with, and would teach me so much.
They didn’t disappoint. I was allowed to do my job without being micromanaged, while having any support I needed within close reach. My boss at the time would have check ins with me and developed a very attractive career development plan for me.
As my luck would have it, she moved on to a new position. I was ecstatic for her, but was sad to see her leave. This was the first time I’d ever experienced so much competency in leadership before. I had plans to continue moving forward with the role and hoping it could still develop into the role we once discussed before.
Then Rona came through. Long story short, I was let go due to budget cuts.
Here’s why I was totally surprised: Things were steady. Not perfect, but steady. I thought I was invaluable. Not because of an ego trip, but I sincerely felt that because of my marketing skills coupled with admin, I put myself in a position that needed to be needed.
Here’s why I wasn’t surprised: I was a Program Coordinator turned Membership Director. As you can imagine, there’s not much programs to coordinate during a pandemic in the nonprofit sector. Even in becoming a Membership Director, I wasn’t really doing much. I felt like an on call employee. I was given time consuming tasks that would have been better suited for an intern, and didn’t always get the feeling I was being heard. Not to mention, when you add in lack of communication, rarely does something good come from that. The bigger factor, I no longer enjoyed my job. I didn’t like the work I was doing, and if I’m being frank, well… we’ll save that TED talk for a lunch date.
Here’s what I learned: To seek positions that will satisfy my goals, and help me grow- regardless of who’s in charge. To not settle. To be honest about what I want, and why I want it. To consider industries, not just job titles. To take into account what the company would look like over the next few years. And above all else, to always quit, before I get quitted on.