Just over a year ago, I moved to Halifax to be with Sunshine. I quit my job in Moncton (alright pay but definite long-term career possibilities) and took one of the first jobs I could…just to make sure I was working and we could pay the bills. It wasn’t a great job, but there was potential for it to turn into a lot more than it was on the surface.
Fast forward to this past summer. As I was preparing for our wedding, the job satisfaction was getting worse and worse. The real estate and new-home building market is in massive decline, so the opportunities for me to do other things weren’t there. It got to the point where I was just a front-desk secretary because there was nothing else for me to do.
Needless to say, I began looking for a new job. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t take the first job available simply because I was eager to move on. I almost did that back in August before the wedding…but thanks to Sunshine, I realized that the job was really a pyramid scheme and declined the offer before I make a mistake I’d regret. I also nearly switched jobs in September, but they were looking for someone who would be willing to move within a year…something not in their job description and something I’m not willing to do at this moment.
So I continued on…making the most of the job I was given. I tried to keep a positive attitude, but it got to the point where I felt so worthless that it began to affect my relationship at home with Sunshine. It just beat me down repeatedly to the point that I felt like I couldn’t do anything right…inside or outside of work. The lack of job interviews wasn’t helping anything, either.
Then, last Friday, I got called into my boss’ office. She said that due to “finance issues”, she had to let me go. She was going to give me a small financial bonus on my next pay “in lieu” of two weeks’ notice…so I was done. She said that she’d try to get me a job somewhere and would be a great reference for me.
So while I wasn’t happy at my job and was looking elsewhere, I was hoping to still have the luxury of employment to hold me over until a new job was acquired. Unfortunately for now, that’s not going to happen.
I’m not going to sit around and mope. I’ve made the decision to hit the ground running. It’s just not about me…it’s about my wife, my kids…I need to do whatever I can to support them, especially with Christmas around the corner.
New beginnings can appear out of nowhere. It’s what you do with those beginnings that define you.