Quit or keep going?

Let me just start from the beginning. For a  very very long time, I’ve been wanting to get a part time job. As a person I’m very open to new adventures, so I don’t always search for fields I’m familiar with. I’ve found myself applying for jobs before that I have zero experience with but somehow I’ve always managed to stick around and get the job done. This time wasn’t any different. I applied for a job as what many people would call a telephone salesperson and what I basically had to do was book meetings with potential customers for the company’s insurer. I had never had any experience before. All I knew was it wasn’t an easy job and it could be emotionally challenging. During my interview, they prepared me for the worst. People can be rude they said, you have to be able to look past it, and I told myself, ” I can do this”, ” how difficult can it be”, ” Don’t take it personal . But guess what you guys? I thought I was prepared, BUT I was completely mind blown after my very first shift. I could NOT believe the things strangers would say over the phone. And what’s even worse for me, was how rude grown people could be. I definitely took it personally.

I was uncomprehending to what was happening. Like how difficult was it for people to turn down offers politely. After my first shift I was contemplating on whether I should quit or stay but I knew I’d be so disappointed in myself if I gave up that quickly, so I kept on going. Tried to build up my confidence from each uncomfortable conversation I had, tried to get a few tips from my co-workers on how I could do better but nothing was changing. I started to think it’s actually not them, it’s me. I totally sounded so uninteresting and even I wouldn’t hear myself out if I was the receiver. My confidence was all gone by the third week and I wasn’t doing my job correctly. Every time I dialed a number, all I hoped for was that the potential customer had zero interest in what I had to say so that I wouldn’t have to force the conversation. It was then I realized I couldn’t do this anymore. I was counting hours until I could clock out. I was very unhappy and instead of looking forward to my day at work, I was only focusing on how to get through the four hours I had, two times a week. I was starting to feel slightly uncomfortable. Quitting was one of the hardest decisions to make, but I knew deep down that the scariest thing was staying and getting used to being unhappy about my job. I then decided, that wasn’t what I wanted for me and I have a lot of personal stuff going on at the moment, so adding stress from work wasn’t gonna make things any better. So I finally pulled myself together and quit. I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy and the feeling of disappointment was overwhelming but after a while, I realized it was the right thing to do and I’ve learned a lot from this situation.

 

You don’t have to be in a situation that makes you unhappy. If you don’t like your job or anything else in your life, do something about it

 

I’d like to know if any of you guys out there have been in a similar situation and how did you guys handle it?

 

2 thoughts on “Quit or keep going?”

  1. I’m so impressed with the decision you made, and above all is what you learned from it.

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