A Short Stay
If you’ve checked out my resume page, you’ll see this is the time in my life in which I went through a huge amount of instability. I was living away from home, discovering myself. A young adult, not sure what I wanted to do with my life and unsure how to go about doing it.
The result was, chopping and changing jobs every 6 months, moving between industries and duties without any direction.
I guess this is what happens to everyone when they hit this kind of age. It’s easy to say, finish high school like most people and then pick a degree and go off to University and study and then go to the workforce and so on. But it seems to me this is a flawed system. I don’t really know many people that actually work in the field they studied at Uni. Oh, there are some, seems like every person I know who studied teaching is a teacher, but for the most part, I see people who have studied science who are marketing managers.
And so, I guess you can call this my studying years. Trying to work out what to do, how to do it, why to do it and everything else.
The first part of this, I touched on in my previous blog. I left a job with prospects and a place that wanted me to go to a place that was not really anything.
At Harris Technology the entire organisation was forward thinking, it was all innovative and stuff. Actually, now that I think of it, it really was. They had an open office plan that has been seen around the world now in which there were literally no offices. Executives and data entry people alike were all in one giant open space. There was meeting and conference rooms you could book through the electronic system. It was actually, now that I come to think of it, a very office sharing space type vibe. Everyone was approachable, everyone knew each other’s name.
I wasn’t at Harris Tech very long. And I didn’t commit. Actually during my time there, I even took one week holiday, and during the one week holiday I called them and extended my holiday. It was a temporary contract with the potential for a permanent one, but I didn’t like it.
It was scouring their website for errors and data entry problems and re-entering them properly in their new database. Sometimes answering customer enquiries when no one knew why it said what it said on the website. Frankly it was super boring and I hated it. So I left. I didn’t bother trying. In fact, if I recall correctly, I kind of just stopped showing up to work one day. At least that way I could get “let go” rather than leave of my own accord and be eligible for Centrelink payments while I looked for another job.
Yeah, it wasn’t professional, it wasn’t good, but it was what it was. I never really learnt anything at Harris Technology other than, don’t take a job just because you think it’s going to be cooler than the one you have.