At the age of twenty, the world was before me. I was able to mold my career into what I wanted it to be. I was working as an Apprentice I.T Technician in Bradford which was a wonderful job with wonderful people, but it wasn’t enough. I have a passion for I.T but I have a bigger passion and that is creating and developing new products and new things. I wasn’t able to do this in the current job I was on so in December 2012, I really got my head down and learnt HTML5 and CSS3. I spent countless nights learning this, going until 2am in the morning just to learn the code that would allow me to unlock my future. I loved it, it allows me to create something with just a couple of lines of code. After five months, I had HTML5 and CSS3 down to a tee, I was brilliant with it but I needed a job that could further extend me knowledge and experience in it. Freelancing and creating example websites could of helped with that but who wants to choose a guy who has two websites on his portfolio, including his own, and pay him thousands to handle on of the most important marketing tools your company has.
I applied for hundreds of jobs. Hundreds didn’t reply, One did. It was a company based in Wakefield that did Email Marketing which I thought would be a really interesting start and could allow me to work with others that shared the same passion and dedication that I did. It was a job that would be able to kickstart my career in web and the entire idea of it had me going head over heels in excitement. It was perfect. I went to the interview in my best suit and I had revised questions and the company itself. I was confident during the interview which I knew I had to be to at least have shot at getting the job. Three days after the interview I gave up hope, thinking that weren’t going to get back to me but after work one day they phoned me and offered me the job. I was so excited to start this new exciting role and get myself full of knowledge from others around me.
My first day went off with a bang. I set off an alarm by arriving too early and didn’t have a computer for the first two days. My optimistic eyes looked past this and believed that It would be a great place to work. My co-worker had been working here for two years and had a good amount of knowledge of email marketing and how to develop emails for the majority of Email clients. I had a line manager that was friendly and looked out for me. For the first two months, the job was brilliant. I was a sponge, sucking up all the information that I would get from my co workers and other workers around me about the marketing sector and email and web development in general.
That’s when it started to go down hill….
One of my co-workers was let go of, for the reason of “She wasn’t needed here anymore” & “This isn’t anything to do with financial reasons”. I looked past this and concentrated on learning and working. This is what I wanted to do and I would prove to them that they had picked a great employee that will make the best product for them. The three month provision meeting came up and I went in nervous, thinking that I might not have made it. They discussed with me that I was doing a good job but they wanted to give me some extra work and prolong my probation period, they gave me thee work that my co-worker had before she left. This is everything to do with the scheduling, data extraction and data importing side of email marketing. They were giving me work that something else got a pay cheque for and didn’t increase mine a penny. My initial reaction to this is that It would be a challenge but it was a workplace and this is expected.
I carried on working as normal, with the same passion and dedication as before, even with the extra workload, and then my daughter was born. At this point, it all changed for me.
Before she was born, I was travelling two hours in the morning and two hours at night. This didn’t bother me because I didn’t have that bond with my daughter yet. I entertained myself with music or a book, it got me through the horribly long journey. Once she was born, it really got me down. I had to set off at 6:30am in the morning to get to my workplace for 8:30am and left work at 5pm to get home for 7pm. When I would come home, my daughter would be about to go to bed, leaving me the whole five minutes to spend with her. This really got to me, I have a daughter and I can barely see her due to having to travel so much for a workplace that doesn’t really appreciate how much work I put in to make them successful.
I got the finance director to one side for a small chat. This is when I explained that I barely see my daughter, I am travelling 4 hours a day and for near minimum wage, it really seemed like this place was not worth it for me. The only reason I am coming into your workplace is because of my daughter and that I need to provide for her. She took this in and replied with…
” Not many parents get to see their children” & “Turn your negativity into positivity”
What? The parents that do not get to see their kids are the parents that are scooting about the country, earning £30,000+ and can provide a happy life for their children. Turning negativity into positivity, how do I turn the near depression of not being able to see my daughter into positivity?
This is when I decided enough is enough. I wrote up my resignation letter and happily handed it into my line manager. The following two weeks that I had to work their were the best two weeks of my work life every. No cares went through my mind of how the company is going to go in the future, the only care on my mind was how I am able to look after my daughter.
On the last day, they attempted to Blackmail me into saying. The same financial director that I said I was near depression approached me and said “How do you think this is going to make Emily ( My Daughter ) feel, you need to set a good example by showing her that you need to go to work and earn a living”. She’s three months old, not three years.
I left this workplace and went freelance for a few months and got a job in the middle of Leeds. The current job I have is the best of all the jobs I’ve had, the people are friendly, the work is different everyday and the workplace environment is brilliant.
To close, if you are considering to leave your job, if it is getting you down or making you feel depressed, get out. Ofcourse you will need to apply for jobs before leaving but if the job is something you don’t look forward too in the morning, you will need to get out. I did and it was the best decision I ever made.