I quit my job today. Very shocking to many considering that I am actually one of those people who can look you in the eye and tell you, “I love my job” and actually mean it.
I’ve never considered my job as work because I found it fun. Sound like crazy talk to you? Well wait till I tell you I actually enjoyed going to school when I was a student. I guess the good attitude followed me through my working life.
I started this job as a nobody who knew literally nothing about web development. I started off as a catalogue writer for the sister-company of the company that dealt with flowers and gifts. Then slowly, I got roped into my ex-company (omg it’s so weird to refer to it as an ex-company).
Whatever I know today, I learned on the job – picking the skills up along the way. I guess, my passion for the work played a part in ensuring that I learned everything pretty quickly. I literally became from zero to hero over the past 2 and a half years most of which were spent talking to programmers and designers: making decision for what’s best for the site. And the project I dealt with are often major projects with major and long uploads.
I’m never a technical person, but now when I go for job interviews, I am told that I am “too technical” – which is always pretty funny to me, hehe. But that’s a clear indication of how much I’ve grown personally and professionally and I am proud of it. It’s a personal achievement.
I know I had a lucky break with this job. I was given the time, the guidance and the trust even though I was practically a “clean slate” in the industry. For that, I am forever thankful to my boss – who has been awesome 95% of my time there.
I made fantastic friends and got to work with some of the most amazing and talented people I ever known. It’s an experience that would be hard to forget even if I tried.
It’s amazing how friendships formed and work get done despite the fact that the people that I work with the most (and got close to) are in fact in Jakarta, Indonesia. Everything was communicated thru email, msn and phone calls – and everything got done done done.
I loved my job so dearly which is why I was in tears throughout the day today. My leaving sudden (with no notice, mutual agreement and it ended amicably – please don’t ask) and everybody was shocked and sad at my leaving. Doesn’t help that I know everybody and have always been well-liked. It made it even harder to leave when I thought about the design team that I had built from scratch.
But I had to, it’s time. I had a good run in the company. I’ve given my best, I’ve done it all and have gained so much experience and knowledge that I never thought I would have. I am thankful for everything that I’ve gained within the past 2 and a half years – no regrets.
My only hope now is to find a greener pastures that has people who are just as awesome and a boss who is just as easy to work with and has faith in me.
So this is me signing out, no more tears I hope. Memories will always be memories but that’s all they’ll ever be.