SARAH SPEAKS: I GOT FIRED (LESSONS LEARNT)


I got fired (or as the company said,  let go) from my first job.  I rarely talk about it because it's quite embarrassing.  In fact I don't think I ever told my mom and dad. On the surface the job was perfect, a good pay,  good working conditions and my boss and colleagues were so friendly.  Now I didn't exactly love the job but the pay made me stay.   

I had just finished university in Thailand (yeah I lived there for seven years) and my new employment was a relief since it was a non English teaching job,  the norm for foreigners in Thailand. I remember going on various shopping sprees with my hard earned money and feeling like a grown woman.  I no longer disturbed my parents and they were proud.  Not to mention my friends were inspired too.  In fact it was at that point that I understood the importance of seeking God's will in everthing.

I've always heard people stressing the importance of passion over money in a career or job.  In my mind,  I thought," forget the job, the money will make me happy." My first job taught me different. Looking back,  if I were my employer I would have fired me too.  Hate is a strong word but I really did not like that job,  it wasn't what I wanted.  I felt redundant and didn't feel my impact in the company. I found it so hard to get my tasks done or even do them appropriately. I could not quit but I didn't want to stay either.
 I remember being so relieved when I was let go.

At this point in my life, trying to build a career, I keep wondering if one should just go with the money and forget passion.  At the end of the day, it's not just about any job that pays the bills but that job that makes one excited. That job that makes one want to go to work every morning and even look forward to Monday's.  Because if you think about it,  with a basic 9-5 you would spend most of your waking hours either at work, getting to work or going home. So what about "the job",  should one settle or pursue passion?

What are your thoughts on this?

16 comments:

Praise Abu said...

This is basically my life right now.
When I started my job I was so excited and happy because I was learning a lot but somehow a lot of things changed and I have pratically become so redundant. I'm working but it's just a repetition of same activities and it's so boring.
Right now I'm just trying to invest my time in my exams.
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MELODY JACOBS said...

We all have different dreams, life choices... life strain and limits. For me it is very important to do what makes you happy and keeps you in a comfortable position, but I can compromise...lol.

Thonia Okonji said...

This topic is very complicated because I've been in this similar situation and people made me feel like I was very ungrateful. So I currently work with a bank and I got the job immediately after NYSC and despite the pay I realized it wasn't what i wanted to do but whenever I complained people judged me that there were people who were still searching for a job for sonmanh years and would kill for the job but here i was complaining. So really in this country peoooe hardly pursue their passion rather they consider that they have a job that pays the bills and all

WanShyGirl Blog said...

Babes this thing has been on my mind oh and it's seriously on my mind now because I'm about rounding up this NYSC thing. I really want to work with the media and recently I've been thinking of Fashion magazines or anything that combines fashion and the media. The passion truly matters ooo. Prior to my NYSC I was working with an Ad agency and it was really good tho stressful I was eager to go to work because it was something I enjoyed doing. All in all I'm saying passion counts. Can't be unhappy in a job no matter how bomb the pay is tho I can compensate myself with fab things from the my ๐Ÿ’ฃ pay sha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
I'm done *drops ๐ŸŽค *

JustBeingO said...

Passion over money! I am literally working at a job that helping me to pay my bills! I am dying literally!! When I was working in a field I was literally passionate about, man God really provided! I wasn't living lavish, but all my needs were literally met!

mide coker said...

I had a job like this and I got fired too. When it happened there was an initial shock, but after that I felt frrreeeeeeeeee

nicolenyasha said...

Interesting post Sarah! I'm currently doing a job i really don't like (going into the 4th yr) and made a decision last month that it was time to move on. Now in the midst of searching for better and praying God will open doors. Really inspired by your post.

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Anonymous said...

OMG!! I just had to open this post as soon as I saw the title. First time here. Interesting topic. I'm currently working at a job I 'HATE' with all of me. Been there for 6 months now. I wake up every morning with a headache when I remember I have to go to that place. Left to me,id willingly resign, but my parents think otherwise not with the current state of the country. I work 6 days a week, can't even afford to get a day to myself to do something I love. I've been applying with all my heart for a human resources (HR) job or admin role which is what I really have passion for, hoping something comes up soon before I totally lose it.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

That's just in hun, money does'nt buy happiness. May God help you figure a way out of it.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thats exactly how I felt girl, it took me by suprise but then I was so happy.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Glad it inspired you dear. May God open doors for you in this new stage of live. The bible says we should decree a thing and it will be extablished (Job 22:28) so decree away hun.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

I understand how you feel dear. In this country its all about what pays and not what makes one happy. You might want to use wisdom in this, pray to God for direction and work toward a job in HR as you desire. And dont forget, your happiness is important.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

The fab things in life is always the benefit of a well paying job and most of us can compensate with that but the passsion still matters.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thats so true girl, I feel the same way at times too. I think the tip is to figure out that thing that will make us happy and work towards doing it. As we find a way to pay the bills too.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

lol girl youre right and yeah I see what you mean. Thanks for your feedback

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thats was exactly how I felt in my first job. It really sucks when we cant feel our impact in the company, its like what's the whole point of it all, why do we even bother. Have you considered exploring other options and jobs? Taking time off?

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