I think everyone was already in a situation where a decision had to be made and even the answer was kind of obvious there was still that gut feeling that told you otherwise. When should we trust and when should we question our intuition?
I applied once for a full-time job and was invited to an interview. The interview went really well and even I knew that this kind of job wasn’t the totally perfect match it was still a really decent possibility. Back then I was in a tight spot, I just moved to the city and I really needed a job as fast as possible. When I got the phone call and they offered me the position I accepted it instantly.
But then, right after we hang up there was this feeling that this might have been not the best choice but there was no reason at all for that: The timing was perfect, they would pay me a decent salary, the job description matched and the team members I met were really nice. But still, there was this feeling…
The first day of the job went by and I right away thought ‘you’re not going to work here for very long’. They weren’t prepared for me at all, didn’t introduce me, didn’t show me around and didn’t have any tasks for me to do at all.
Before I started to work there I just came from a more than perfect internship and I thought that may be just the huge amount of changes I didn’t like so much. I was new again, didn’t know the working procedures and the colleagues…
The next days I started to look for work for myself, asked my colleagues how I can help and tried to figure the rest out by myself. But the weeks passed and nothing changed. There was just nothing to do for me and I didn’t understand why they hired me in the first place. And there was just this questions which drove me crazy:
Why did you not listen to your gut feeling?
I’m not a person who gives up easily so I approached my boss for a talk. It was quite successful and I really thought now it’s going to get better. They really tried and I really tried but somehow there was still that problem that there wasn’t just much to do. I thought about giving up so many times but I always thought something like ‘you can’t just give up after the first month’ or ‘just try to finish that next month’.
I managed to finish the job as it was agreed in the contract. Even the working situation didn’t changed so much I got along really well with my colleagues and this somehow kept me moving on. And here’s the big question: Did I regret in hindsight the decision to work there?
You might be surprise but no. I think I learned more then I would have learned in any other job. I found my own small projects, did lots of researches especially about social media and the media market and was always totally up to date with the latest changes.
I’m sorry that this post got longer than expected and normally I would avoid it. But I think at some point everyone will have such an experience and I wanted to take the possibility to show you that you should never give up easily. Even in a disappointing work experience (or rather because of it) you will learn a lot and that sometimes, even your gut feeling was right, it is good to decide otherwise. That’s just life. There is a humorous saying which I think is perfect to end with: