7 April 2010

Today was not a good day

What a day! Today I quit my job...

I aspire to be a teacher one day. Before heading off to university I wanted to take a year or two out to save money and try new things. Last October I got a job in my local DIY/ Trade store..which I thought would be ok..but no.

I'm quite a sensitive person. Being subjected to smelly, dirty and sometimes pervy scary men was horrible enough but I thought I could handle it. The shifts I got there were really horrid...I'd wait around all day to go to work at 3 when everyone would be coming home and end work at 9:30 when everyone would be going to sleep. The thing that tipped me over the edge wasn't the customers but the staff! To make a long story short the manager once made my cry, he isn't a nice man. A lot of the staff talk in their own language when i'm around which makes me feel REALLY uncomfortable..for all I know they could be talking about me....I'm still on my probation after being there for 6 months and I haven't even done anything wrong!

I couldn't take it anymore..it got to the point were I would feel physically sick before I had to go to work...my hands would go cold, my heart would thud harder than ever and my head would hurt so badly. I'd cry because I would dread going in. I live with my parents so it is not like I have bills to pay or a family to feed. Isn't it more important to feel happy? There are always other jobs..

Today I handed my notice in...it got to the point where I couldn't take feeling unhappy for much longer. I have to say I feel A LOT happier and relieved. I'm excited to find a new job suited to me and my needs. In the mean time I am enrolling on a short course in child psychology which should be fun and keep me busy :)

I'm sorry to rant and moan but I just thought I'd let you guys know whats going on in my life.

Love Gemma X


  1. You're not ranting and moaning.
    It's good to get your feelings
    out in the open. You're among
    friends. I'll be praying that
    you find a job you'll really
    enjoy. Relax, take it easy.
    Your health is so important.

  2. good for you!!! i worked a job where i literally wanted to run my car into a tree on the way to work so i would have a few weeks off for the injuries!!! it's not worth it. you listened to your heart and for sure you made the right decision.

    good luck in school. so much better than your crappy old job. you'll get another job, a better job.

    cindy :D

  3. You poor thing, You are exactly right to quit a job that makes you physically sick. You should apply at some child daycare centers.
    Do something you will enjoy.
    We will pray for a better match for you next time!
    (smile, things will be better.)

  4. You did the right thing.I bet you feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.

  5. Well done. There is more to life than being made miserable.
    As an ex teacher myself I know it is important to have a good grounding in 'child-knowledge' so your course will stand you in good stead.
    Praying that you will find a happy Summer job. Have you thought about National trust restaurants...they often need staff?

  6. Dear Gemma:

    I just read your news...good for you, and I don't know if I would have lasted that long! What a blessing that you live with your parents and don't yet have the pressure of bills. Now you can take time to recover and find a job that you will enjoy ~smile~. If I was there, I would give you a big hug!

  7. Hey Gemma. I so hope you see my slightly belated message because I wanted to let you know that YOU ARE SO NOT ALONE! I worked in hospitality previously and had such a mean boss he once made me cry (I'm a sensitive soul like you). My partner is a teacher and I have a great Aussie friend currently teaching in the UK. I can just tell that when you feel ready to pursue it yourself you will be great! I know there's a certain amount of crap we have to endure in life though when you have a choice it's always better to do what's best for you in the end.
    You're such a sweetheart.

  8. Oh no! Sorry to hear that you had to go through that! I wouldn't worry a bit about quiting. It is never worth any amount of money if the job makes you miserable. i will say prayers for you to find something perfect and it sounds like you are headed in the right direction if you are wanting to be a teacher :) I know quiting is hard, but sometimes it's necessary!


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Gemma x


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