Quitting My Job and Focusing On Hive.

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I think most people who follow my writing on hive would know one important factor about me which is that I hated my job, I even wrote an article titled “unfulfilled and overworked” a month back and I went in-depth into how I felt at the time about my current job but I had a plan which I was trying to pull through and I felt a bit positive.

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SOME BACKSTORY ABOUT MY PREVIOUS JOB

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Now I think that before I move forward I need to give some backstory about my previous job because it would give some context. I had been unemployed at the time after leaving a job that I worked for a month without pay and at that period I wasn’t exactly actively looking for a job because I was frustrated at the Job Market in Nigeria so I planned to chill while waiting for a federal job that I had passed the exams hoping that it would come through soon.

One fateful day, my friend sent me an ad for this job and he told me to apply which I did, I got a mail-back saying they wanted an interview with me and I went for two interviews at two different intervals, one with the hiring agency and the other with the owner of the company.

After a few weeks, I got a call that I had gotten the job and I was to come for a brief and salary discussion which I agreed and went on the assigned day. The admin of the company spoke about the job descriptions which wasn’t much as it was a front desk role but I had issues with the salary and the working days because I was working Mondays to Saturday for 30,000 naira which is about 73 dollars monthly and my Saturdays are very important so I refused the job and walked away.

On getting home, I got a call from the manager who said he wanted to see me to talk which I did and he spoke about how he really wanted to work with me and how smart he knew I was, he said that he was willing to add 5000 naira which is about 12 dollars and I still refused but after thinking a bit I decided “what the heck, it wasn’t much work and it was something to do while waiting”.

I started work and it was more than they had told me, I was in charge of things I hadn’t bargained for and even substituting when the Admin went to school but I didn’t mind because it was a learning process, well until my mental health began sinking and I was gradually falling into a dark hole which wasn’t funny since I had my mental health on check this year but I decided that I was still going to at least stay till December while figuring it out.

Things didn’t get better but got worse and after missing an event very important to me, I immediately lost interest in working. There are a lot of things to say about where I worked but to cut the long story short I would say that it was a toxic working environment where even the salary couldn’t make it manageable.

I decided two weeks ago to not wait anymore because I had to choose my happiness over savings so I turned in my resignation letter which brought about more drama and I was even asked to leave before the end of the month which I didn’t mind, to be honest.

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WHAT I LEARNED IN MY PREVIOUS JOB

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I learned a lot working at my previous job and it wasn’t things that were career-related but mostly personal, I have a belief that you can learn from everything so I always try to. These are some things I learned while working there.

  1. I am an impatient person and I hated idleness which was the main reason I started working a job that I knew from the beginning I shouldn’t have accepted.
  2. I should listen more to my instincts and to the advice of others because I could have avoided the situation if I did, most people in my family told me that the job wasn’t worth it and I still went ahead to take it.
  3. I am a passion-driven person which was interesting to learn because I didn’t know and the moment my passion wasn’t being fueled, I went into depression.
  4. Your employers aren’t your friends because they would throw you under the bus the moment they can’t drain or control you.
  5. This was something I already knew but never share your ideas with your employer unless it is essential for your job.

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WHAT ARE MY PLANS NOW

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My plans now are pretty simple, I have been trying to diversify my income, and even though I don’t have that in check, with the help of family and friends I am staying afloat while still figuring that out. I am not a spender so it isn’t that hard as most months I just need data and food.

I also have been focusing on writing more and being consistent on Hive as right now that is my major source of income even though I don’t plan to withdraw from it because I am saving to get a laptop.

Lastly, I am actively job hunting even though this time I am patient and I am figuring out ways to leave my state which I am very tired of.

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IN CONCLUSION

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I don’t regret my previous job because my goal in life is to never regret decisions I make no matter how much they suck instead I have promised myself to always learn from it which I have in this situation.

I am very positive about my future and what would come next and I am trying to enjoy this waiting period while being hopeful.


Thank you for opening this box of passion



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wow....i love your drive its a positive energy you have.....instead of wasting your time....channeling this energy in the right direction is worth more than spending time doing what you're not fond of.....you have a niche here......it's interesting keep it up dear i love your vibes

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Right my dear. Let's not regret a thing. And I'm glad you got to get out of those chains.

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You are doing well dear. No mind those mugu people wey wan kee you with stress.

If you kill me with stress, balance it out with money or gettat

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As in ehn, at least pay me well let me know that I am doing it for the money.

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It's a brave step to quit your job and sometimes a very necessary one. Congratulations on making that step!
Whatever is in store for you next, I wish you all the luck in the world. In any case, I'm happy to see you here on Hive!

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Thank you so much for your kind words, I am so hopeful for the future.

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I don't know. How much monthly would be a well paid job for a Nigerian?

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A high-paying job would be about 1,200 dollars or more monthly and the middle ground could be 300 dollars or more in my opinion.

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Good you left,
Even tho I m usually against leaving a job before finding another, this one is definitely a no no.
Mental health should not be sidelined for money.

I pray a better door opens for you.
You could place a open application here.. Lol.. Who knows.
The world is a global village.

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I believe that the whole mindset of not leaving a job till you find another has put so many people in had situations.

I hope I get one soon.
Amen.

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Well, if your game is good, it shouldn't be a problem.
Usually you need time to settle and find another, but thats no more the norm.
Again, the world is a global village. Things are fast changes.
Soon, very soon, it will be okay to even be in multiple employments from the comfort of your home.

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This is very true, hopefully, we aren't left behind in Nigeria.

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We won't.. Nigerians are not carrying last in things like this.
Govt may be short sighted because of the economic impact on the falling Naira, but as long as the internet is working.. nothing dey.

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That's true but I don't mean in carrying last, I know how many companies refuse to hire Nigerians just because.

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I know.. Hehehe..
You ll see how it will be.

The same people asking for 5 years working experience from a fresh graduate..

The globe will turn and landslide changes will surface.

It will be an error for anyone not to diversify in gaining skills and knowledge.

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The same people asking for 5 years working experience from a fresh graduate.

😆 this use to piss me off.

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I can totally relate to this because I have being in this same position.. I will keep telling people who care to know how important patient is...i think you should take your tune this time around. Don't rush... Remember your mental health matters alot.. Not even the pay... You can be working in a place where they pay you a lot yet, your mental health is deteriorating... It can't work nah...

A better job will present itself.... Just believe

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Way to go g£rl?
Better things await you that I am sure of.
You just took the first step to greatness
Bravo!

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Thank you so much and amen, I believe in this too.

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I grimaced as I read this post. Very typical of most Nigerian employers to take in staff and make them work more than the specified job description. My kid brother faced a similar situation —worked 6 days a week, closing as late as 11pm sometimes on a meager salary. When he wanted to quit, the drama was unbelievable but I told him it's good riddance!

It's a good decision you left. When you are not valued, there's no point staying. Every experience is a learning ground. Good luck on getting something you actually love! 🙂

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Especially privately-owned companies, it is so crazy and it's because they feel like we have no other options so they can do what they want.

You needed to see the drama I faced just because I quit, oh well I am happy I made the decision.

I am hopeful that I would find something worth it soon.

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Finger crossed. Stay hopeful. You will find something soon. 🙂

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!LUV !PIZZA Oh my gosh I think it's fantastic that you had the courage to just walk away from a job that no longer fulfilled you, and clearly didn't from the start. The insights that you gained are invaluable and it is so wonderful that you can take the time to look at your choices and experiences and say, hey ...what did I learn from this? What did I gain from this? There was a lesson in there somewhere. Kudos my friend. But you know what? They were seriously undervaluing you and underpaying you! Writing fuels my passion and I too would love to do this and only this. In time ... this will be...I know it. In the meantime, I write around my day job but I no longer give of my personal time to my employer. They get my contracted paid for hours. I get to keep everything else for me and my family and my passions. Thank you for sharing this @khaleesii. I truly feel inspired by you 😍

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Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel like most private companies especially in my state underpay and undervalue their staff and it wouldn't be changing.

I am so happy I left because talking to other people working there, they seem miserable.

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I didn’t mind because it was a learning process, well until my mental health began sinking and I was gradually falling into a dark hole which wasn’t funny since I had my mental health on check this year.

This happened to me in my last job, the pay was great (it was an Oil and Gas job), but my mental health nosedived and depression was setting in low-key. Once Corona hit, I quit. That was the height for me.

I decided two weeks ago to not wait anymore because I had to choose my happiness over savings

Best decision ever. Prioritizing your happiness over anything else. We only have one life.

I was even asked to leave before the end of the month which I didn’t mind, to be honest.

Seems your employers and mine are in the same whatsapp group. Funny bunch.

I am glad you prioritized you.
I wish you the very best in all your endeavours @khaleesii .

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So many jobs in Nigeria aren't worth it. I could remember when I was in Abuja, and the managing director wanted to be my "daddy" because I had just lost my father 😆 and when I refused he kept frustrating my destiny and the sad thing is that you can't report these things to anyone.

We only have one life so I am learning to always choose myself over everything else.

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I could remember when I was in Abuja, and the managing director wanted to be my "daddy" because I had just lost my father 😆

Shameless man. I don't even know how they sleep at night.

We only have one life so I am learning to always choose myself over everything else.

That's it right there babygirl.

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I don't even know how they sleep at night.

With their eyes closed oh 😆

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