Posted by SciAwakening
Kramer doing a little TCB:
I recently switched jobs and started on a new software development project. It’s new but I’m working with a group of people who I’ve had a great experience with before, so I know what I’m getting into. I just came off a pretty bad two-year run in a project that was frustrating and rather unfulfilling. It was one of those work environments where the systems were not very advanced, end users were not thrilled, and we had a few clients that hated the contract so much that they actively worked against us. Just a horrible environment to work in.
In fact, my bad experience in this job actually worsened my depression and forced me to see a psychiatrist. This is when my social anxiety disorder was finally appropriately treated and I had a sea-change in my outlook. The depression started to fade away and I was able to deal with the vagaries of the job. So there was some good in the bad. But, things got to a point where I just had to move on, so I contacted some old co-workers and found out about this new project.
So, if you’re stuck in a bad job, don’t lose heart, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Just put together your résumé, talk to some trusted ex-coworkers, see what’s out there and take your time finding the right place for you. Make sure you do some investigative work and find out what your potential new workplace is really like. Some early investigative work can save you a whole lot of pain and frustration down the road. Always know what you’re getting yourself into! Seems like it should be common sense, but we all forget that piece of advice from time to time.
As for me, I’m finally in a great work environment again and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.