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Job / career change [Jun. 27th, 2007|07:24 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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I've been less and less happy with my job at Phase One recently. The work itself isn't that bad, but my superiors have major problems communicating their desires to the staff. One over-explains (constantly asking "Does that make sense?"), the other uses fear as his primary motivator. On Monday, I was basically told that if he found out about one other thing that I had been mistrained on how to do it, I was going to be fired. (Yes, that's right. I was told how to do it incorrectly, and it's my fault that that's the way I'm doing it, because I've "worked there long enough to know better.") I was pretty much ready to walk out at that point, and only the fact that Myra and I have a mortgage kept me from standing up at that moment.

So, when Heather, the manager of Metropolis Comics (where I currently work on Tuesday and Saturday evenings), decided on Tuesday that she couldn't juggle her daughter with working at Metropolis, and tendered her notice to Gail, I let Gail know that I would love to work there full-time if it was available. We talked it out, and long story short, she offered me the position of manager.

Myra and I talked it out when I got home, and after some discussion, we agreed that although it may put us a little worse off financially (although really not that much), for other reasons, it's the smartest move. Most importantly, it gives me the experience I'll need to run my own comic book store when Myra and I move up to Oregon in a couple of years. So, I called Gail last night and accepted. I'll be working there six days a week (only Sundays off), but three of those days (Monday, Thursday, and Friday) are from 11-4, so I'll still have evenings free for my current social obligations. In fact, now that I don't have to be at work on Friday until 11:00 (well, 10:30 to vacuum and other chores to get the store ready to open), and since Myra doesn't work at all most Fridays, we'll actually be able to stick around for melee and Norm's/Denny's after AOKP.

I put in my notice for Phase One today, and let the President know that I'd still be available to do data entry or word processing work from home, if he was interested. He seemed amenable to that, so if all works out, I'll have enough of that work that we'll actually be doing better financially after this, as well as doing better emotionally and career-wise.

So, with being elected Sovereign, and now this development, this is turning out to be a very good year for me. Let's hope it keeps up!

[User Picture]From: rustedsigns
2007-06-28 02:27 am (UTC)
It seems that leaving toxic workplaces is a (good) theme.
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[User Picture]From: silverlily81
2007-06-28 02:33 am (UTC)
*happy dance*

This is going to be so much better!

I love you!
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2007-06-28 02:39 am (UTC)
Hey, that's great news!

Having a job where you do something you're passionate about is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. I'm really happy for you.

Maybe we can motivate everyone else to stay for melee, or at least Norm's....
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[User Picture]From: mikester
2007-06-28 03:19 am (UTC)
It's a hard job, mister, and not for the lily-livered. DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS?
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[User Picture]From: pottertilly
2007-06-28 05:39 am (UTC)


Matthew and I are so happy for you!! Matthew wanted to say that he knows you'll be a great manager! :)
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[User Picture]From: clanhanna
2007-06-28 06:47 am (UTC)
"My dad told me I could either get a job I enjoyed or one that paid well. I showed him. I got one that was neither."

Seems like you got what amounts to something of your dream job. Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: 6sixofswords6
2007-06-28 09:01 am (UTC)
Yay for changing jobs!
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[User Picture]From: ideaspace
2007-06-28 10:44 am (UTC)
How the fuck many of my friends can manage comic shops? Let me count the ways...

(Good on ye, lad! And by the by... there's no king like a Zandofar king.)
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[User Picture]From: 6sixofswords6
2007-06-29 05:45 am (UTC)
That is pretty wild.
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[User Picture]From: jeanlucpikachu
2007-06-28 02:03 pm (UTC)
Moving on up!
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[User Picture]From: tommyomega
2007-06-28 04:38 pm (UTC)

"For I am a Jealous god..."

Congratulations! I wish you well, remember---those two weeks may seem like forever, but who the fuck cares? If you're working at an "at-will" company, two weeks is a courtesy. Any more mistreatment, and I say walk down to human resources for your final paycheck within the hour (if you don't care about the work-from-home deal). Evidence of poor management skills abound there...

And for the record, I am totally jealous. I'm always wishing for a job I love and could make money at (not that anyone doesn't).
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[User Picture]From: hardpoint
2007-06-29 06:17 am (UTC)
that's great news dude. where in OR are you looking at moving to? I moved to Champaign, IL (where we live now) from Bend, OR. The nicest things about Oregon, besides the pretty scenery (which, yes, I do miss), are that there's no sales tax and you are barred BY LAW from pumping your own gas. At least, those things were true when I lived there from 2003 - 2005.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2007-07-05 03:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, those are both still true. We're moving to the Eugene-Springfield area. Summer of 2009 is the target date...
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