This week, I resigned from my job. I took a contract position at a major technology company. A recruiter called me and proposed the position when I was least expecting it. I don’t want to be so naïve as to say I didn’t know my resume is “out there,” but I didn’t think recruiters reached out from sunny southern California all the way to sunny northern California. Anyway, it worked out for me, and I leave my wretched job next week.
What makes me hesitate, though, is realizing the new opportunity might be a lateral move. I’m going from one executive assistant position to another. I keep telling myself to reach beyond administrative roles, but, for some reason, I continue to apply to them. Perhaps I’m comfortable in the domain of knowing how to do this type of work and not wanting to challenge myself. The problem is resenting the role once I get settled into it. I curse my decision and tell myself my education has gone to waste.
What I need to decide is whether I’m happier with a job that allows me to leave the stress at the office once the workday ends or if I’d be satisfied with continually striving toward specialized roles that use my journalism background. It’s a toss up for me. I thought I’d have my act together by now at close to 33 years old, but I continue to vacillate. Still, I’m trying to be positive about the move and look forward to learning new things in a fresh environment.