Growing in one job role, to Glow in the other

I HAAAAAATED my old job.

Waking up in the morning felt like pulling teeth. I was in an industry I didn’t love, and life started to feel purposeless every day.

It all started when I was jobless. I had been unemployed for about 4 months and I couldn’t stand it, I wanted to pull my hair out.

Finally, a friend mentioned that they were looking for an office assistant at a financial services company. Having come from a very creative space, I was nervous.

But honestly, I was happy to not be a loser who contributes nothing to society. In my mind, I figured I would just take it in my stride and see how it goes. I mean, it’s not like I was going to be there forever. I kept telling myself it was temporary.

3 years later, I had been promoted twice and had essentially taken on more of a leadership role in my team. I watched people come and go and wondered when it was going to be my turn. The culture was horrible and rigid.

We all tried to make changes but hey, what are you in one of the biggest companies in the continent? Two things that job taught me was to

  • KEEP GOING and if you don’t know something…
  • LEARN. 

In all honesty, I was a bit ashamed to be a glorified filing clerk and, in my mind, I was like ‘you know what? You’re smart enough to do all this finance stuff these people are doing’ and I was right.

I killed it at my job, but it drained me bit by bit. Knowing that writing is my sole passion and I couldn’t do it fulltime really hurt and it demotivated me. Freelancing was just not enough, but hey, the bills must be paid right?

Fast forward to the present, and I am in the job of my dreams. I felt like I could finally call myself a writer. The first couple of months were very daunting because the environment was completely different; vibrant, colorful and everyone wears whatever they want!

I felt like I didn’t know anything all over again, but I remembered what I kept in my mind at my old job. KEEP GOING AND LEARN.

  • Ask questions no matter how stupid they sound
  • Do some reading on your industry
  • Listen to what the others are saying. 

It truly goes a long way because now, I’m right at home. I feel like everyone trusts me to make the right decisions and deliver on top class work, which is amazing.

My old job helped me grow, and now I’m glowing in my new job.

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About Hlumelo Siphe Williams

Hlumelo Siphe Williams is a copywriter who is based in Johannesburg. A creative at heart, she is passionate about all things fashion, writing, and wine. In her spare time, she is either blogging & writing, reading or creating unforgettable memories with family and friends

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