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The First Time I Quit My Job

The first time I quit my job, I was so nervous that I threw up. Even still, I’m glad I had the courage to realize that my job wasn’t working for me and that I needed to make a change.

When I was in college, I interned for two summers at Michael Kors. I loved being in fashion and my hope was to become a buyer, even though I didn’t exactly know what that meant at the time. When you intern, you only get a taste of what the experience will be like, but even from the little access I had in college, I knew it was a path I wanted to be on.

Senior year I was going through interviews and got my first real job at Macy’s. I started the week after graduation. I didn’t know much about what I was going to do day-to-day but was eager to be in fashion. I was assigned the role of Merchandising Assistant for Infants. I had no prior knowledge of anything related to kids fashion but was very excited about the opportunity to be working in the real world. I found school to be extremely difficult and knew I would excel more in a work environment.

My first frustration came from feeling that I was a little fish in a big pond. I was taught all of the programs, did all of the work but never had a chance to see the end results- this made it hard to feel passionate about what I was doing. My second frustration came a few months in when I felt that I had learned everything I could and was essentially becoming a robot. I came in each day, performed the same tasks, ate the same meals, went home and did it all over again. I wanted more for my career. I wanted to wake up and look forward to each day. I knew this would not happen while I was at Macy’s.

7 months in, Arielle posted about a job opportunity on her Instagram and I had a gut feeling this was a sign that I was ready for a change. I applied without thinking I would even get a response but was pleasantly surprised to hear back. I took a day off and went in for an interview. I left feeling confident that this was something I wanted to be part of without even understanding what it would soon become. I want to point out that I was in no position financially to take risks. I was less than a year out of college but I knew that my happiness was most important.

Just hours after interviewing, I received an email that I had gotten the job. This made me even more confident that my decision to leave Macy’s would be worth it. Now, it was time to quit my current job. Nothing could have prepared me for the anxiety that I was about to feel. So yes, before I met with my boss, I threw up in the hallway! After finally pulling myself together and realizing that this was just the nature of the working world, I felt relief and excitement to move on to the next stage in my career. My boss was surprisingly understanding. I stayed two more weeks at Macy’s then began at SN right away; I never looked back. Waking up in the morning is not only exciting but fulfilling. I know I made the right choice by listening to my gut.

Have any of you ever felt lost in your career and took a life-changing risk?

By Nikki Weisman

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