Leaving so soon?

When you work in a large company, it’s not surprising to see people leave. The plant that I worked for has over six hundred employees and people come and go often. Ever four months there are students leaving and joining the company. But it’s not often that I see people retiring or resigning from their position.

A couple of months ago, a fellow employee retired after thirty two years of service. I’ve never worked for a company where people actually retire. I’ve seen people quit or get fired but not retire. It’s a long way before I retire but I can’t wait until I do. I’ve worked long enough and I need a break. I’m not sure how long I plan on staying with my current employer but it would be nice to work here until retirement. Unless something better comes along, I can probably see myself retiring here.

Most of my coworkers are looking forward to retirement. A lot of people in my department have been here for a long time and they’re only a couple of years, months even away from retirement. Once they’ve all left the company, I’m not sure what I’ll be done. It’s hard to see people go and you’re still around. It brings you down a little and makes you feel not like working.

I had a coworker resign last week to pursue a consulting position. I guess it fits his lifestyle more than the job that he was doing. He had something to fall back upon so it’s not too bad. I’m not sure if I could ever do that. I’ve got a small business going but it’s nothing that I could ever fall back on. The company isn’t big enough and I don’t have time to expand or improve.

The job that I’m doing now is fine with me and I think it’ll be fine with me for the next few years. If something better comes up, I’ll look into it but as for now, I’m not going anywhere. When I coworker left, it opened up a position in his department which is a programming position. I’ve been going after a programming position for a while so I was looking into it. Unfortunately, I told my ex-coworker that I’d apply for the position if he was still there to mentor me. But now that he’s gone, there’s not much incentive to make apply. He’s probably the best programming in that department and without him they’d have to send me to a training course. I’m already planning on going to McMaster in the fall so I don’t think I can handle anymore courses.

I found it kind of odd that some people leave a work place because that job had nothing else to teach them but the longer I work in I.T. the more I start to see that it’s true. Once you’ve learned all that you can learn, you have to move on. Everyone is always looking to improve themselves and you can’t improve yourself if you’re staying at a job where there’s no more room to move up. Jenn is always encouraging me to better myself but I could never understand why. I had a good job and I liked doing what I was doing so why move? I was comfortable work at my current job and I didn’t want to go anywhere else. Unless there’s something here that makes me dread coming into work, I didn’t want to find another job.

But the fact of the matter is, if you can improve yourself, do it. I shouldn’t be afraid be on top. I’m sure that there will be people who will be jealous of what I have but I can’t always worry about what they think. It’s my life and if I want a better one, I should go for it.

I’ve put a lot of thought into applying for the open position but I don’t see myself benefiting from it. Yes, it’s a programming job but I don’t like to be in front of the computer all day long. The job that I’m doing now, I’m in front of the computer some of the time. Other times, I’m out on the shop floor fixing computers. I like moving around because it changes things a lot. I’ve learned a lot from my coworkers already and I think that there’s still a lot more to learn. Until I’ve learned all that I need, I’ll be staying put.

2 replies on “Leaving so soon?”

  1. “I’ve put a lot of thought into applying for the open position but I don’t see myself benefiting from it. Yes, it’s a programming job but I don’t like to be in front of the computer all day long.”
    I never thought of it that way. I too hate being strictly in front of the screen now that i’m thinking about it.

  2. I’m sure that there are days when it’s fine but I don’t think I could do that every day… I have days where I sit in front of the computer doing stuff all day long but if that became routine, I’d be so bored.

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