Oct 7: Exhale

Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.

The first thing I thought of was when I was applying for a new job before I got my current one. I was at a really low point in my life and I felt like it really picked up when I got my current job. However, I have talked about that here and here, and I don’t want to rehash all of that.

So instead, I want to talk about the time when I was at this job that I really liked back in 2017 and I really could see myself staying there for a very long time, but then had to leave. At this time, I have been working there for 2 years, I like the company culture, the company is run by amazing people, I love my team, the pay was good, really – there was nothing to complain about. And then we got the news that the client was pulling out some of the teams from our site and move it to their own center of excellence. For the sake of telling this story, let us call current company, Company A and the client, Company B.

At that point, we were really worried about losing our jobs, contemplating if we’ll apply for another position within Company A, or move to another site and work on the same account, or just do nothing and wait. Moving to another site was not an option for me because I wanted to stay in my area. I’ve gotten an apartment here, I like the area, I like that I can just walk to my workplace. I did try applying for a position in another account, but I realized I really don’t want to do that kind of work anymore. I am done with taking calls. So after that only attempt, I decided to wait and do nothing. Funny, it was the best decision ever. The client decided to absorb our team, basically do the same job at a different company, but we will still undergo an application process, of course.

It got a lot better during the last few weeks of my employment in Company A. Well, some good news always changes your perspective about things. We were given a day off so we can do the application process with Company B, and within that same week, we were redundiated. Getting redundiated is definitely bad news, but we were lucky that we were going to start in Company B, doing the same job, the following week. So yeah, while there are times when you need to take matters into your own hands and take action, there are times when you also just need to wait it out and see what happens. I tried the first option, and that didn’t work our for me. In this case, I was lucky. Even if I didn’t get accepted in that other account, the good work my team has done over the years has paved way for us to get a job in another company. Sometimes, you just need to keep planting, because the right time will come for you to harvest. It might take time, but it will be worth it.

I love telling this story because we were really fortunate to have been in that situation. I ended up working for Company B for a year and a half only, but I did that kind of job for them for a total of 4 years. I actually did apply again to Company A after I resigned from Company B. However, it didn’t work out. At that time, they didn’t have what I was looking for.

It was a great experience and I learned a lot, so many times that made me super anxious as well, but I am happy with where I am now. I can’t stress that enough.

Inspired by this ebook, “365 Days of Writing Prompts” posted here.

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