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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR
JOB DOESN’T WORK OUT?
AUDREY ESCHRIGHT / ACT-W 2016
SO LET’S SAY…
YOU START A NEW JOB. YOU WANTED THIS JOB.
IT’S GOING PRETTY WELL.
UNTIL…THINGS HAPPEN.
YOU START TO WONDER I...
CAREER RESILIENCE
COMMON TROUBLE SPOTS:
▸ you’ve been there more than 6 months and your
perspective has changed
▸ your rol...
CAREER RESILIENCE
BIG PROBLEMS
▸ overt hostility, harassment, abuse
▸ ongoing microaggressions or disrespect
▸ thinking in...
IS IT ME
OR
IS IT THEM?
CAREER RESILIENCE
CAREER RESILIENCE
WHAT TO ASK
▸ are my coworkers experiencing the same thing?
▸ compare team, job role, demographic
▸ have...
TIME OUT
FIND YOUR SUPPORT.
A FRIEND, A TRUSTED COWORKER, A THERAPIST.
YOU NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN LISTEN.
NO ADVICE UNLESS Y...
CAREER RESILIENCE
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?
▸ can you afford a gap in income?
▸ do you have time/energy for a job hunt...
CAREER RESILIENCE
MAKE A PLAN
▸ self-care first
▸ get back in touch with your interests and needs
▸ create a safety net
CAREER RESILIENCE
A FEW OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
▸ same thing, different company
▸ a change in role or team where you are
▸ tak...
CAREER RESILIENCE
MAKE YOUR MOVE: IF YOU LEAVE
▸ remember: coworkers are likely to protect the status quo
▸ use your safet...
CAREER RESILIENCE
MAKE YOUR MOVE: IF YOU STAY
▸ you don’t have to do more than your most basic job
requirements - say no t...
REMEMBER
BAD JOBS HAPPEN TO MANY PEOPLE.
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK
THE WAY YOU EXPECTED.
YOU CAN LOOK AT ...
<3
GET IN TOUCH
▸ Audrey Eschright / lifeofaudrey.com
▸ if this was helpful, you might also enjoy my magazine: 

The Recom...
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What Happens When Your Job Doesn't Work Out?

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What Happens When Your Job Doesn't Work Out?

  1. 1. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR JOB DOESN’T WORK OUT? AUDREY ESCHRIGHT / ACT-W 2016
  2. 2. SO LET’S SAY… YOU START A NEW JOB. YOU WANTED THIS JOB. IT’S GOING PRETTY WELL. UNTIL…THINGS HAPPEN. YOU START TO WONDER IF THE JOB 
 IS WORKING OUT.
  3. 3. CAREER RESILIENCE COMMON TROUBLE SPOTS: ▸ you’ve been there more than 6 months and your perspective has changed ▸ your role has changed – it’s no longer a good fit ▸ you’ve changed – the job hasn’t ▸ not getting promoted, resources, support ▸ underpaid, overworked, burned out
  4. 4. CAREER RESILIENCE BIG PROBLEMS ▸ overt hostility, harassment, abuse ▸ ongoing microaggressions or disrespect ▸ thinking intersectionally – is there respect for workers’ gender, race, sexuality, health/disability, age? ▸ your job is literally making you sick ▸ the company is falling apart (i.e. your paycheck bounced)
  5. 5. IS IT ME OR IS IT THEM? CAREER RESILIENCE
  6. 6. CAREER RESILIENCE WHAT TO ASK ▸ are my coworkers experiencing the same thing? ▸ compare team, job role, demographic ▸ have I internalized negative messages about this situation? ▸ I don’t try hard enough ▸ I’m too sensitive ▸ it’s all my fault
  7. 7. TIME OUT FIND YOUR SUPPORT. A FRIEND, A TRUSTED COWORKER, A THERAPIST. YOU NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN LISTEN. NO ADVICE UNLESS YOU WANT IT. YOU DESERVE A JOB THAT’S HEALTHY AND SUPPORTIVE OF YOU.
  8. 8. CAREER RESILIENCE SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? ▸ can you afford a gap in income? ▸ do you have time/energy for a job hunt? ▸ is there room to negotiate where you are? ▸ what’s the next step you want to take in your career? ▸ do you have support from coworkers, managers, execs?
  9. 9. CAREER RESILIENCE MAKE A PLAN ▸ self-care first ▸ get back in touch with your interests and needs ▸ create a safety net
  10. 10. CAREER RESILIENCE A FEW OPTIONS TO CONSIDER ▸ same thing, different company ▸ a change in role or team where you are ▸ take a vacation, sabbatical, or disability leave ▸ go for your dream job ▸ start a business, do consulting, freelance ▸ leave the tech industry (it’s not the end of the world!)
  11. 11. CAREER RESILIENCE MAKE YOUR MOVE: IF YOU LEAVE ▸ remember: coworkers are likely to protect the status quo ▸ use your safety net ▸ talk to an employment lawyer if you have concerns about liability or your rights
  12. 12. CAREER RESILIENCE MAKE YOUR MOVE: IF YOU STAY ▸ you don’t have to do more than your most basic job requirements - say no to extras and self-imposed pressures ▸ create more work/life separation ▸ use your internal support and allies
  13. 13. REMEMBER BAD JOBS HAPPEN TO MANY PEOPLE. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK THE WAY YOU EXPECTED. YOU CAN LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING, FIND SUPPORT, AND DECIDE WHAT TO DO NEXT.
  14. 14. <3 GET IN TOUCH ▸ Audrey Eschright / lifeofaudrey.com ▸ if this was helpful, you might also enjoy my magazine: 
 The Recompiler / recompilermag.com

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