About 3 months after I got started at my current job, we got a new boss. This guy was around my age, very personable and easy to work with and for. It helped that he appreciated my work ethic and considered me a rising star within our office. We got along well.
About a year ago he got moved to another office and they brought in my current boss, whom I like to call Napoleon. He’s 27, and he reminds me of one of those little yappy dogs that doesn’t realize how tiny it is. You know what I mean?
Well, he’s decided that I’m not the rising star, but the 22 year old recent college graduate is. Granted, she’s a smart cookie and I really like her, but she’s got a lot to learn.
She’s been offered somewhat of a promotion that she’s not really prepared for, and to me it’s not a great opportunity. I was offered the same job 3 years ago and turned it down because I didn’t see it as a promotion (I also loved my job). I can see where she would see it as such.
For a moment there I felt pangs of jealousy. I’m no longer the shiny new penny (haven’t been for a while – I’m nearly 38!). I realize that the current office leader has no plans to elevate me beyond my current status, a job I don’t care for.
I only allowed the feelings for a second. This company only elevates people who are in a certain department. Everyone else is a drone. I am not seen as someone who could make it in that department (nor do I want to be) so my opportunities here are limited anyway.
I want to build a life a career that is of my own choosing. I don’t want to spend all of my time making other people rich and punching a time clock. I’ve got bigger plans, and they don’t include this place.