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Struggling

October 8th, 2017 at 04:24 pm

I've really been struggling at work. I committed to filling in as the Interim Director of Career Services for 6 months, and was given a 3% salary increase. I have never wanted to go into management and was very happy with my job as a career counselor. But we lost a lot of staff to retirements and reassignments, and some people got jobs at other colleges and we were really in a bind, so I agreed to it when asked by my boss.
The endless meetings, driving all over the beltway to our other campuses, and the double talk and outright disrespect displayed by upper management has really worn me out. I informed my Dean last Friday that when my 6 months is up (early January) I will not be extending this interim position for another 6 months and will instead go back to my job as a career counselor. Needless to say she was not happy. I will also forfeit the 3 % salary increase, which is fine with me.

So I am recommitting to watching every penny spent (I've been a little lax lately, but nothing too crazy). I want to start living on a monthly budget that I have worked out that I have estimated that I will need when I retire. My retirement plan so far is to retire from full time work at 62 (in about 5 years) and work part time. It's still a plan in progress. My health insurance will be subsidized by the college so that cost will be somewhat reasonable. I'm just really tired of working!

6 Responses to “Struggling”

  1. Amber Says:

    I'm sorry to hear that things aren't working out; maybe the higher ups will take note and make some changes.

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  3. snafu Says:

    It's so ironic to realize when you step up to temporarily fill in to help out the organization, you're disrespected by upper management. Rather than help to make your experience as Interim Director a successful endeavour, they create a toxic environment resulting in your suffering 6 months of double talk, reduce self esteem and job satisfaction. Have they even begun the process of posting the Director's job for internal candidates and/or working through a recruiter for external candidates.

    Many of us who find ourselves in similar difficult circumstances, put the emphasis on hobbies and external activities we enjoy off hours to create balance and reaffirm our self value.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I am sorry that it isn't working out, but I'm sure your mental health is worth far more than that 3% increase.

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Sorry to hear it didn't work out.

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