In 2016 I took a job as a Regional Operations Manager for a large well-known Canadian company. The opportunity for my career growth was apparent. The compensation package was more than sufficient at the time. And after 10 years at the same company, I was ready for a change.
The entire application process was over the phone and online. There was never a face to face conversation and I never asked to see the office before accepting the position. Both rookie mistakes, but I hadn’t changed jobs in a while and my axiousness to move clouded my better judgement.
From the moment I walked into the new office, I knew I had made a huge mistake. I left a great growing company for uncertainty. It was a shot to my gut.
I had two choices. Continue to beat myself up for not doing my due diligence to find out more about the company, or roll up my sleeves and get to work. I chose the latter and ended staying with the company for 1 year.
Even though I eventually decided to leave, there’s a lot I learned and took away from experience. I discovered several skills I needed to build and improve on for my career growth. This role helped me develop them.
Bad choices are never the end. It’s an opportunity to learn, move forward and strengthen the resilience you need to achieve long term success.