So, I am still working the temp gig that started back at the end of May. The one what was supposed to be for four days. I think the first week of August will be the end, but more than once the end of a phase has not meant the end of the job, so we shall see.
The reality is that this is not a permanent position, though, and eventually it WILL end. Even if it became a long-term opportunity, it is, in reality, extremely simple data entry work, for $5 an hour less than I need to be making to really be “ok” financially and it would pretty effectively set my career path back at least a decade.
Now, I can hear you saying “but you NEED a job”. And you’re right. I do need a job. But if you keep stepping backwards and then getting laid off every time you make even the smallest step forward, you end up working a series of jobs and never have a career. And then you get asked all the time about why your job history is a BACKWARDS progression more than FORWARD progression. And “because that was the opportunity at the time” isn’t going to cut it.
The other thing is that this job has had me working very long hours, sometimes 7 days a week. My apartment is filthy, my housemate is extremely unhappy with me, my cats aren’t speaking to me and I am pretty sure that they are on the internet at night placing ads for people to adopt them.
I think that the worst part of this job is that I have nothing in common with my co-workers and I honestly dislike most of them with a passion. I know that probably makes me a really bad person, but it’s the truth. Even my “work friend” is someone I really, really don’t want to be friends with outside of work. Between the fact that she is obnoxiously perky in the morning and that she nitpicks every single thing to death (and distracts me while doing so) makes me just want to smack her and tell her to shut up some days. So far I have been able to restrain myself, but I don’t know how long that will hold.
I think if I owned a car, I’d be actively looking for another opportunity. But I don’t have that luxury and so for now I am stuck having to put up and shut up. I am dreading what I’ll end up having to do once this ends, as most of the good jobs, the ones that pay decently and the ones I want, are not somewhere that public transportation can get me.