Career Wake-Up Call

Posted: May 5, 2010 in Career-Related

My team at work, is a 4-man team. Last January, our Team Leader resigned and has left for greener pastures. As of writing, we are still looking for a replacement. Two hours ago, one teammate told me he’s resigning. Four minus two equals two right? Not in this case. The teammate I’ll be left with isn’t even a team player. He does not talk to anyone, doesn’t update his teammates, is in need of constant supervision and has no sense of accountability. Four minus two equals disaster. Oh and I’ve got to mention that our entire team consists of 4 other people in 2 other countries (two in each, which brings us to a grand total of 8 originally, minus two is 6) And to think he’s 5+ years older than me, with a wife and kids. You get to wonder what kind of childhood he had… Anyway, given that I am the ONLY person with the most knowledge and expertise left in this team, should I use this to my advantage? Well, my other teammate will be almost useless without me, and we’re still hiring a Team Lead who doesn’t know the in’s and out’s of this new technology we’re using. I guess what I’m trying to say here is, is this the time to ask for a raise?

I am earning around 45k gross. And I just turned 26 right. Is this amount enough for someone my age? Well, I am spending for rent, food and almost everything, since my parents are not working anymore. My younger brother helps in his own little way since he just got his first job 2 months ago. My parents are not gonna be able to leave anything to us when they pass… and so, is 45k enough? Me thinks, NO. And if they don’t give me a raise I can just resign too right? But we can’t be too hasty about that. Especially for a calculating, scheming son of a bitch such as myself.

Or should I resign as well and look for fresher, greener and fertile pastures? I’ve decided (as to when, I don’t remember) that when I leave this company, I’ll be working abroad. This of course, isn’t just a mere career move. It’d be one of those decisions that change the course of your life forever.

I may need to muster enough courage to bring this up to my manager. But today may not be the right time. I’m thinking tomorrow? That should give me enough time to summon enough strength. LOL

  1. GM says:

    If i may give my two cents worth being someone who has resided abroad and came back to re-skill myself. The global recession is still going on (read Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain aka PIGS + Hungary [Hung’ry Pigs?]) and from where i came from (California, Bay Area) people are either being laid off or the employers are cutting back on their workers’ hours. (Employee furloughs = mandatory time off work with no pay.) So hooray, relatively speaking, you got a nice pay monthly compared to your European and American counterparts. BUT… in the long run (and i really hate to say this) this country will not probably present you with opportunities that you deserve. (I can now see the nationalists with fiery slings and arrows marching towards our house because of my heresy). There’s no mixed signal here. Now, you are in a good position but the future of this country does not hold that much promise for you. Not after what Gloria has done. Or let’s just put it this way. What happens if, God forbids, a loved one needed to have a quadruple bypass surgery? (knock on wood thrice quick!) Sorry silversplinter. All i’m trying to say is, you might just want to try your luck abroad too. There’s no guarantee in all these, of course. Am sorry if this is too serious and taking the fun out of life for you. For now, I wish you lucidity of thought and a clear vision of what you want to achieve not only for yourself but for your family too. Plus a prayer (hmmm i hardly do this actually hehehe but will make an exception for you) that you will find your path early enough in your life. God bless!

  2. Leaving the country. The thought has crossed my mind, but I guess I have never really taken the steps to. Everytime I do think about what I am gonna do with my life in the near future, I do get really stressed. I’d like to earn A LOT but being an employee just isn’t going to cut it. I’m thinking of having a small business too… Or I may just leave the country, save, then come back when I’m filthy rich and start a business.

    Thanks for the prayer ’cause I’ll need all the help I can get! 😀

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