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I need a new job

July 6th, 2006 at 05:45 am

There's this woman in my department in her early fifties who keeps on pestering me about when I'm going to leave the supermarket. She's been like this every since she realised that I graduate this year. Yesterday she asked me if I had started looking for another job. I said I hadn't. Her response: "So you're just going to waste your degree and spend the rest of your life here?" I told her that all the jobs I've looked at say you need experience. I've decided not to tell people in my department anything, especially this woman who is really friendly with my manager - she even does the rotas. It's none of her business so I don't know why she keeps on asking me; clearly she wants rid of me. She would be the first to tell my manager if I had applied for other jobs.

6 Responses to “I need a new job”

  1. princessperky Says:

    Maybe she wants you to have a better life than she does..50 at a supermarket doesn't sound like a dream life....

    though it doesn't sound like she is being tactful about 'helping' you get out...

  2. loubilou Says:

    She might genuinely want soemthing better for you than want rid of you! And there's nothing in your contract that says you can't look for another job. What's your manager going to do? They can't sack you just because you're looking for something else. I worked at a shop for 12 months before doing my current job, and everyone there knew that I was looking for something more related to my degree. They all wished me well, and pointed out opportunities for me sometimes. Now I'm a careers adviser some of them phone me for advice!

  3. MoneyHoney Says:

    If this woman thinks working there is such a waste, maybe she needs a new job! Frown)

    Whatever her motives, she's out of line. Pursue your career goals as you see fit.

  4. scottish girl Says:

    I don't think she's happy with her job or her home life. I think this is her first job since her kids were born about 20 years ago.

  5. PRICEPLUS Says:

    Do what is best for you. Keep your own counsel though unless someone is truly close. It may well be that she wants to see you do well. I don't know!
    Best to be vague or better yet silent about your plans.

    Best of luck in whatever you decide to do!

  6. baselle Says:

    My magic words, because I've been told this a time or two:

    "Thank you for your concern." Say it politely, say it firmly, and after you've said it, go back to whatever you were doing before she asked. You owe your workplace your job performance, not info about your future plans.

    And remember - its easier to find a new job when you have a job, and as you apply for jobs note you might have peripheral experiences. It might not be as clearcut as you think.

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