Saturday, August 19, 2006

I quit my job.

After nine months of working at my IT company, I handed in my resignation on Thursday. My last day is on August 31st. I can not describe the feeling, it feels like I just got out of a suffocating, highly stressful and hopeless relationship and now feel like I have the world and many fish in the sea for me to explore!!!

From the second month, I knew. I just knew. But I did not give importance to all the warning signs. Wanting to commit and grow within a job, I gave it a try - exhausted all my communications skills not to mention my self-control (not to shoot anyone, that is). My job was toxic - I do not think I have ever felt so overworked and undervalued. Although my position was good and the work was interesting, when you have it coming in all directions while you are already struggling to keep up and then your boss keeps demanding more work with better results - you just know either its time to quit or rip your hair out and explode. So I decided to quit. :)

What's next? I have a few plans... Among them are intensive business French courses (I realize that my European French is often incomprehensible here - strange Quebecors!), studying for University entrance examinations, a few freelance projects, community projects (Hana I will get on that article!), my Islamic centre and hopefully some travelling before Ramadan (finally I get to see NY!!!). I am excited and although I really am not enjoying this destabilizing stage of life with so many question marks in the air - I feel like I am getting closer to knowing what I want through a great process of elimination. My job, I definitely did NOT want!

I'm excited to see what is next... Rolling up my sleeves... BRING IT ON!

12 Comments:

At 5:03 AM, Blogger AngloLibyan said...

its good to know that you are your own boss and making decisions for yourself, good on you and best of luck in what ever you decide to do InshAllah.

 
At 6:37 AM, Blogger Hannu said...

Good for you, Nura! The hardest thing to learn is to know what's best for you career-wise and what environment you fit in, and what's not for you. Harder yet is to act on this realization and take the step. You go girl!

 
At 3:36 AM, Blogger Trabilsia said...

Good move Nura!
You did right in getting out of that suffocating situation , and believe me dear ,nothing is worth nor gained in losing your patience and sanity.
Well done , and may you find what you're looking for.
Wishing you all the best !

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger Ghazi Gheblawi said...

Nice that you face the world with an optimistic attitude, the best things in any job is the opportunity to learn something new everyday if not, it will be just a boring vicious circle, hope the best for you... Ghazi

 
At 1:25 AM, Blogger removedalready said...

Wow, Nura, I salute you. I've always wanted to get a new job but I don't have the courage to resign & apply for another job. At the moment it is difficult to get jobs over here due to the recession we are facing. Anyway I've got committments as in my car loans etc!

What I dream of is working as a lecturer in Spain at the Islamic University in Cordoba. But I need to complete my masters first!

 
At 4:55 AM, Blogger Nura said...

Thank you all for your amazing support! I always get warm and fuzzy when I read the comments you all make - so unexpected and heartwarming.

I have always been a fighter and never been one to accept the status quo... When I wake up every day dreading to go to work, I know there is a serious problem. I tried and tried to find a solution, spoke with my boss but realize that the company did not have more to offer and it was time to leave...

Red - I really encourage you to shop around. Yes, jobs are not necessarily easy to find but it is just a question of finding the opportunity and being there to grab it when it surfaces. I already have 2 job offers and am still applying to look at my options - the market here is known to be tough. So seriously, ask Allah for what you wish for and work for it.. inshaAllah it will come to you with the peace and contentment it brings. :) Be strong - with your goal in mind, there should be no obstacles!

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Highlander said...

Mabrouk ya Nura, never stay in a job if you don't feel fulfilled anymore.
Alhamdulilah I'm resigning as well but I had already secured 3 new jobs, not bad out of 4 interviews :) You know what the hardest part was ? choosing which new job I really wanted in the end - I look so forward to seeing my boss's face ...Let us know what you do next habibti.

 
At 4:09 AM, Blogger maiuna said...

good for you Noura, I think it's the quitting month around here, don't u think(me, you and highlander)?!..I quitted my job too ...but before doing that, I have already secured a new job while preparing to quit ;)...so now I’m working at my new company and everything seems so good so far. wish u all the luck

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger Libyan Warrior( KING OF AL-ANDLUS) said...

lol. I quit my job to, Its extreamly liberating.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Kactuz said...

Just happened to run accross this blog. Good luck on your future. You did well - a bad job makes for a very long work day.

I would like to say that I am offended by your statement about your goal "to maintain the balance between integration into Western culture and the retention of my moral integrity."

So you think a Western person, or any person, is immoral if not Muslim. Or that Western societies are less moral than Islamic ones. I think that is a fair understanding of the basic content of your statement. That is strange, I guess you have seen to many pictures of those Westerners yelling "Jesus saves" as the cut the necks of Muslims. Or maybe it is the horrible way C anadians and Americans treat minorities, women, gays, jews, etc...

Tell me, young lady, how do you explain the hate, anger and violence in the Quran towards non-Muslims? Is that your idea of integrity? Or how about your dear prophet? Have you actually read the hadiths? Are you aware of the many evil actions recorded there about Islam's prophet and his men? Do you want references and even links to Islamic sites with the texts of Bukhari, Tabari, Muslim, Ibn Ishaq and others?

And of course, one last question, since you are Muslim and Muslims have a hard time with facts they don't like: Can you be honest about Islam?

Take care, lady. Don't let all that 'Islamic moral integrity' keep you from actually considering these things. Try honesty. Read your own sciptures. This may help: Pretend they are talking about a guy named Joe. Then ask yourself if 'Joe' was a good person.

Also, it would seem, from the logic in your statement, that living in a non-Western society would be much easier for Muslims, so they wouldn't be corrupted. Of course, you may be Muslim but you are not stupid.

Take care,

John Kactus

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Nura said...

John, most of your questions are written in a way that they are not searching for answers but making several judgments and ridiculous generalisations. In fact, I have absolutely no interest in addressing someone who seems to be in search of antagonizing another by being provocative. So my comment ends here.

 
At 2:18 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

You did the right thing, Nura... I've stayed in jobs I hated before hoping things would get better, and they never did! Best to levae at the earliest opportunity once you realize it's not working out :)

Kactuz, I didn't even notice the sentence you were so highly offended by! And even if I had, it doesn't seem offensive to me. I would certainly feel the same way if I went to work in a foreign culture. Even disregarding religious issues, there can be (and are) significant other differences people have to find ways to deal with. And, if I went to work in Japan (I spent a lot of time in Japan) and felt I was expected to stop being american and start acting like I was Japanese, I'd quit. Flat out. I used that as an extreme example because I don't much care for Japanese culture, but I expect I'd feel pretty much the same in any foreign land. If the person I am isn't good enough, it's time for me to move on.

 

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