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Work attitude & job hopping

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Friday, 05 November 2010 17:37
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Hi Doctor & everyone,

I am 25 and got a science degree, which leads my classmates to government job or else not related thing, from a local university in 2007.  Since graduation, I have been working at a NGO for more than 2.5 year as an admin.  I saw very dim prospectus in my admin job and very little chance of paid increment thus I entered another industry.

I have confidence in my communication and organising skills so I entered the PR/ Marcom field. However, things are not as smooth as I guessed. Since I have absolutely no knowledge in marketing or business, my life was really hard chasing up to the level of my other colleagues. In addition to the education background problem, I found it really hard to adapt to these people in commercial world that they try to ignore their own responsibility and did things just to cover themselves but not for the goodness of the whole project or team.

Since this March, I have hopping from an agency, a B2B service company and then finally another NGO as a PR. This place, my current job, I can adapt to the working style better here since as least people care about what is good for the project.

There is always something that is out of your expectation. Here I am employed by the NGO to serve the 2 sponsored bodies. Here comes the problem -
(1) When I thought the NGO should be my employer, my boss denied and said it should be the leader of the 2 sponsored bodies.
(2) However, my responsibility is not only PR as I thought. I find myself quite like an admin assistant to the NGO, PR coordinator and..... a teacher assistant. I myself is confused who I am when I am sitting in office and everyone from different parties asking me to do something that I don't even if this should be my responsibility.

Since graduation, I always tell myself that it is a good opportunity to learn when people ask you to help at work. But things are getting out of control and I am not sure whether this believe in myself is correct or not. Is it a right attitude to hold at work ?  How should I balance it without being rude ?

I know it gives bad impression if I change too frequently. But sometimes it  feels like I am pushed to the edge at the top of a building without knowing who I should ask for help. What if I change again ? Will it be a really really bad thing ? Is it the management problem of my employer or is it my problem that I should deal with it?

I have been having a very hard year in struggling whether I am good for the new role that I don't have any background but simply interest and passion.

Grateful if you can leave me some advice. Thanks a lot.


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