Having a job alongside your studies is a pretty tough task. As a teenager, it's really important to have a social life and have some quality time to spare with friends and family. However, in the race of today's world, we often fail to keep up with either the relationships we have or our careers. Sometimes our job keeps us so busy that we forget to have a normal life. Moreover, if the employer turns out to be bad then things get worse than you can ever imagine. I've been the victim of this type of situation. In fact, at one moment the pressure led me into mental depression.
A few months back I was working at an advertising agency. I was appointed as an SEO Executive. However, my work was way more than an SEO executive will ever do. First, I had to write web contents for an in-house entertainment portal. With time, my work extended to a various range of stuff. I have to design (which is the task of a Graphic Designer) pamphlets, banner, hoardings and other graphics as per the client requirements. I have to manage a few clients as well. I've always tried to give my best in whatever I work with. Most of the time, my work hours used to extend than normal. However, my salary didn't increase, not even a little bit.
If the work is good & your job satisfies your soul, then the salary wouldn't matter much. But in my case, nothing was satisfying. Neither the job & environment nor the salary. Sometimes my salary was paid late for 2 months and while living on my own it was not affordable. At one moment, my overwork dragged me into a mental depression. I have no real friends who I can talk to if a problem arises. I can neither talk to my parents as it only makes them worry more. So, I started realizing my own worth. What am I capable of & if the job and the people are worth my dedication.
As soon as I realized that the fault was not with me, rather with them, I decided to quit. As I have worked in various professions, I knew the market and cthe areer options I have. I decided to choose the path in which I'd like to see me in the future. I decided to become a writer. As I made my decision, I started looking for a new job. After two failed interviews I got the job of a Web-content writer at an educational portal. While leaving the last company, I was happy in my heart. I didn't get all my due salary but how can we expect honesty from those who have no idea about humanity.
On the first day of my new job, I felt like coming back home. I didn't expect that level of comfort at such an unknown place. The environment was professional and fun enough to make you realize the power of responsibility and happiness at the same time. Now when I look back at my decision of leaving that job ,I can't be more satisfied.
At last, I'd like to say that no matter what is the place (be it your college, studies or be it a relationship or be it a job) always give your best. But also remember to know what is your worth. You should not be treated less than you deserve. If you're going through these type of mental harassment find someone in your circle with whom you can share everything. If you feel that there is no one talk to, feel free to talk with us. We are there for you always.
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