Taking Risks

@gloryacam (5546)
Philippines
May 25, 2011 1:53am CST
Finally! Finally! Finally! I received a job offer last week. But, I'm not jumping up and down yet. The job is on a per project basis, and so when the company has no project, you're on a floating status. They are saying, though, that a floating status does not last long. This project I'm supposed to be in, if I accept the job, would last 2-3 months. So, it is an extreme risk for me to quit my current job and take this job offer. But, here are the reasons I finally gave in: 1. My current job is really killing me. 2. The new job offer pays much more than the current, and could cover the 'floating' months. 3.I could choose a graveyard shift which gives me time to find another part time job, or to look for another more stabe job. 4. And if all else fails, I have a feeling my current boss will take me back if I reapply. It is rare for people with my qualifications to apply for my current job (maybe I'm the only dumba$$ who has) and the company is in a freeze new hiring mode. Still, I feel like I'm making too much of a gamble. But, this time, I'm doing it. So, last night at around 7PM, I signed the contract with the new company. Have you taken any risks lately? What was that risk? Do share!
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14 responses
@manubla (474)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Yay! Go girl! Just be ready (and reherse) on how to deal with the boss in case the time comes when you would have to decline overtimes because you need to rush to the new company. Good luck! Oh wait! It pays more than the current? Treat! Treat!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Oh, yes it does! But, I'm saving up for our trip! Well, the way things are going on here. I have finally decided that the moment I give a notice that I've been onboarded the project, it's goodbye yellow brick road!
@manubla (474)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Ok, hope you hear from all the other companies before your final goodbye at the yellow brick road then.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
I hope so, too! Thanks!
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Hi Glorya! Good Luck on your new job. Finally, you're leaving your ogre boss. I hope you wouldn't have another one on your new job. I haven't taken risk lately. I don't like taking risk if I am not so sure that I would like the outcome.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Thanks! And I'm so relieved I have this. It is very risky, yes, but then life would not progress if I didn't take this risk. I might regret it later on or not, but, at least I tried. Well, if things don't work out well, you'll be hearing from me (rant discussion at mylot) two months from now.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
27 May 11
I still would prefer to hear good news from you Glorya! Like, you are happy with what you are doing in your new company. Or, Oooh my new boss is really hot!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
28 May 11
I hope so, too! I met the boss and they're girls...But, we are 20 new hirees, so, I hope at least one of them is a hot one!
• Philippines
26 May 11
hello glory, When it comes to work if I am not happy anymore I quit I know it's not a good attitude but It will be more useless if you are working with a monsters you cannot do your job right. Good luck to your new work I am going to take a big risk next month happy mylotting
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
26 May 11
That's right! So, are you getting married?
• Philippines
26 May 11
NO You will find it out soon
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
27 May 11
Okay. I will wait for it.
• United States
26 May 11
Glory - Glory!! No not recently at all but I wanted to come here and say I am very happy for you. I wish you all the best with this and you never know this just might be best for you. Thinking about it, it has to be better then all the crazy moments you have been under. Good luck my dear friend and I wish you all the best!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
26 May 11
I've been waiting for you to see this! I know it's very risky, but, I'm doing it. Thanks for all the best wishes!
• United States
26 May 11
Though it seems like a big risk think about your health and sanity and so therefore the risk is one I feel you can undergo. If you are happy doing what you like then any down times may seem so worth the wait. I am very happy for you! Prayers still strong for you and cheers to a healthier happy job my dear friend.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
26 May 11
I guess you're right. Thank you v much. I think I will be posting happy discussions from now on. Thanks very much for all the support during my rant moments. I'm so touched!
@inertia4 (27395)
• United States
13 Jun 11
A backup plan or having more choices is needed. However, what you explained seems to be a win win situation. It would be a perfect set up if you have something to fall back on.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
I still have both jobs. And if the situation doesn't change much, I think I'd be able to keep them both until I finally decide which one to let go. And, yes, it's a win-win situation because I always have something left for me. The only thing is that I miss coming here at myLot everyday and participating in discussions. Oh, well, I can't have everyhting, can't I?
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
27 May 11
I will admit that I am not a risk taker. I honestly can't think of a time in my life that I've actually taken a risk. Even when I had a job that was killing me, I still didn't give resignation on that job until I knew that I had a new job that would be dependable. Now, I will admit that I went to a company that does seasonal employment and lays off most of their workers during the summer. However, I knew that I really didn't have to worry because I had worked with that company before. I stayed there until my son was born, so for about 20 months straight.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
28 May 11
It's really a very hard decision, and I haven't left the old one yet and haven't started with the new one. And I'm having a lot of second thought. I guess I have till this week to make the decision.
• Philippines
26 May 11
I am not a risk taker when it comes to my job and love life. I tend to stick with what is safe. I tend to take risk in activities like bungee jumping, parasailing, wall climbing etc. Those risks makes my adrenaline rush. I think it is my way of compensating my lack of courage when it comes to taking risk regarding my personal life.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
26 May 11
Of those, I've tried parasailing. I was really apprehensive at first, but then when we were up there, I so loved it! I'm glad I took the risk!
@stanley777 (7175)
• Philippines
26 May 11
Hi glorya, Taking risks is really a dangerous moved especially if you don't have any back-plans, but I guess you have already think it over before going with your decision. As you have said you got the courage to take that risks because your current job is killing you.I do hope you did the right thing.I open a gift store 3 weeks ago after giving it much thought for 2 months I finally decided to do it through the help of my cousins.I have 2 spaces built for rent one was occupied already and because some asked me to lower the rent for the other one which I think is reasonable enough with regards to renting in our place, I decided I might us well use it for myself. This is the risks I have taken lately,me not having knowledge how to run a business I hope as the days past I can learn the trade.Thanks for sharing...
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
26 May 11
A business is always a good risk, I think. I hope that your gift store does well. Well, in time you will discover how to manage it. As for me, I've really, really wanted out for the longest time, and I'm presented with an opportunity.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
25 May 11
It's been a month now that I've moved on to this current job of mine. My previous job was in a big company, and was really comfy, with a lot of benefits, but I moved to this one because of two main reasons: more money and closer to home. This new company of mine is small, and that's the risk that I took. But so far, I'm enjoying it. And I also have a feeling that if everything else fails, my old job will hire me back if I wanted to.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Glad to hear you're happy with your new job! Well, that's one of my risks, too. My current work is a prestigious and powerful one. But I die a little each day because of stress. So, I'm risking it all because I just want to have a life. I hope my new job would be better just like yours!
@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Hello glory, If you think it's worth trying why not. I did some risking,trying giving decisions right there and away. Some are worth risking,some are not. But we will never knew the result unless we try right? I wish your new job will give it's worth risking for
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
I agree! I wouldn't know until I've tried, won't I? And, yes, I think I'm prepared for whatever consequence my decision might have. I've done a lot of bad decisions before and I've taken them all in stride. Still, I also hope this new job would be worth risking for. Thanks! I have a confession...Everytime I come across your name, I hear the song in my mind.
@farooq1 (33)
25 May 11
i havent taken any risks lately but i did take a risk once by running across the road in front of traffic. that's really the extent of the risks i take.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
OMG. That's not the kind of risk I'd be taking! I hope you won't ever take that risk again. Take care!
• Philippines
25 May 11
Hello Glorya, I don't know what job is this that you were referring to old one, but i think you just want to get out of the boredome of your old job and try this one. you know there's a lot of people out there who would want to have that job of yours, and with almsot three million unemployed, the chances of your boss getting you back can be slim.i mean, why getting a job like that then look for a part time?. nope, i haven't taken that kind of risk, am always careful.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Probably you're right. But, I'm still taking the risk. And no, it's not just boredom but a whole lot of more serious reasons. Well, it does sound kinda weird that I want the new job so I could take a part time one. But, my main concern is to maximize my earning efforts. In my old job, we work like horses for more than 12 hours a day, and yet we don't get paid overtime. With the new job plus an moonlighting on the side, I could earn 3x as much, with less the pressure. And, it would also give me more time for other important things in life - things that get sacrificed in the old job. It may sound selfish, but I do believe in living a well balanced life.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
25 May 11
We take risk not only in our work but in our everyday life too. We even take risk in our family decision sometimes. Last year, we decided to transfer my daughter to a different school. I taught the she will not excel because shes just a transferee. But to my amazement, she rank third in her class. The risk pays-off positively in this case. In work, I do take risk everyday. In my reports, in taking critical decisions with which will affect the company. Even taking a risk allowing someone to take a vacation without proper authorization. There is a thing called "calculated risk". Wherein one should weigh the pros and cons and take decisions based on what is the lesser evil.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
You're right. We take risks everyday. And, yes, some risks would give high yields if they work out right. Well, this hasn't been a "calculated risk" for me. I've gone through it blindly and whatever the result will be, I'm willing to accept the consequence.
@mrgpk63 (444)
• United States
25 May 11
No Risks I have taken Recently. In this Economy a Risk One should not take is in the Job Market. You should have a back Up Plan just in Case. This Shift in Job Position don't Work Out. Good Luck.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
25 May 11
You're right. I should have a back up plan just in case. Better safe than sorry. Thanks!