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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:05 PM
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I dread going back to work because I suck at my job
I have worked there for two months and don't seem to be doing well. I really feel like an idiot. Sometimes I think that I should quit and take an easy job consisting of simple repetitive tasks. This upsets me because I used to think that I was smart and could handlde a good job if I got one.
Really, I don't know what to do.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:07 PM
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1. What kind of work
And what makes you think you suck at it? If you've only been there for two months....

:shrug:

:hug:

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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:15 PM
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3. I do research and development and quality work for a food manufacturer
My product development projects are going nowhere. I find myself not being able to do math that I know that I learned how to do in high school and college. I cannot seem to ask suppliers the right questions. My lab is completely disorganized. I don't really even know very much about some of the products that we make. I don't know some of the basic things that the unskilled workers know about their area. I know that all of it is a lot to learn but I feel like I am wasting the company's time and money.
My superviser treats me like I'm idiot if I ask questions and gives me a hard time if I did the wrong thing when I tried to figure it out by myself.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:22 PM
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5. Take a deep breath
And give yourself a chance. It's going to take time, it just sucks that you've got a lousy supervisor.

Don't be so hard on yourself. Do you like the work itself?
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:31 PM
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6. I've been so stressed out that it is hard to tell
I think that I would like it if I wasn't so stressed about everything and felt more competent. It's just tough.
I know that I should give it more time and that I have already learned a lot already. I also know that I am not the only one who has problems with my superviser.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:35 PM
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8. I know it's got to be hard.
And it's easier said than done...MUCH easier...just try to relax. Corny as it sounds, believe in yourself and you'll get there.

And any time you need to vent or holler or whatever, feel free. I might not have a lot of advice, but I listen good.

:hug:
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 09:30 PM
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15. "My superviser treats me like I'm idiot if I ask questions..."
your supervisor is an idiot

go slow--you can't fix a multitude of problems all at once; you will have to prioritize

list your issues in three categories:
information you need to learn about products, procedures, your company, competitors, etc.
skills you need to acquire or sharpen
attitudinal issues

prioritize the things from the above lists that are within your power to remedy

prioritize the things from the above lists that you must have

put in whatever extra time you need to catch up on product knowledge

put in extra time outside working hours if necessary to organize your lab

find coworkers who can help you with knowledge

stay positive. you can learn and improve. It may take a lot of extra work for a while, but you can do it.
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:11 PM
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2. Two months isn't that long for some jobs
It takes me at least 6 months to get the hang of a new specialty of nursing.
Maybe you need to cut yourself some slack...or ask for some help.
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Ekirh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:21 PM
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4. I feel yah . .
I've worked at my job for almost five months and I think I suck at it, hate it, get frusterated. But being it was the only job that was willing to hire me . . I'm there for now "sighs".
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 07:34 PM
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7. I actually had a job that I had been competent at
But no, I needed new challenges, to be rid of some issues in that workplace, and more money.
What did I get myself into?
I am sorry that you are having a hard time with your job too.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 08:16 PM
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9. I suggest you hang in there
Over a dozen years ago I entered my current industry and felt the same way you describe after two months on the job. I practically had myself convinced I would be fired because I just wasn't getting it.

And then one morning I woke up and realized the problem was with the training I received, not with me. I developed my own notes and steps and instantly became productive. That first week I completed more work than the other 44 people in my department combined. I have not looked back since.
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patricia92243 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 08:38 PM
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10. Make a list of EXACTLY what each problem is, and the way to solve that
problem. Then prioritize it, then do number 1, then 2 and so on.

A journey of 1000 miles starts with the first step.

You sound like it is all overwhelming you - not that you are bad at the job. By prioritizing problems, solving them and getting them out of the way - everything starts to fall in place.

Keep us posted how it goes. I'm betting in another two months, you will look back and say to yourself "What was so hard about that?"

Good luck.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 08:39 PM
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11. Now you know how Bush must feel
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 09:22 PM
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14. no way
bush has no idea he sucks because no one dares to tell his sorry ass
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FILAM23 Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 09:11 PM
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12. Give yourself time
if you still feel that way after 6 months then maybe it is time to move on,
but after just 2 months I think you are selling yourself short.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 09:22 PM
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13. Nikia, Nikia
two months is not enough time to beat yourself up over - is there a person at work you relate to and can speak to about this issue? Someone did that with me once - confided he felt he just wasn't hacking it - I went over some basic stuff with him and he turned out just fine. Now if it is work you simply are not interested in, that is a different issue altogether.
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