Failure to learn is!
I had my first taste of Temporary work from an agency after 10 years in a full time position and I failed.
I won’t go into too much detail since I prefer not to dwell (having said that I’m writing today’s blog).
I was there an hour and knew it wasn’t for me but was willing to stick it out. I lasted a day and an hour because I was sat down on the second day and told that my skills were not what they wanted. Hello? I knew that the first day and why the agency placed me there I do not know. Yes I do, I was available!
I went home, encouraged in the knowledge that I now knew what I DIDN’T want to do, however, the worst was yet to come.
I contacted the agency lady (pretty poor that she didn’t bother to contact me), however, she then gave me the feedback from the job and to say I was shocked was an understatement. I thought I was pretty good but obviously they had higher standards and I thought my standards were pretty high but I guess being out of the business world for so long I lost sight of the bigger picture.
I have taken this feedback on board and know what I will be doing next time and I’m excited to realise that this is an opportunity to take the bad and make it good or even better. I appreciate her being candid because the company gave no indication they were less than pleased with me when we parted company on a good note but I guess they didn’t want to hurt my feelings and the agency people are obviously the ones to tell you some real home truths.
What I am finding hard, however, is that I have no connection with the agency lady (well girl really, coz she’s old enough to be my daughter) and I find that most disconcerting. I feel like she took one look at me and didn’t like me and her attitude since our meeting has been one of disdain as if she’s saying to herself “Oh no, not another one!”
I like that the company had feedback on me but there doesn’t seem to be any opportunity to have any feedback on the consultant. I don’t want to go over her head and complain because that is not what I do but I also feel that feedback is a strong indication that you are doing something right or wrong and you can learn and learning is really part of life. I have joined a few agencies and I am tempted to dump this one just because of the consultant but again, she still might find my dream job so I can’t say for sure I should sever all ties so I guess I’m in a holding pattern.
I failed yes, but I failed and learned some valuable lessons and I shall continue to learn them throughout my life and my new job will be something I am truly passionate about and I will succeed without the help of this particular consultant.
So failure is not the end – it’s the beginning of something truly wonderful.
Thank you for reading.