Well I gotta say, choosing a new career and pathway for my future was definitely one of the biggest decisions I’ve made in my life so far.
Today, October 2nd 2020 was my last day working at SoleStage.
You ever just had a moment in life where you just said “fuck this, I want more”. That’s basically how I felt. When you get too comfortable doing something, you suddenly lose interest. I basically lost that drive and motivation. Comfortability meant that I was going to just stay at this position for the rest of my life and live life as it is. Here’s a little background information about my life:
- Graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in MHR
- 23 Years Old
- Worked at a Sneaker Boutique store called SoleStage for 2.5 Years
Working at Solestage for the past 2.5 years was probably one of the best things that happened to me so far. I’ve met a great amount of people via work and I’m proud to call them my friends outside of the workplace. Some of them I actually consider them as family. I got their backs if anything were to go wrong. I probably had the most chillest job in my whole life. I managed 2 different store locations and learned a lot of great experiences that helped boost my resume.
I just wanted more.
I kind of accepted the fact that my pay was not the greatest. What do you expect as a Store Manager? Definitely not going to be getting anything above $50,000 a year with that position. After working 2 years with them, my salary kind of bothered me. Yet I never asked for a raise or anything. How could I ask for a raise if I was doing the same thing over and over again for 2 years? Then again, it didn’t really hit me until I decided I want to do something else. The pay didn’t matter to me because I’m still currently living with my parents, which means that I don’t have to pay for rent for the time being. I really didn’t negotiate for a higher pay. I was fine with whatever they gave me. But after a couple of years, it just wasn’t enough. I wanted more.
Actually it wasn’t just that. I began to feel comfortable at work. My friends and family would joke around saying that I would be working here for the rest of my life. At first I saw them as jokes, but I really kept thinking about that statement and it got to me. I was too comfortable. I look at other people and just started comparing myself with them. How could I be comfortable with where I am right now when I’m getting paid pretty low and I’m not really doing anything? I’ve told my friends and family that prior to COVID-19, before the Irvine location (last store I managed at) closed down, I had already thought about leaving SoleStage by the end of the year. It seems that I’m making money an issue here but in reality, the main reasoning behind my exit from SoleStage is just a conflict of interest. I saw myself not doing this anymore and I didn’t want to be stuck in this bubble. I was too comfortable working to the point I wasn’t happy with myself anymore. Of course with COVID-19 happening now, jobs have been scarce throughout the year. SoleStage has blessed me with a part-time gig that I accepted for a couple months, before realizing this wasn’t it for me.
Look I’m barely 23 years old, I’m about to be 24 next month. I’m still young compared to my former coworkers. I have a degree and I should start putting that to use. And that’s when another realization hit me: a switch in careers. Finding a job with a MHR degree is going to be as tough as finding a job with no college degree. I deemed it pointless. I honestly don’t even know why I stuck with MHR. I just wanted an easy way out of college and dip with my degree. I knew something had to be done. Either stick with a low paying job within the MHR field, or figure something out that could benefit me in the long run. And that’s what I did. I remember a couple of my friends mentioned that they attended a coding bootcamp. It’s basically what it sounds like. A bootcamp (either 3 months or 6 months) where the institution teaches you the necessities and skills needed for coding. My friends graduated from UCSB and UCSD as Bio Majors and are know Full Stack developers. I thought, if I’m going to be taking the time off from working for now, I should start investing in myself and teach myself a skillset that’ll benefit me in the future. And that’s what I did. I signed up for a coding bootcamp and this will be my new future.