After venting on the phone to a friend about how discouraged I’ve been at work, I realized just how true what my adviser had been talking about in our meeting last week was.
Last week, my adviser, Mary, told me that no matter what industry you are in, you go into it young and excited with a fresh outlook and fresh ideas. Then, you often run into a big brick wall of discouragement. She said that the people you are working with (or for) have been with the company for years, and they are comfortable doing things just the way they are. They are resistant to change, or at least they don’t see it as necessary.
Last semester, my friend had a great part-time job at a marketing firm in Tulsa. He worked every morning and went to class in the afternoons. He was making good money, but often complained about how his boss and co-workers were complete idiots. They would take 20 minutes to describe a task that should take five, and they would leave the office for extended periods of time. He said they were always surprised when he finished his work 45 minutes before everyone else. He quit.
I was happy about his job because he was making money and it looked good on a resume. I did not understand why he was so frustrated. Now I am starting to get it.
I’ve been trying to convince my boss it’s worth it to “become a part of the conversation” and engage in social media. I was proud that he listened to me.
It’s been a week, though, and still no change. I asked when he was going to update the Web site and put my plans for blogging, tweeting, commenting, and more into action. He replied “It’ll be interesting to see if either of us has time for that…”
What other choice is there? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. This could turn into something really great, I hope it does!