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Vote of No-Confidence in Me

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Keel M.

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I want to find a new job. I'm tired of where I am and to be honest, I don't think this firm will be around much beyond the end of this year.

My problem: I've done virtually nothing for the last 10 years and have lost all confidence in what I am capable of doing. I work for 2 architects. One of them very rarely lets me type emails or letters for him; the other I always type emails/letters for him because he has virtually no knowledge of computers and is happily ignorant. The problem is that he doesn't send many letters or emails. I answer the phone, three lines, but it doesn't really ring all that much. We have the odd visitor, but not as often as other architect firms probably have. I make sure all supplies are stocked and when we have the occasional lunch n learn, I organize the meal ordering.

That has been the extent of my work life for the last 10 years. I have always been willing to learn new things, new programs, but these two guys never wanted me to learn anything new. 

I look at job descriptions and hesitate to apply because I am scared I will be overwhelmed and fail under pressure. I don't know what to do.


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StarMountainKid

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Can't you learn by yourself what you think you need to know?

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simplybill

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"I look at job descriptions and hesitate to apply because I am scared I will be overwhelmed and fail under pressure."

Child of Bast:

That's pretty much the story of my life, and it has led me into some great adventures. The trick is to separate "fear of failing" from "failing". Don't be afraid to fail! It sounds to me like you're a loyal, hard-working employee who isn't afraid to "own" whatever task is given to you. Those are qualities that any employer would cherish in an employee.

Since you may be looking for another job anyway, why not experiment? At your next job interview, be honest and tell the interviewer that you're not 100% qualified for the position, but you're 100% sure that you will be a great employee and that you will go the extra mile to be valuable to the company. Be honest up front, and trust your work ethic to see you through. You can do this! Don't let fear push you around. 

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XenoFish

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I've been at the same job for 21 years and yes like you I'm afraid for the future. You could always take night classes at a tech school for something you might have an interest in.

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