Career and financial securities are probably a top priority for a lot of people. Everyone wants to know that they will be taken care of all the time. The old saying goes, “you might be ok with your job, but is your job ok with you?” Everyone has heard this in one form or another at some point in his or her life. In could not be further from the truth.
I recently had a position at Toyota Financial Services. I was a customer representative for the lease end department. I spoke to people about their excessive wear and use bills along with disposition fees. I have worked in call centers before, so the complaints about how much things cost were nothing new to me. My supervisor stated that he needed to do some side by sides with me so he could get a better picture of how I handle customers. It took him two weeks to sit down with me during four phone calls to make sure I was doing everything right. I had already been taking calls for a month before this transpired. This was one of the telltale signs that told me the job I was doing was not the right one for me. I would sometimes stare out the window and look at the shining its bright light on everything in sight. I would think to myself, “wouldn’t it be awesome if I could be out in the sun right now instead taking calls from customers that ultimately do not want to pay their bill no matter how little money is owed. This was another sign that the job I was doing was not in my best interest whatsoever. I use Uber and Lyft quite often to get myself back and forth from place to place. I started to get picked up from drivers who “used” to work at Toyota Financial themselves. This was not only an indicator that I was in the wrong job, but that my time as a customer service representative would come to an end shortly.
A few weeks after the events described above came and went, I was let go from my position at Toyota Financial Services. I was not let go due to performance issues. I was ok with my job for the most part, but my job was not ok with me. If this were the case, then I would still be there now taking the exact same calls over and over again. I saw all the signs telling me to get out, but I did not think that my time would come so soon. The reason given for my termination was because I was absent too many times within a short period. I was only out three times within two months.
What I learned is that there is no such thing as external security. It is up to the individual to be secure in his or her own decisions. What may seem secure may disintegrate in the blink of an eye. There is no point in holding yourself back in life due to the false sense of security that something else may bring an individual. Everyone secures themselves by committing to their decisions. That is the only security one has in life anyway. We can only secure the choices that we make. Everything else is always up in the air.