#WMYW: 5 THINGS I LEARNED AFTER I QUIT MY BPO JOB

May 21, 2017


Greetings from the island!

As I type this I'm eating ice cream (double dutch and cookies n cream--- it's hard to tell which, they've melted). The dialogue from the lazy afternoon Sunday movie filters through our windows.

It's as hot as the devil's armpits.

I know it's been a while since I posted. I haven't been to summery places or high-key events (#sadlife) (#introvertlife) but I did something pretty drastic: 

I quit my BPO job.


My gulay, I really did!

It didn't really sink in until after the fact--- until it was 9 pm and I wasn't getting ready for work at all. After months of planning and preparing, I've finally taken the leap, and surprisingly, it's not that scary. Here's 5 things I learned about leaving my call center job:
  

It's not that scary





In the months leading up to my departure, I was wracked with anxiety. My BPO job was my first job, the only one I've ever had since I finished college. So the sepanx was understandable. Stockholm Syndrome, even. I didn't know if I could exist without it. I had all kinds of fears:

What would happen if I didn't have a payslip?

What if I get sick and didn't have insurance?

What would I do after?

But as my last day approached and I finally surrendered my badge and other effects, I was...okay. God didn't smite me for quitting my job. And I honestly laughed because I was scared of nothing.

There's a profound sense of freedom

 

 

No shit. It's as if a weight was lifted off my back. I was unemployed for exactly one week, and I cherished it. I should have been scared because no cashflow, but I was pretty happy. During this week, I made empanada and pasta with my mom, did chores, and watched prime time TV dramas (at night!). What AHT? I can't remember feeling any free-er.
 

You'll wonder how you lasted this long with a messed-up body clock





Five years is a long time to have an upside-down body clock. And for such a long time, that had been my norm. Walking around looking for milk tea at 3 in the morning was not unusual at all. And then all of a sudden---you realize that it wasn't normal! I was happiest when I tucked myself in at night, and woke up in the morning. It was so refreshing.

The world does not revolve around IT Park

 


Sometimes you think that you won't get another job like the one you left. Sometimes, it's so very easy to think that the world revolved around IT Park. But it's a bubble. And there's so  much more outside of it if you  just look hard enough.

 Sunsets are amazing





I missed sunsets. I truly did. 5 years of waking up at night deprived me of this, even on weekends. And I'm so grateful that I can see them in their full splendor now, without worrying about my shift later in the night.

 

 In the end, it was the right choice. Have you worked in the BPO industry before? Any thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

I also talked about my BPO experience in zerothreetwo right here

Let me know what you think!

All the love,

K x

@krishafromtheisland

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