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oh man im burnt out

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by aushus, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. aushus

    aushus Byte Poster

    I started at this place and being here a month and i put 50 hours each week.

    I AM so Busy but within this month i feel like i learned **** loads i feel thé learning curve i went through in thé last month is équilent to 6 months at my last place so im happy with thé up skilling.But i give up my weekends and i dont get over time and i make £27.6k a year.

    What you guys think i should do? Should i stay or go?

    Anyone in thé same position as me? Working more than your hours and no over time or anything
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012
  2. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    When you change to a new role you always have to put in the extra time and effort to get both up to speed with things and set things the way that you want them to be. It is not uncommon to find yourself working lots of overtime (unpaid) for the first six months in my experience.

    Keep your head up for there will be light at the end of the tunnel. 6 months down the line you'll realise it was all worth the extra effort.
  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    50 hours a week is pretty normal for the first 3 months in a new job I think, after that you need to re-evaluate, if you're still having to put 50+ hours in then :-

    1. Maybe you are still not up to speed and need to put more effort in.
    2. The employer is taking advantage somewhat and you should maybe address matters.

    Only you can figure out which it is, 6 months in and having to regularly put 50+ hours in then they are taking advantage and you should ask to be paid overtime, time in lieu or a bonus.
  4. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    Also make sure you aren't a "busy fool" ... work smartly.
  5. SimonD
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    SimonD Terabyte Poster

    There comes a point where you have to say enough is enough, if you feel that you're going above and beyond what's expected then take a step back and re-evaluate why you're doing this. If it's the company is piling the work on you then it could be to see if \ when you say that's it (they want to see what you're capable of), finally if it's just that you're not up to scratch with the technology then you need to think that if you don't do the work to get up to scratch that you're company 'could' decide at the end of your probation that you're not good enough and let you go.

    Only you know which of these are the case. If you are good enough for the role and the company are taking the piss then stand firm and do what's required but know that it could come back and kick you in the arse later on.

    As a side note, 50 hour weeks aren't unusual, especially if you're more project related, get used to the unsociable hours, working weekends and shift work because they can all happen during your IT career.
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  6. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

    I dream of only working 50 hours a week :-(

    IMO, until you feel you are up to speed with both new technologies and and procedures then you cannot judge whether your employers are taking advantage of you or not.
    It would also look pretty poor on your CV if you didn't stay there too long, I imagine there would be some awkward questions at any subsequent job interview. You could try lying about why you left, you could try leaving the job off your CV altogether (which moves the awkward question about leaving your last employment to your last job, which may come undone when they ask for a reference) but the answer "I was finding it hard to keep up with the learning curve and didn't want to put in the hours to do it" isn't going to put you on anyone's shortlist for a job.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012
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  7. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster

    only being there for a month and 50 hrs isn't all that bad, even if they are not paying you for the extra, in my opinion you shouldn't really be having a moan about the new job this early on when your earning a decent wage
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  8. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Stick at it as long as you can. If you are getting good experience it will be worth it in the long run.
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  9. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    I agree with what the others have said and ultimately no one said working in IT is all a bed of roses or it's going to be easy. Stick with it and it would benefit you in the end but make sure you use your time effectively and work smart.
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