A Day in the Life of an Expat

No longer employed (and it’s not a bad thing)

I’ve never been fired before.

I came close once because of restructuring during tough economic times, but the people making the tough decisions decided I was worth keeping around, and I am still thankful.

I had a job in the Netherlands for 3 weeks, less 1 day, and I enjoyed every minute of it! It was my first experience working in the start-up world, and what a world it is. I felt like I’d been transported back to university where the goal everyday was to learn as much as possible.

The co-owners of the company where I worked made it clear to me that they were happy with work I did for them, but they needed an operations manager who was able to attend all of the events and meetings of the accelerator they joined. These events were plentiful and often ran late into the evening. While I was (and still am am) amenable to sporadically spend late nights at work, spending every night at the office was just not something I was willing to do. I moved to the Netherlands to be with RB, and making sure we can spend time together is something I am not prepared to compromise on right now. As much as I was enjoying the work and the people, I couldn’t justify spending ALL my time at my job.

The co-owners and I agreed that we all should have been more clear in the beginning about what our expectations were. We both underestimated the intensity of the accelerator and just how time consuming it would be.

While this experience has shaken my confidence (more on that in another post), I’ve learned a whole heck of a lot from it. For instance, I need to be abundantly clear about how much time I am willing to spend, and what I expect from the job. I also need to ask very specific and detailed questions about what the company expects from me as an employee.

I wish my former colleagues nothing but the best, and hope that in the future, when things have settled down for them, that we will be able to work together again.

Until then, I’m back on the job search.

15.10.22.WorkUpdate

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