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WOMAN WORKING IN “PRESTIGIOUS” BANK OVERWHELMED WITH WORK, HIDE IN TOILET TO CRY

I’d like to share my story. I started working for a prestigious bank after graduating in 2018. I had aimed to stay at least 2 years but after literally 2 weeks I was already sending out resumes to other firms. I was unfortunately placed into a team with the most workload in the department.

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There was so much work my teammates and I would mostly tabao and eat lunch at our desks, and we were OTing like everyday. I only managed to stay with them 9 months but I vividly recall crying in the atas toilet and crying on the grab home at 2am every month end.

I had nightmares, mood swings, panic attacks before month end and fell sick very often from burning the midnight oil. I had sought advice from my family and boyfriend but they just told me to stop being such a pussy. (Great support system right)

Because I was always applying for jobs, I had to secretly attended my job interviews during my lunch break, lying to their HR that my current job didn’t allow me to learn much and other excuses (just employ me plsss). I think I attended close to 15 interviews before landing a FT offer at an MNC, and the HR assured me they adopted a good work life balance culture.

I deliberated this offer for awhile as I wanted to see if there were better ones. At that time my mother had to suddenly undergo surgery so I requested to take leave to look after her. My manager said no. The leave quota had already been filled so I had to work.

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That was the final straw for me. To me I had been working for 8 months, OT-ing daily, suffering so much and my manager was indirectly saying “work comes first, I don’t care about your family”.

I stepped outside my office and used my phone to email the other company accepting their offer, went back to my desk and did what had only been a dream to me since week 2.

I copied a resignation template off Google, typed in my notice period with my last day of service, printed it and handed it to my manager. It was 31 Dec 2018, what a way to start the new year right.

Served my notice, got out of that hellhole and started my next job at the MNC and I’m still working here today. I really love what I do now and am so much happier. Plus I get to leave work at 5pm on the dot 今天明天every天 yayy. Absolutely zero regrets quitting my previous job.

I’d say that if you’re financially able to sustain yourself in the next 6 months pls do your mental health a favour and leave. But before you start on your next job ask yourself what is the problem with your current role. Do you not like the type of work? The people? The amount of work? The culture? etc…

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Once you can identify the issue, address it in your next job interview, see what your prospective employer has to say and gauge if you’re a good fit for the role.

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