Help- I really hate my placement.

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Hi everyone,

Not too sure I’ve posted this in the right area but I really need help.

So I started a year long work placement a couple of weeks ago for a SME. I was super excited about starting because it sounded really interesting and I’ve always enjoyed working in the past. The first week was great and I understood everything I was taught but I’m now working from home.

The job description specified that I’d be doing lots of things on the daily basis but now I’ve started my job is just cold calling. This was not specified on the job description and I am not the sort of person who likes talking on the phone. Every time I call people they are rude to me and I absolutely hate it. The fact I’m working from home is making it even worse because there’s no way for me to joke about it with anyone or rant and get it off my chest.

I’m crying all the time when I think about work because it’s not what I signed up for at all and I feel like I’ve just wasted a year of my life. I know it’s good experience and money but I really hoped that I’d be enjoying it too. It’s got to the point where I’m scared of ringing people because I don’t want to be abused by them.

What should I do?

Is it too late to reapply for another placement if I can find one? I don’t really want to go back to university for the year so what are my options? Hopefully when I get back in the office it won’t be as bad?

Thanks!
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(Original post by samgre17)
Hi everyone,

Not too sure I’ve posted this in the right area but I really need help.

So I started a year long work placement a couple of weeks ago for a SME. I was super excited about starting because it sounded really interesting and I’ve always enjoyed working in the past. The first week was great and I understood everything I was taught but I’m now working from home.

The job description specified that I’d be doing lots of things on the daily basis but now I’ve started my job is just cold calling. This was not specified on the job description and I am not the sort of person who likes talking on the phone. Every time I call people they are rude to me and I absolutely hate it. The fact I’m working from home is making it even worse because there’s no way for me to joke about it with anyone or rant and get it off my chest.

I’m crying all the time when I think about work because it’s not what I signed up for at all and I feel like I’ve just wasted a year of my life. I know it’s good experience and money but I really hoped that I’d be enjoying it too.

What should I do?

Is it too late to reapply for another placement if I can find one? I don’t really want to go back to university for the year so what are my options? Hopefully when I get back in the office it won’t be as bad?

Thanks!
That's probably all you can do wfh. Ask what the programme of work for the placement is if you return to the office and if you have to stay wfh beyond July. When you've got a clear plan of what they are proposing, then you have a framework to either negotiate a change to, or hold them to through the year.
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That's probably all you can do wfh. Ask what the programme of work for the placement is if you return to the office and if you have to stay wfh beyond July. When you've got a clear plan of what they are proposing, then you have a framework to either negotiate a change to, or hold them to through the year.
Hi thanks for the response.

I’ve been told that when social distancing is lifted we will be returning into the office full time. Hopefully once I’m in the office I won’t feel as alone and I will be more confident and able to speak to people.
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Why are you doing a placement with a SME? Aren't they usually at large multi-nationals or boutique firms that are very industry specific?
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Why are you doing a placement with a SME? Aren't they usually at large multi-nationals or boutique firms that are very industry specific?
It was advertised on my university career page, so i applied and got the job. I applied to a few at multi nationals too which is why I’m so annoyed because once I got this job offer I cancelled all my other interviews.

It’s a shame but I didn’t know any better. The people here promised me something different to what I’ve got and there’s nothing I can really do about it.
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It was advertised on my university career page, so i applied and got the job. I applied to a few at multi nationals too which is why I’m so annoyed because once I got this job offer I cancelled all my other interviews.

It’s a shame but I didn’t know any better. The people here promised me something different to what I’ve got and there’s nothing I can really do about it.
Then it sounds like they wanted some cheap labour for a year. Contact the university and they'll black-list them for the future.
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