Recently, I’ve been obsessing over the TV show Sex and the City. I’ve heard great things about it, but never really made it past the very first episode. Watching scenes with nudity makes me uncomfortable; however, it had been about three years since I have seen it, and thought I would give it another shot. I started watching it because one of my former coworkers quoted the show, which sparked my curiosity.
As much as I hate to say it, I finished the entire TV series this week. Luckily, I still have two more movies to watch and the series The Carrie Diaries. I have, unfortunately, already seen And Just Like That… when it first came out. I did ruin some of the spoilers for myself while watching Sex and the City.
If you haven’t seen Sex and the City yet, you must watch it! I convinced one of my girlfriends who hasn’t seen it and now she’s hooked. I also convinced my sister to watch it! As I watched the series, I felt some of my own emotions too. The TV show is so relatable, and you can’t help but get so attached to the characters.
While watching the series, I can’t help but think that there should be a “Work and the City” version! As someone who grew up with parents who didn’t work in corporate, it can be hard sometimes to ask for advice. It’s easy to not have an idea of what a good work environment is if you recently graduated college. I stayed at my first real job for nearly three years and of course, that job set the bar for my expectations at my next job.
Working is Similar to Dating
I often tell my friends that working is similar to dating. You don’t know until you try! Interviews are like first dates. You ask a few questions to get to know the position and the company, they ask a few questions to get to know you and whether or not you’re a company fit. Starting a job is similar to moving in with someone. You won’t be able to really get to know them until you’re a part of it on a daily basis.
Leaving a job can be nerve-wracking. When I started my new job two years ago, I was also going through a breakup. The feelings were so similar, as I put in my two weeks’ notice, I thought to myself – maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side and maybe I’m making a mistake. Maybe I’m taking this job for granted and my next job isn’t as great as my current one! Just like in relationships, sometimes you do separate, date around to see who else is out there, and then come back to your ex because the grass isn’t greener on the other side. Then, there are times when you tell yourself – I should have left a long time ago!
Work and the City would teach us so many life lessons on working in corporate. Like, when should you leave a job? How do you know it’s time to look for a new company? An even bigger question – what is corporate politics and how do we navigate that? Like Carrie Bradshaw questioning men, here I am questioning workplace politics.
I was talking to a colleague the other week and I mentioned how there are a lot of boomerang employees at the company we work for. In case you didn’t know – which I didn’t until a few months ago, a boomerang employee is an employee that has previously left the company but comes back again at a later time. I thought that the company must be doing something right if people are coming back to work here again after taking some time away. She agreed that while there is some truth to that, it’s also to gain new respect.
For example, if you started at the company as an intern but climbed your way up the ladder, your colleagues that’s been there as long as you have will always think of you as the intern when you first started. This happens at every company in every industry. Job hunting can also increase your salary at a much faster rate than staying at the company. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I would have never thought of that!
Things like that would be so useful for someone who hasn’t worked in corporate for that long. Imagine that there’s a show like Sex and the City but for working in corporate – I would love that! Maybe I’ll start the series Work and the City on my blog, which will be similar to Carrie’s column, ha.
Which Sex and the City character are you? Take the Buzzfeed quiz if you haven’t already! The quiz results say that I’m Carrie, but my girlfriends think that I’m Charlotte. I think I’m two-thirds Carrie, one-third Charlotte, a dash of Miranda, and a hint of Samantha because we’re all of them one way or another!