There are jobs that change you. Jobs that grow you. There are jobs that challenge your character, and play a role in defining who you are.
Then there are jobs that teach you nothing. Jobs that are jobs. You punch in, you punch out, but you never really show up.
Jobs are a crapshoot. In the end, the only thing you really take with you when you leave a job is your character.
Sure, some bosses may claim you walked on water. While others may want you to burn in… well, some bosses may not say nice things. When all that fades, when you’ve forgotten what you’ve learned because you’ve been taught so much more. When the positive reference has no meaning because it’s been replaced by three more. When the bridge is done burning. All that’s left is your character.
Whatever your character is when you leave, is the only thing you’ll have when you find your next job. If you’re the sort made of unshakable character, it won’t matter what the last boss said, because the next opportunity won’t care. The next opportunity – be it boss, a significant other, or students – will only care about what you bring with you.
“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”
Malcolm S. Forbes