You know that you don’t want this kind of schedule, you knew that before you took this job and thought that they’d assured you that you wouldn’t have it here, and it’s making you miserable. You said you feel like you have to stick it out for a year, which I assume is because you’re trying to avoid looking like a job hopper.But you’re not going to look like a job hopper if you have one short stay.Job hopping is about a pattern of behavior, not leaving quickly one time.It does mean that it’ll be important that you stay at your next job for a while, but you don’t need to be miserable in this job out of some notion that you’re obligated to stay a year.With the exception of the lecture when you were at a movie, this is the kind of thing that you could encounter in a lot of other jobs, even if you change fields. That said, given the movie lecture and the fact that your coworkers laughed when you asked about work-life balance, I’m betting that there are other details that add up to something closer to non-stop.If that’s the case, then yes, I would start looking around at other jobs.
(On the other hand, you should be left alone on weekends if it’s not time-sensitive.) Staying home both days one weekend to wait for client approval … If it’s rare (and it sounds like it’s only happened once), it can just be part of a professional job, even in fields that aren’t constantly hectic.
But I was assured that working at our agency was much less demanding.
Boy, do I feel like my interviewer (who is now my boss) told me wrong.
Some background: my job is at an agency where our clients are working almost 24/7.
I specifically didn’t want to work in that field because I hated that 24/7 work in previous internships — something I mentioned during my interview.
(Also, for the record, one year is still really short in most fields.