Lifehack – Changing Career

RuthDo you ever feel like you have hit a brick wall in your job and all of a sudden you are asking yourself how on earth did I end up here?

 

Daydreaming in the office, thinking –  ‘this is not who I am, or who I want to become…’

Well that was me about 4 years ago. I was studying for exams and working full time. To say I was stressed is an understatement. Up to this point I would have been pretty good at exams or more to the point pretty good at cramming my ass off. But this time was different. Literally nothing was going into my head and then I realized why. For the first time in my life I think I didn’t actually want to pass the exams. Which seems bizarre. Qualifying would mean being fully qualified for a job I had absolutely no interest in. It was like my body was subconsciously shutting down and refusing to work because it knew what my life would be like if I succeeded.

 

ChangeI took a good hard look in the mirror. If someone asked me what I did for a living, what is that one answer that I would be happy and content with replying, knowing it was me being truthful to myself.

So that’s what I did. I quit my job and decided to go back to college to study PE. It goes without saying it has been tough financially but I am 100% happier knowing that when I am fully qualified this time I will be looking forward to the future and actually working in a job I feel is right for me.

Have I any regrets? None.

 

So here are my tips if you are in a similar situation and thinking about changing your career:

 

  1. Think long and hard about what YOU want to do with your life, not what others want you to do or what you think would be the most sensible thing to do. It is YOUR life.
  2. Do NOT compare yourself to others – it is a form of self torture and as a good friend told me “Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle” (or something along those lines!)
  3. The hardest part is making the decision, once that is done it gets so much easier.
  4. It is never too late to change and you are never too old to do it
  5. It will affect every aspect of your life if you are happy with your career.
  6. Take your time deciding. Do not rush into it or you may end up in the same situation all over again.
  7. Work hard to get what you want. It’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it.
  8. Stay positive. Many people don’t have the guts to give up and start from scratch so give yourself some credit and believe in yourself.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been” George Eliot