So, the big news in my world right now is that I have quit my corporate day job and I am pursuing a big career change. I have one more week left in work, which I have to admit is a very scary thing.
And the even scarier thing for me is that I don’t have a secure, full-time job lined up to start straight away.
I am going to be doing some work of course, as the bills have to be paid, but I am going to take my foot of the career ladder rat-run that I have worked so hard at climbing, and give my creative juices some time to run wild.
For years this type of career change is something I have dreamed about doing but I have never quite had the guts to actually do. Working in marketing, PR and communications has meant that many parts of my work are creative, but I have found the more I have climbed the ladder, the further away I have moved from the things I really enjoy doing.
To make up for it, I have done my own creative things – this blog for example, photography, my love for cooking and experimenting with recipes etc. But I have so many ideas of the things I would like to do, and just not enough time to do them all!
So, over the next few months I am going to be doing some of these things. This will include writing more, learning about interior design and styling, and of course some more blogging. I also have an idea for a business that I am very excited to explore.
On a personal level, I want to actually ‘finish’ our house which we have spent years renovating and of course some of you will already know we get married at the end of August and the extra time to plan all of the details will be amazing. Say hello to wedding-day-detail Bridezilla!
To keep the bank balance happy, it’s likely that I will need to do some freelance and consultancy work but I am going to be careful not to let it take over like my day job invariably did.
I am so excited for the coming months!
The overwhelming reaction to people when I tell them my plan, is for them to tell me how brave I am being. In one sense, I totally agree, but on the other hand I actually feel that the scarier thing would be for me to not pursue my dreams.
And this got me to thinking; how many other people have gotten to the stage in their careers that they wanted years ago only to realise it wasn’t really what they expected? Or simply that they would like to try something different? I don’t think I am alone!
Here are 8 signs that tell you it is time for a job or career change:
1. You dream up other career options all of the time
I am literally a business idea/other career option generator. Granted, they are not all viable – ok, ok the vast majority don’t even come close to viable – but I still like to come up with them anyway!
2.You don’t want your boss’ job
In my last couple of jobs, I couldn’t see myself in my boss’ position. For me, this is an issue as I like to strive to do better, to keep improving and moving forward. If that isn’t upwards, then I wasn’t sure where that left me.
3. You are not happy in work despite it being a good job where you have security, stability and respect.
Cue the ‘what is wrong with me’ thoughts, before realising it is just a career change that is needed!
4. You feel uninspired each morning
When you wake up you have more of a sense of dread than you do of excitement, you put off getting in to work, and you count the days down to the weekend or your holiday.
5. You regularly start sentences with ‘If I had my own business I would…’
This is one of my most favourite past times. For the record, I will have yoga Fridays, walking meetings, creative sessions in coffee shops and everyone will get a complementary day off when it is their birthday.
6. Your skills are not being best used
You are doing a job, and probably a good one at that, but your best skills aren’t being used by the company and so you feel like you aren’t giving all that you could, and the company isn’t getting the best out of you.
7. You’ve stopped learning new things
We all know there is always more to learn, but if on the whole you feel like you have learnt all you can in your job then you can start to feel pretty despondent.
8. You’ve lost your passion
When you tell people about the job you do, is it with energy and enthusiasm and a smile on your face or do you shrug your shoulders, mumble a few words and not really believe yourself when you try to say good things?
I noticed all of these to different degrees at some point over the last few years. It took me a long time to understand why, but now I have accepted it is just because I am craving a change. And that’s OK. Wish me luck and i’ll be sure to let you know how it is going here.
Still need a bit of convincing? Read this HuffPost article featuring 13 people who prove it is not too late to change your career. Spoiler alert, Walt Disney is one of them!
Are you dreaming of a career change? Do you have any of these signs? Or have you already bitten the bullet and gone for it? I would love to hear – please leave a comment in the below, I read them all.