I did a four year degree course and I hated it, I should have dropped out but I didn’t, I stuck with it and I graduated. I then went on to work in one of the biggest software companies in the world, straight after college. To anybody on the outside, this looks like success. I had a good degree and a good job but what use, when I dreaded going into work everyday? I decided to go travelling after three years in the job because I was so fed up and had wanted to travel my whole life but couldn’t afford to. I managed to save close to 10k living like a hermit and saving like mad. My boyfriend and I, set off with our savings and our around the world tickets for six months. It was the best time of my life.
Fast forward 6 months, I land home on the Friday and back to work in the SAME job on the Monday, it actually turned out to be same desk, same everything. If any clarity came from my travels, it was that I need to change my career, it wasn’t for me. I applied to everything I was remotely qualified for and went on countless interviews. By the end, I probably could have interviewed for any job! I managed to get a job in media/sales (my current position) and although somewhat satisfied, in that I don’t dread going in everyday, its still not for me.
I guess my point is, I just read a post on my Instagram about a girl who was worried about changing her career for a third time, that people would judge her. My fitness coach used to work in finance, I used to work in IT, a friend of mine is now a nurse after doing a degree in business, I can go on. Careers aren’t as straightforward anymore: it’s so important to be happy in a job, it takes up a huge part of our lives.
Unfortunately, I am still looking for my passion, but I’m excited to explore new things. If I’m in the position someday to look at somebody’s CV, I’ll be more interested in the person who has gotten to where they are sideways. All I can hope for is that somebody will think the same about mine.
I know it’s a cliche thing to say but it’s so true; you only live once, so don’t worry about what people think and just go for it! I’m not preaching, I’m just saying how I feel! 😊