I’m currently in my 4th week of a new job – my dream job – and am being asked by many people what it’s like after being in my previous job for over 4 years. What made me take the leap, and was it the right decision? This has inspired me to write this post to talk about my experience and offer tips to those of you who want to take the leap but can’t quite pluck up the courage to do so.
Any life changing decision such as a new job, new home or new relationship is daunting and very uncomfortable. Don’t resist change! This is my biggest piece of advice. In my early twenties I held back on a lot; I was a fairly nervous and timid person and tried to resist change which made it much harder for me to adapt to things as I grew up, left home, ended a relationship and gained jobs. Whilst I have learnt to never regret anything, I sure wish I had been braver and realised that change is inevitable – in nature, in people, in everything.
Even though it’s a massive cliche, trust your gut feeling. Treat your career, to some extent, like a relationship – you know the one that didn’t work out? the one where your gut was telling you to move on? the one where you wished it had ended sooner?! If your gut is niggling at you that something isn’t right in your career path, or simply that you want to achieve your dream – listen up!
Here are my top 3 tips for moving on and how to pluck the courage to do so:
- If you are feeling a little worthless or unappreciated in your current position, then feel confident that you are worth more than how you feel. When you take hold of your own self worth, you will confidently make the right decision to leave.The most important way to feel confident about quitting your job is to focus on the fact that you’re meant for something greater. Remember to chase your dream and never let it go…I’ve worked for over 13 years to finally get to where I want to be. Never give up, because if you truly want it, it will happen.
- A clear sign to feel confident about quitting your job is if there seems to be no room for growth in the company. Don’t give up immediately as companies grow and change, but as soon as your career path and objectives don’t meet your expectations, then it’s probably time to move on. I wasn’t actively looking but if you see something you want, never think it is out of your reach – go for it!
- Friendships. This was the main hurdle for me. I formed such a strong bond with my colleagues over the years and was nervous that I would lose them; but you know what? My relationships are stronger than ever now! We speak every day and I see them a few times a week. The only thing holding me back from taking the leap was leaving my girls, but I realised I needed to fulfill my destiny. Friends will always be friends and if the connections you’ve made are strong, you will remain close no matter what and they will fully support you and be with you every step of the way.
No matter what you’ve gone through or what situation you’re currently in, I encourage you to think about how you’re feeling in your job. Make the best decision for you and most importantly, don’t let others around you influence your decision. It’s your life and you’re the one who has to live with the decision at the end of the day.
In my instance, I wasn’t actively looking for a new job. There were a few uncomfortable changes in the role I had, but I was embracing it. However, when I saw one of the key influencers in the beauty industry – Karen Betts – tweet about a job opportunity to work for her, I thought why not go for it? I mean, the position was genuinely my dream job. When I submitted my CV and gained the 1st interview, I wasn’t expecting to get the job but wanted to open that door of opportunity ‘just in case’ as otherwise I knew I would stick in the existing role for some time.
I’ll never forget the day I got the phone call offering me the position. I couldn’t believe it! My confidence instantly hit the roof and I felt this was the start of something I had been working towards for years and years. Within hours, I wrote my resignation letter and agreed my start date. In the weeks leading to my new start, I gave me all to the existing role. Stay true to that. Strengthen bonds of both friends and colleagues you want future connections with, and ensure you create detailed handover notes and give as much help to your team as you can before the departure – remember, they’re as nervous as you about the change.
My last day was emotional, but I knew it was the right move. Everyone made me feel so special and respected; I mean look at this lovely leaving poem!!
Life could not be better for me right now. Whilst my new role is stretching somewhat in terms of learning about the brands and objective in the early weeks, it offers such growth and a chance for me to really put my stamp on things and make positive changes both online and offline in terms of marketing many top beauty brands. I am so grateful for the opportunity and proud of myself for taking the leap. If you’re nervous about making a move, my key piece of advice is simply don’t be! Take a deep breath, listen to your gut and go for it!
You can achieve whatever you want in life x