It’s been a while since I’ve given you an update on my life, so I’m here to fill you in on something BIG that happened this week.
I started a new job!
I hinted that I was moderately frustrated with my previous job in March. I just wasn’t feeling inspired or fulfilled by my job. Part of that had to do with managerial changes that were taking place and once the changes took effect, I lost any sort of mentorship at work and felt very stuck. Each day felt the same and I wasn’t making any progress
I went through a long interview process for a great job and just when I thought I might get a job offer, the company placed a freeze on the hiring process. This happens from time to time so while I wasn’t surprised, I was terribly disappointed. I was really feeling suffocated by my job.
Eventually, a job offer did come through and it was the news I had been waiting for. Resigning from my previous job was hard. I found that while I was ready to move on, I was also a little afraid.
Change can be scary and I was comfortable; unhappy, but comfortable.
Comfortable is fine feeling for some things: a pillow, your desk chair, even your couch, but it shouldn’t really apply to the BIG things. Big things should be more than comfortable. They should be comfortable AND fulfilling, exciting, challenging etc. There is nothing wrong with comfort until it is the only thing keeping you where you are.
The fear that comes with change is normal. If told me you were making a big change in your life and that you weren’t the least bit afraid, I probably wouldn’t believe you. Fear of the unknown is expected. I actually think it’s a great thing because it forces you express and articulate the fears you have, for example:
- What if I regret this career change/decision?
- What if I don’t do well in my new role?
- What if they end up hating me and fire me?
Once you get those fear based questions out, ask yourself:
- How excited do you feel when you think about starting your new job?
- Do you feel motivated to learn a new skill?
- How will this career move play a role in your future success?
I went through these questions myself and I found that answering the questions, even if it was just for me, made my scary career move a lot more exciting.
Ultimately, if you get a job offer, it’s because the company interviewed you, invested time in getting to know you, and decided to proceed with offering you a job. They saw something in you that you might not be able to see because fear is clouding your judgement.
Today is my second day at my new job and so far I am thrilled with my choice. I have a few months of intense training ahead, but I’m actually looking forward to it. I know it’s super early to predict what the future holds, but I am feeling challenged again and I think that a good challenge can inspire the best work.
Your turn: have you made a career move? What did you feel before you made your decision?