I’m not the most adventurous girl. I don’t have any ambition to go backpacking by myself through South America, or to go shark diving in Australia. The truth is, deep waters scare the shit out of me, and I don’t even like camping. What I’m trying to say is that, I like to play it safe. I don’t live life on the edge.
So when I decided that the career I was in wasn’t making me happy, I was terrified. I knew I had to change something. But what?
To give a bit of context, I was working as a tax consultant for the English branch of a fast-growing American company. I had a good position, loved my colleagues and was making good (more than good) money for someone my age. I was climbing the professional ladder at a faster pace than I was prepared for.
Time for a switch!
One evening, while I was having dinner with my boyfriend, he said to me: “This past year, not once have you come home and been happy about your day.” And that stuck with me. For days. For weeks. Months. It was time for something new.
I updated my cv and unleashed it into the world. I applied for a few jobs that seemed interesting. And not two days later, I was called up for an interview. After that, everything went into hyperspeed. I interviewed at a small recruitment consultancy firm. It didn’t take a lot of convincing for me. I loved everything, from the small start-up vibe to the people that worked there. And most importantly, it was something completely different. The idea of working with people instead of numbers all day, seemed almost too good to be true.
The number one thing I discovered was that everyone has an opinion on recruitment.
I appreciate people’s opinions, but just because something didn’t work out for your sister’s boyfriend’s neighbour, doesn’t mean it won’t work out for me.
I hope I made the right choice. I hope I end up loving my job and being bloody good at it. Only time will tell. Maybe I made a horrible decision. Maybe I’ll end up regretting everything I left behind. I don’t know. Right now, I’m only sure of one thing: I’d rather regret not taking this opportunity, than playing it safe with my old job.
In any case, I’m feeling confident and excited. I’ll keep track of the journey on this blog, in case it helps anyone else. I start on Monday!