If you don't like where you are, move, you are not a tree WEDNESDAY, 10 JANUARY 2018
How easy is it to completely change your whole career, your plan, everything you worked so hard for, to do something completely different?
I don’t think there is a simple answer, but here’s how I did it.
When I was fifteen, I got a job working in a hotel, fell in love with the service industry and decided to go to college to study Hospitality Management. Eight years later I went on to manage a very busy, fast-paced pub. I was where I wanted to be.
I was earning ok money, I made lots of friends over the years, I had a great insight into the food and drink industry and I was working hard.
I was working long hours, very long hours. Covering shifts when people were unwell, dealing with issues that constantly arose, liaising with staff, customers, suppliers … chefs! On my days off I was exhausted from working sixteen hour days, and even then, I’d get phone calls, emails and text messages, always work-related. I’d be curled up in my flat trying to ‘relax’, but I’d be thinking about the following week's rota, and before I knew it, the day has gone, and all I’ve done is worked.
After eight years, of missing important family events, nights out with friends and working every Christmas and New Year’s Eve in my adult life, I thought there must be more to life than this? I know I studied for this and I should stick it out longer, but when your sixteen and forced to choose an education, a topic, a career – it doesn’t have to be final. You can start again at 23, I did!
I wanted a job where I could earn good money, have better structure and get my life back. I started to brainstorm what I else I could do. I haven’t been to university, I didn’t get A Levels, my qualification could ‘somewhat’ be transferred into other roles. A car salesperson, a prison officer or the police?
And then I found CV Screen. Recruitment? I didn’t know much about it.
Working in an office? Sitting at a desk all day?
Weekends off? Evenings off? Christmas off?!
My interview was fun, it was interesting, I learnt a lot. I felt very reassured to even be considered for the role as a Recruiter with absolutely no experience. I came away feeling confident that I could do the role. I liked the feeling that I’d be helping candidates get a new job, making a change to their life, just like what I needed.
A few days went by and I applied for lots more jobs, feeling confident that my years of experience in customer service could be transferred into other roles. When Matt called me and offered me a second interview I was beginning to picture my life, working Monday to Friday, my Mums face when I would tell her I’d be there on Christmas day!
I felt so lucky to get offered the role, I handed my notice in at the pub and started 4 weeks later. It really was the best decision I made, and I wouldn’t go back. I really enjoy the job; the people are lovely, and I have my life back! I can plan weekends to go and visit my family in the Midlands, see friends and organise trips. I eat at normal times (that doesn’t happen in Hospitality) and I sleep at normal times, I feel healthier and happier than ever.
Making the jump to a different career can be very scary, but if you’re not happy then go for it, what have you got to lose? If you don’t like where you are, move, you are not a tree.
About the Author
Kate Lomax is the Digital Recruiter for CV Screen, recruiting for Digital Agencies across the UK.
If you are looking for your next Digital role, or have a vacancy you require assistance with please get in touch with Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on CV Screen please visit https://www.cvscreen.co.uk/Digital-Agency-Recruitment.html