Post # 1
Ok Bees…I may or may not be going through the dreaded Quarter Life Crisis.
I have been thinking a lot lately about my career. I really, really am not fulfilled, and I’m very scared that if I don’t get my rear in gear, I’m going to be stuck doing this forever. I recently started a new position within my agency and I am just…very unfulfilled and I have ZERO passion for what I am doing. And for me, passion means more than money. I’m just so scared b/c of how bad the economy is right now and I am afraid of making a big mistake that will completely ruin my life. I need something to jolt me into action. Soo…
Have any of you ever taken a career risk, such as quitting a steady job to pursue a dream, going part time so you can go back to school even if you risked health benefits, etc? (I know those are not the best ‘risk’ examples, but it’s all I can come up with, and for me these are ‘risky’, haha). If so, what did you do, and how did it work out in the end?
Post # 3
I didn’t take a risk until I absolutely had to (I was laid off at 23). I’m a lot happier now, but if I would have quit my job when I first started hating it, I would’ve been absolutely broke.
Honestly, I looked for jobs from December to March before I found one. That’s not a ton of time, but if you’re not eligible for unemployment, the savings goes quickly.
I wouldn’t do anything rash like immediately quitting your job, but I would start looking for jobs. It only takes about a weekend to prep your resume and apply for a ton of jobs online that you’re qualified for. Once you do that first major push, it’s just a matter of signing up for job updates and applying to them as they come.
Post # 4
My partner quit a high level position after ten years to embark on a career change. He spent almost a year out of work doing some consulting, travel, and other things to change directions. He is pretty settled and happy now but when asked if he would do it again he says no, that he would have tried to work part time for his former organization while making the change. He had just become so burned out that it became “all or nothing” thinking for him. While he landed on his feet and he did need to make the change, he burned through most of his savings and has had to explain his cv gap in a way that does not make him look fickle/risky. Think very carefully about how you will do this and if you have the financial cushion. Also know that unfortunately, what you may view as a career risk/change can be viewed negatively by potential future employers so be prepared for that. I dont think going back to school is as risky as just leaving a position with nothing formal lined up. I wish you a Lot of luck. I do think you have to try within reason, to be happy, or at least, avoid misery 😉
Post # 5
I’m in the same boat. I’m taking the risk – not worth being miserable like this. I won’t quit before I have another job, so really – I don’t have too much to lose. Be confident and keep those high expectations!
Post # 6
yep, I did and it was definitely the right decision! a few years ago I decided to change careers, and in order to afford it I had to remortgage (I lived on my own at the time) and it was seriously a really good thing for me to do. I realised that you can take risks, change jobs/careers, and it will be fine – and if I hadn’t, I would never have met my future hubby!!! go for it, life is short, if you don’t at least try you’ll always wonder ‘what if’…
Post # 7
I did. I quit to work on a farm. The stock marked crashed while I was there. I came back, waited tables for the better part of a year before finding a job that paid the bills. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have found the job I did at the time I did, because I was on the verge of getting really deep in debt. And, no health insurance.
I know it is hard to work somewhere that does not fulfill you–been there!!–but it is really important to prepare yourself for a big change. Save, save, and save some more–work up a “Plan A” then a “Plan B” in case Plan A doesn’t work. Then a Plan C for S&G. That way, when you do make your jump, you have a better chance of success because you can devote all your energy to making it work (vs. scrambling to pay the bills).
ETA: Good luck! Change is good!
Post # 8
I did. Right out of college I worked in corporate event planning. I LOVED it and hated it at the same time. I realized I really liked the design element and implementation but I didn’t like dealing with a lot of the people. I’m very laid back so it was difficult for me to deal with stressed out people on a daily basis.
Eventually I decided to start my own small business. It was a HUGE risk for me personally. Going from a corporate world to a small scale boutique setting was pretty intense and the initial shock of it made me want to run away but its been great so far. I’m in a wonderful city for it and I’m enjoying life so much more 🙂
Post # 9
I wouldn’t take the risk of completely leaving your job for something else until you have something lined up but you can start working on the other career by volunteering, getting some more education, and stalking the application sites like crazy!
Post # 10
Wow, ladies! Thanks!
I am not thinking of just up and quitting without having something else lined up..but I just feel as though it might be time to start fading out of this and into something else. I might try to find part time work and then going to school on the side so that I am not flat broke, but I am not totally a slave to my current schedule, which leaves little room for changing.
I just feel as though life is too short to not enjoy what you are doing. I am not miserable, but just comfortable. I am afraid that I am so comfortable that I will never get that push to do something I might be interested in or want to do. I hate how hard this is!
Post # 11
@soyjoy222: Yes! No reason not to begin your exploring/studying now. And, it will have the bonus side effect of making the days go quicker (or at least having something to look forward to) at your present job.
Post # 12
I left a full time permanent job in the private secotr for a 13 month contract with the govt. I’m currently in month 6, so I can’t tell you how it turned out, but for me, it was a calculated risk to: a) get into the govt and b) get some experience in the field I want to be in.
I’ve been told by other people who were once in my situation, that now that I’m in, they’ll find somehow to keep me. I hope it’s true.