I remember when I first got the job offer. It was a dream come true. Most of my former colleagues were happy about my new appointment. Accounts in the logistics industry were boring from all perspectives. Phew!! The long hours of sitting and trying to make sense of the figures displayed on my desktop were finally over. The feeling of turning a new page in my life was like being born again. The expectations were humongous and my mind was set to do everything and anything to make my new place of work a success.
Career Change: I wasn’t enjoying my work
Career change is a nightmare in itself. Comfort zones are always comforting, and they say better the devil you know than an angel you don’t know. All these lines crossed my mind from time to time and literally speaking, kept me ‘hanging in there’. Inside, I was deeply unfulfilled. I wasn’t enjoying my work, I felt like I wasn’t using my full potential, and I longed to wake up feeling like my work was making a difference – to someone or something.
It takes years if not decades for some of us to realize that we are doing what we don’t love. We find out rather too late that we are doing/performing duties that are the least of our passions. What keeps us going through is the pay that we get at the end of every month. Once we have spent all the money before mid-month, we start lamenting of how boring the job is and how unfulfilling it is.
We are our biggest obstacles to success
We often have no idea of where or how to start the career change. It is a process that we are very scared of even thinking about. Several questions often pop up when we think of this long and often absurd process… how will I survive the pay cut? What will my family and friends think of me? How long will it take me to master the new job? And the list of questions is often endless.
The fear in women is even more, due to the fact that our responsibilities in the society are high. We’d rather suffer than see those we love to suffer. At the end of it all, we have to remember that we are also important and that our happiness counts. We are our biggest obstacles to success. Always remember to move on and let it be.
Written by Caroline Muli