Despite the unsteady job market, there are a variety of reasons why people decide they want to take the plunge into a career change. For me, the decision was simple – I was barreling down an unsustainable path with a burning desire to explore other opportunities.
Many colleagues, friends, and family members were shocked to learn that I had suddenly quit my job. I had dedicated years to reaching a certain level within the company and my career. For many, the thought of leaving a decently paying job was difficult to understand.
While my decision seemed impulsive and abrupt, the truth is that I had been planning to make a change for quite some time. Over the past year and a half, I significantly reduced my monthly expenses and saved up a healthy emergency fund. I wanted to feel financially secure if I needed to take some time off or a future pay cut.
I may not have had a solid plan when I gave my two weeks notice, however, I had several leads. And I had faith that unemployment wouldn't last long.
Two weeks ago, I started a part-time gig with an incredible company. I'm still working in the entertainment business, but focusing my energy on digital marketing and technology. I'm absolutely stoked about the company culture, emphasis on constant learning, and work-life balance.
My original plan was to accept a part-time position and focus the other half of my time on freelance projects, however, I'm quickly realizing the tremendous and unique opportunities that have been presented to me at this new company. I've made the decision to focus solely on moving forward with them.
My short-term goal is to get hired full time. And I'm confident that I can achieve this by the end of 2014.
Is it risky? Absolutely.
It's incredibly tempting to pick up some side work to supplement my part-time income, but I'm afraid of expelling energy on any activities that won't be beneficial long-term.
I plan to continue focusing on health and wellness while I work towards achieving this goal. I've just successfully completed my third week of Pact (five workouts a week) and I'm feeling fantastic. I have no doubt that realigning my priorities like this will result in better job performance and overall happiness.
Last time I took a step back professionally, it paid off in a big way. I'm betting the farm on this opportunity and look forward to sharing my progress in the coming months.
For those on the brink of making major life changes, I encourage you to listen carefully to yourself and attempt to filter out the noise. Take a step back and contemplate what feels right. You know what's best for you, so be honest and don't be afraid.
Readers: Have you ever made a career pivot? How has that change affected your professional life?