Thinking of changing your career? I have been there. Not once. But twice. I had a well-paying, renowned job with great potential to climb up that career ladder. From the outside I was successful and knew what I wanted. From the inside, I felt unfulfilled, unhappy and wasting my time.
The first time, I made the decision of quitting my job and following my passion. And I failed. The second time I was made redundant – a blessing in disguise because I didn’t have the courage to quit that job as I was afraid, I was making a mistake. Isn’t that what I am supposed to do – to pursue a successful career? A lot of doubts about me fitting into the “system” arose. How can everyone just be so happy about their jobs and why not me? Am I asking too much from my professional life? Does it have to be something I have to do rather than I want to do?
And here I was, 30 years old sitting unemployed in the Botanical Garden in Melbourne, Australia trying to figure out what the heck I want to do with my life. 35 years of working life ahead of me.
I decided to move to Malaga, Spain. I didn’t speak a word of Spanish neither have I been to Malaga nor did I know anyone. My mission? Trying to figure out what I wanted!
I had a lot of time to reflect. Why don’t I know what I want? I am 30 years old and have made a lot of decisions in my life. Then, I realized, what mistakes I made. I asked myself the wrong questions. I also had certain imaginations of my professional persona which didn’t reflect the reality. Plus, I let societal expectations impact my decisions. All these and many more “aha” effects, I came to understand. Slowly but surely, my world made sense again – who I am, what I want, why I want it and how I go for it.
I know how incredibly difficult this process is asking oneself such heavy questions. But once you figure it out, you feel free, positive, energetic and with purpose!
And now I am lucky to help others in this process. I have been there and completely understand what one goes through but I also can help because I have since then been able to pursue my full professional potential. How awesome would it be if everyone loves Monday?