Have you ever wondered what its like to up and leave your job? Maybe you’re feeling unmotivated or lost. Well that’s ok. A lot of people feel like that in their job, and I did too.
I made the decision to leave my job as Marketing Assistant in December. I didn’t have a job to go straight in to, but I knew it was time for me to leave.
Some said I was either very brave or very stupid.
I’d been in my job for over a year, and something told me to hand in my notice and go after what I wanted. I wanted to work in Digital Marketing. To expand my knowledge. I’ve always been aspirational and wanted to succeed in my career. The truth is, I knew this role wasn’t going to give me what I wanted.
And so, I handed in my notice after much consideration, it was a relief that I was leaving, but I was also uneasy that I had no certain professional future.
Four months later, after countless interviews, and a lot of stress, I was still be searching for my dream role. Well, by now, I was open to any role.
I’d had luck in interviews. The interviewers had shown a keen interest and yet, here I still was scanning CV Library and Totaljobs day in and day out. In fact, in one organisation I had five interviews. Yes five. For five different roles.
They still didn’t want me.
It felt in near the end of the four months that I’d made a bad decision. But here I am writing this, in my dream job, and happy.
Whilst I was searching for a job, I fell into some freelance work which motivated me to keep going. I knew I was good at creating social media content and blogs for businesses.
In the back of my mind had always been the thought “If nobody will employ me, I’ll employ myself”.
And, after some googling about setting up my own marketing business I had a sponsored ad from the https://welshice.org/5-9-club.
The advert was for people wanting to start their own business but having no idea where to start. I wanted to expand my knowledge and ended up attending the fantastic course.
Each week, over a period of 12 weeks, I attended. There was a different topic, with an industry expert. This kept my motivation high – meeting new people and doing what I love to do which is learn.
I’ve always been interested in having my own business. And my plan was to keep going and at the end of it come away with my own business idea and a path to follow at least.
And although that didn’t go exactly to plan, I would highly recommend anybody who has ever thought about starting their own business to investigate the next cohort of the 5-9 club.
The support and personal growth of the course spurred me on.
I was out of my comfort zone albeit discovering things about myself that made me hopeful for the future.
However, whilst attending the course I was still applying for jobs. Some marketing roles, and some other roles like administration and office work.
And then I came Adventure Digital’s advert which sounded perfect. Exactly what I was looking for.
And so, I applied, albeit I had the apprehension after all this time that I wasn’t good enough, and it wouldn’t happen.
I’m glad I applied.
I was invited for an interview, and after about half an hour, Jon offered me the position on the spot!
Yes. On the spot.
I went with the lowest of expectations, and perhaps this helped.
I had put so much pressure on myself to do the best I could in every other interview and ended up nervous. But this time was different. I was relaxed. I talked about what I knew. And it felt natural.
To my surprise he liked me and saw my passion and drive for Marketing.
It only takes one person to believe in you for the tables to turn. But you also must believe in yourself.
So, what can you learn from this?
Okay, please do not up and leave your job just yet if you’re feeling unhappy in your current job.
But what you should know that you don’t have to feel this way forever.
My key takeaways from my experience are:
– Keep learning. Even if that means reading books or looking for free resources online, you show a potential employer your willingness to learn and passion for the subject, whilst keeping yourself motivated.
– If you want to change your job, start searching and applying for jobs in advance. You will find what you are looking for, it just takes time. Some applications tend not to close for around a month and it can feel like a never-ending wait. Then they invite you for an interview and you may not hear back for a few weeks (or like me never in some cases).
– Don’t feel disheartened when you don’t get hired. When I found it hard to pull myself together after not hearing from an interview that went well, I wish I knew that it does work out in the end. I attended interviews at places I didn’t even really want to work but still felt disappointed, but I know now that it was the best thing that could have happened to me in my situation.
If you are thinking about starting your own business, there are so many fantastic free resources available to you. I had great advice and support from the 5-9 club and Welsh Ice, so please contact them. Even when I decided to take my amazing job offer, they spurred me on after making the tough decision of postponing my idea, and for that I can’t thank them enough. Plus, whilst learning, you network and make friends that last (we still have a WhatsApp group!).
Sure, revise for the interview. Look into the company, know how you could make a great addition to the team. But please don’t put such immense pressure on yourself. Interviews can take such strange turns – I was once asked what sport scar I would be, so I said “A bright orange Lamborghini” … I mean what sort of question is this? I don’t even like cars. And, you couldn’t possibly revise the perfect answer for this.