So I left my job and decided to create a new career
This story is not quite as simple as it sounds.
Like many people, I’d been thinking about making a change for some time. I enjoyed my work as a business leader and marketer (I’ve still got one foot in this camp through my consultancy KR & Co.) but I wanted to do more of the things I’m passionate about, on my own terms.
It took me a long time to make the decision. Too long really. Because I was afraid, attached to the status of my job, and I wasn’t sure exactly what to do next.
These are some of the reasons why many people stay in jobs they’re unhappy in.
Last year’s global Gallup Poll identified that 87% of people are disengaged with their work. 87%! And Seek found that over 43% of Australians expect to make a change in their career in the next 12 months.
There is a growing impetus for change. Partly because work has become more uncertain, but equally, because we want more from our work.
And that’s where I was at. I just wish I’d done it sooner.
In the past we didn’t expect to find meaning in a job. Or happiness. Working life was more predictable. You found a career, often without really knowing why, and you stuck with it.
In our lifetime we’re likely to have multiple jobs, several careers and to spend less time in all of them. We can join the gig economy or choose a portfolio career. If we no longer want to work for someone, we can start our own business. This is the path I’ve chosen. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely been exhilarating.
This is why, so many of us are asking, what comes next?
It’s a question that has the power to stop us in our tracks, shake our confidence or even keep us safe in a job we don’t like.
The good news is you don’t need to have the answer. The key to creating the career that you want is an action first mentality. Typically in life and work we’re taught to think first, act second. But if we really want to create change, I believe we need to act first.
This doesn’t mean quitting your job tomorrow, or walking into your next leadership meeting and doing something reckless. But it does mean committing to a deliberate path of action, experimentation and reflection. It demands a growth mindset and a commitment to self-discovery and learning.
So, let’s work together to reduce the 87% and be our best possible selves at work.