Thinking of changing careers? Maybe you want to leave the 9-5 lifestyle? Having quit on impulse one too many times, I learned a thing or two before making a career change. Before taking the leap, consider the following lessons I learned along my journey to career fulfillment.
Mindset: You have the upper hand.
On average, the costs to replace an employee are: 20% of annual salary for mid-range positions (earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year). For example, the cost to replace a $40k manager would be $8,000.
With this in mind, a smart employer is going to want to do their best to work with a valuable employee. If it’s more work schedule flexibility, a raise, or extended time off, start a conversation with a trustworthy manager.
Too many people tend to walk in with their mind made up that the only option is to leave a company. Rather than asking for what they want, they start the job search process...which is a full-time job in an of itself.
So why not save yourself the time and energy first. Sure, it could get confrontational or awkward but it can save you a lot of time and energy in the long run!
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What are the “hidden” skill sets I’m gaining?
Take a step back to see if there are important skill sets you are acquiring while on the job. It might not always be straight forward or spelled out in the job description.
Hidden skill sets gained on the job are priceless. Whether it’s learning how to stand up for yourself or think strategically, these skill sets are especially valuable outside the work setting.
Passive aggressive coworker?
Working next to a passive aggressive coworker may be an opportunity to improve your communication skills. It may also teach you valuable lessons on how to set energetic boundaries with others.
High stress environment?
Working in a stressful fast-paced office environment may be helping you develop your instinctive skills. It may also be an opportunity for you to learn how to channel anxious feelings to create positive fuel instead.
Working with a bad boss might be teaching you patience and how to stand up for yourself. Here are some ways to handle working in a hostile work environment.
But what if there is no more lessons to be learned?
Ok so you’re sayin’ enough is enough. It’s time to get the heck out of dodge city. Well, when you know, you just know.
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Then here are next steps to consider...
I quit my job on impulse one too many times without a safety net in place.
Each time I took the leap, I got better at making sure my finances were squared away first. The worst feeling is going back to the employer to ask for the job back.
Been there and it was not fun. Trust.
When I finally realized the 9-5 lifestyle just was not for me, I started working towards financial freedom like a boss. I learned a lot of tough lesson the hard way and am here to share my roller coaster journey with you!
Get your financial ducks in a row ASAP.
Even as a business major in college, one would think I’d be better with my personal finances. I figured, all I had to do was make more than I spend. Right? Wrong.
It wasn’t until I realized how much I craved freedom from a cubicle that I started waking up to my beliefs and habits around money. And when I really couldn’t stand my job, I knew I needed to have a financial freedom plan.
What is F-You Money?
In light of the #MeToo movement, F-You money is especially crucial. If you are going into a hostile workplace each day, it’s time to say F-You to that.
F-You money is a 6-12 month emergency savings fund. An emergency fund can also provide peace of mind in case of a layoff or unexpected medical expense.
Over the years of working in a male dominated “old boys club” environment, I’ve leveraged my emergency fund as F-You money. Having resigned from my job without a plan, it has taken the pressure off of having to find another job immediately.
Get FIRE’ed up!
I reached FIRE (financial independence retire early) at 35. Like the stock market, my journey to FIRE was volatile emotional roller coaster ride.
For most of my professional life, I worked in the public sector. Before to leaving that career field, I went to get a past life regression reading.
First, what is a past life regression reading? In a past life regression healing session, the medium channels messages from the souls of your previous lives.
A while back, I went to get a reading from a psychic medium Bonita Woods. She owned a local wellness center in my area.
At the time, I felt stuck in my corporate job and couldn’t see a way out. This was at least a year or 2 before I started getting my finances in order and before starting on my journey to FIRE.
In a nutshell, during the hour and a half reading, two of my past lives and my Higher Self came through. I didn’t get answers on what I should do but I gained a lot of clarity from their insights.
My soul path and career path was so out of alignment.
By focusing on healing, more opportunities would surface. One of the main points was that I would better be able to see opportunities when in the frequency of joy.
Another point was that there were transferable skills that I had but was overlooking during my job search. I didn’t necessarily have to stick to the same industry or even a 9-5 if I didn’t want to.
Specifically, I would benefit from using my personal finance knowledge, writing skills and entrepreneurial upbringing.
So if you’re looking to change careers or leave corporate, it’s easy to overlook transferable skill sets when you’ve been stuck in a particular role or industry for a while.
One week after my reading, I resigned from my eight year career in the public sector.
Although I did not have an interview on the horizon, I felt such an overwhelming sense of relief.
I was taking inspired action to move forward in my life and that was going to help me springboard to the next chapter.
Sure it would have been ideal, and maybe less pressure, to remain at least a few months longer until I lined up a few interviews. But I knew deep down I was going to be ok.
I used the months of unemployment to travel, spend time in nature, practice yoga, blog, and attend holistic wellness workshops. It was a bit like Elizabeth Gilbert (or Julia Roberts) on an Eat, Pray, Love journey.
I was so stuck with tunnel vision when I was sitting in a cubicle all day. Once I took the time off to heal my soul, sure enough, I found myself faced with abundant opportunities that I could not even have imagined.
About a year later, I began Not A Bond Girl to help others who feel stuck in their 9-5. If you’re thinking of a career change or leaving the 9-5 lifestyle for good, be sure to get your financial ducks in a row.