I’ve been thinking about my recent decision to make a move in my career.
Everything happened so quickly. I had just about made a mental note that “it was my time” for a change, but within days of making that decision I already had another prospect in the pipeline.
It was so funny when I told my Dad that I had resigned from my job, he was quite shocked and our conversation went something like this:
DAD: Are you sure you making the right decision?
ME: Yes, it’s my time…
DAD: Are your colleagues not upset with you?
ME: Why would they be upset with me? I’ve been there for almost 7 years. That is super long for a millennial!
DAD: LOL! I’ve been with my Employer for 37 years and they would be very mad at me if I were to resign
ME: LOL! Not really hey, I have no doubt you will be missed should you leave one day, but each and every one is replaceable.
DAD: Oh ok…. (meaning: Whatever, Miss Know It All)
His response stuck with me, and as I worked through my notice period I’ve had quite a few interesting conversations with my now-ex-colleagues. In fact, I’ve spoken to people whom I haven’t really had a real conversation with in my “short” almost 7-year stint.
I think that when word got out of my resignation, it struck a chord with many, as I’ve been there.. well, for almost 7 years. I was also quite surprised that most people found me to seem VERY happy in my job and that they thought I was seemingly very good at it… mmm, this was very fascinating. I also think that my resignation triggered others who have started around about the same time as me or before, to take stock of where their careers were going.
I didn’t have any answers or advice for any of them and I still don’t. All I know is that I felt it was my time to make a move… I felt it for a little while before that, but it was just the right time.
Statistically, 60% of Millenials are open to a new job opportunity and we are the most comfortable generation to move jobs quite easily, some do it every 12-24 months! So, almost-7-years is pretty long Dad!
I honestly don’t think that it’s a good idea to move too much, that way you don’t learn enough about yourself and your skills. Too much movement also doesn’t give you an opportunity to make your mark and add real value and show your worth. On the contrary, in this day and age it completely unrealistic to think “Oh, this is what I do, and I’m going to keep doing it for the next 20 years.” – my opinion. Companys restructure, technology replaces and innovations happen.
I think it’s about finding that balance and stability & to also be agile in your career decisions.
In a working environment, I’m somebody who says yes to everything – but I also have a family, and that comes first to me. In the evenings and weekends, I also do some freelance work so this balance is sometimes hard for me. I have to look at which tasks to scrap or which to say yes to. I have to be selective about my time and what I sign up for, so I only choose things which will help me move forward.
I think that confidence also plays a big part in making the decision to make a career move and of course having to go through the job-hunting journey of interviews and tests! It can certainly be overwhelming – especially if you haven’t been for one in many years. Strangely, I was quite calm during my interview process. I thought I’d be more nervous but I knew what I wanted and just went in as myself and relaxed throughout. I think the thought of it was more overwhelming than anything else. Also, the wait of actually getting that job offer in writing can be most nerve-wracking!
So now what?
So now I’ve got the job and everything is new to me… but it’s way too early to say much. So many new acronyms and business processes to figure out, but I’m just taking it day by day. So far, so good!
I’m still pondering on my Dads sentiment …. Where do 37 years of loyalty get you? What makes him so loyal that us Millenials just don’t get?