Hello my name is Fran and I am about to change careers. Yes, you heard me right..me with all my graduate degrees is about to give up
the career of ten years to pursue bigger and better career opportunities. I’m not leaving because of a conflict with my boss or co-workers but simply because I’m not happy. I get into my car every morning and dread going to work. On Sundays my stomach hurts with anticipation of having to walk into my building…I am DONE with working in public education ( in the school capacity).
Back in January I decided I was ready for a career change and people literally looked at me like I was crazy. I heard all types of reasons on why I should stay at my job (pay, vacation time, current state of the economy) but I don’t care.. I need change. You see “what I won’t do” is live someone else’s life. I need fulfillment–forget people’s opinions. Every couple of years, I start to get an “itch” and I have to change up things in my life. At times it has involved me moving to a new state while other times all I need is a mini vacation. Well this time I need a whole career change.
Instead of going back into public education, I think I want to focus more on Corporate Training and lucky for me Atlanta seems to be the swarming for employers looking for trainers. So excitedly I revamped my resume, researched salary information, networked and then applied for jobs available. At first NO ONE bit the bite.. then all of a sudden people started calling me for interviews. I can’t lie I was nervous. How could I sell myself? I quickly got over all of that self doubt and just did what I do best– talked. In the end, the interview went well so I’m still waiting to hear something back from the company. Even if I don’t get “this” job I was grateful to “brush up” on my interviewing skills.
So my plan is to be strategic and I have been working my plan but at times I get scared. What if I have to go back to current job for financial issues? What if I hate my new job? What if no one will hire me because I’ve been in my current field to long? What if I have to go BACK to school? ((SCREAMS)) When these moments come I try not to eat a whole case of Ice Cream and instead try to think of the positives: I am an excellent trainer. I have great communication skills. I love a new challenge. I learn quickly. I have my Master’s Degree and am working on my Doctorate degree. I am a ROCK STAR.
In the end, “this to shall pass” but while I wait I am still nervous, anxious and scared. I have faith that my God will protect me and allow me to live MY dream not what others dream for me. I am setting my OWN path and despite what everyone else thinks I know what’s good for me… So stay tuned and say a little prayer for me!