Recently I have done something completely HUGE, and quite frankly a little bit terrifying. I decided that maybe marketing wasn’t quite the right career for me and decided to make a change to pretty much my entire life (dramatic I know).

After getting my degree in Journalism and Broadcasting I immediately started working in marketing. I got to write loads of articles, learn new things, the people were pretty cool and, yeah, I enjoyed having my first ‘grown up’ wage. Β It’s been almost 4 years since that fateful day when I nervously walked into the office with sweaty palms and furtive glances hoping that people would be nice, and even though they were (and I’ve worked in many other offices too) I’ve learnt that for me there isn’t really a spark and I was just going through the motions. The moment I finally admitted it to myself was kind of hard; I was disappointed in myself – why didn’t I like marketing? If I’m not going to be a marketeer what the hell am I going to do?

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So I started to think about what I enjoy doing outside of work; I’m crafty and I enjoy sewing, but I don’t want to be a designer of some sort, I enjoy going out to eat and socialising with people but if that was a job I think everyone would want it, and I like helping people. Whether it’s getting their bag down some stairs, helping reach top shelf groceries or just stopping for a chat at the bus stop. It was a few months (and after a rather severe bout of depression) that I realised I needed to work in an area that positively affected the lives of other people.

I decided to become a support worker, but how do you become a support worker with no care skills? I applied to a few places and got rejected, I was even told that I wasn’t aware how much commitment and dedication went into a care job and that the hours would be unsocial. I pulled on the experience from my personal life and started looking for volunteer roles, but even then things were looking bleak – maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

Then finally when I was ready to just give up I got a call offering me an interview. Someone had seen something in an application and was willing to give me a chance to prove myself and I wasn’t about to waste it. The interview was hard. Lots of scenario questions and legislation, something that I had rarely had to deal with in my previous career.

Incredibly, I got the position and I am now training to be a support worker to those with dementia, mental health difficulties and learning difficulties, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s helped improve my mental health and my sense of well being and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Have you changed your career? If so I’d love to know how it went.

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10 thoughts on “It’s Scary Changing Your Career

  1. I haven’t changed my career, but I haven’t really started yet either! I have a degree in Production of TV & Live Events and just getting an interview for a position is such a big deal for me right now! Need experience to get experience eh?!

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    http://www.melberryy.com

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    1. I remember it fondly – not! Do you work at the moment? It might be worth getting some volunteer experience that can fit around work and just keep sending CVs. I worked with a local news website that had been set up by a few residents because news of that town wasn’t really covered by local stations unless it was something big. Everyone loves a trier. You’ll get there eventually.

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      1. I have no idea at the moment, I’ve thought about retraining into the finance world but any sort of apprenticeship or starting from scratch will be over a 50% pay reduction. We’ll see.

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      2. Yes money is a big factor. It has worked out well for us as my husband has had a substantial pay rise which has made things a bit easier. Still it’s a big adjustment.

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  2. Congratulations on deciding where to take your career! It’s something I think about often as I work in fashion buying and am very creative so love it but feel the need to help people which this job doesn’t really do and can often leave me feeling empty.

    I’ve started volunteering for the charity contact the elderly in hope that this will make me feel like I’m really contributing to the world and helping people. Once a month you pick up an elderly person and drive them to a tea party where they interact with other elderly people and then you take them home again. I start in 2 weeks and am very excited!

    I only found your blog yesterday through time to change, I struggle with anxiety so found reading your blog very interesting and read most of it last night, thanks for writing it, keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi Ruth,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear your struggles but hope reading my experiences have helped a little.
      I think volunteering sounds like a great thing. That way you can have the best of both worlds! Please keep me updated on how it goes x

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