I have worked in a few different industries – quite a few retail shops, a shop fitting company and a business to business mobile phone company, which I have certainly enjoyed all the different experiences and gained knowledge from each one to grow.
Once we moved and the wedding was over last year, travelling to work on the M25 was getting more painful and unbearable. I decided to find somewhere closer to home and look for something that gives me a career, somewhere I can grow in the same company instead of having to move to a completely different company to progress to the next level / improve myself / gain new experiences.
Out of the 3 jobs I had been offered, I went for the one with the most career progression, a corporate company. However, it was not long before I realised that I’m not a career person who suits a corporate company.
When I started looking around again, going to interviews, if it was a large company, I more or less wrote it off straight away. I now knew where I wanted to be and what I wanted – a job I could learn like the back of my hand and if there is progression or opportunities, then great, but if not, it doesn’t matter. I just want in a position where I am happy and at the end of each day, I go home to look after my husband and home – for me, that is more important than a career.
I ended up getting 2 offers on the table, both were so close on picking which would be best! So I decided to go for position which was a brand new position in the company and my “baby” to make it work the best for the company – I could not be happier! This way I have been given challenges of a new role and gained so many experiences already in the 9 months I’ve been there. There is always something different going on and I have certainly dipped my toes into a lot of aspects in the company already. I now have a fork lift truck license and just started a manual bookkeeping evening class.
In June 2017, as I started looking for a new position the first time, I thought I knew what I wanted – a career in a corporate company, but I soon realised otherwise.
This is the problem when you go looking for a new job / position because you don’t know if it is right for you. It’s not until you get there, you can ask yourself – have I made a mistake?