I just recently changed jobs and started a full time position that has the word 'writer' in my job title. I'm thrilled with this new opportunity. I have been out of school for over 11 years, and finally I have landed a job in my 'field'. It was a step in the right direction for my career and for my family.
That being said, I was in for a lot of change.
- Going from part time to full time
- Different hours
- Commuting 10mins longer every day to a new city
- New job responsibilities
- New manager and co-workers
- Figuring out what to wear on casual Fridays
It was a difficult decision to leave my previous jobs, yes, that's plural, I held two part time jobs. I had close friends as co-workers and worked in such supportive and creative environments. It was sad to leave. I was nervous to start somewhere new but I knew that I would be okay. Afterall, when I set my mind to something, I've been pretty successful...just look at my running.
Sorry to link this all back to running, but it really is a mental thing and it can effect all parts of your life. I was thinking today, on my extra long commute, that I have really changed some major things in my life over the past few years.
I was always the type of person that compared myself to other people and their accomplishments. Especially when it came to anything athletic, I always thought "I wish I could do that". Now I realize that I can do that...and more.
If you set your mind to something, set goals and have a clear plan to follow through with them, then you should be successful. I kinda think that career goals are just like running goals. You prepare yourself for the race. You learn from your mistakes. You keep improving on the good stuff. You celebrate even the smallest victories.
So although I've been on the job a total of 4 days (Wednesday was a 'snow day' and I worked from home), I think this change has done me good.
Change is scary, but change can be soooo good too. It makes us realize that we are capable of so much more than we ever thought.
Other than your clothes...what have you changed to make yourself a better you?