Source | LinkedIn | Kevin Sinnott – Managing Director at Sonder Consultants
I remember when I first left my job and the rollercoaster of emotions I felt before making that decision. On the one hand, I was pumped with the belief that I was doing the right thing and finally heading in the right direction in my life. On the other hand, there was this lingering element of self-doubt that taunted me as I broke the news to my partner, family, friends and colleagues. As a person who always attacks the day with positivity, I seemed happy – I was. So why was I leaving? Why was I making this big career change?
Millions of thoughts ran through my mind. More money? Better role? Career progression? But I am happy, right? One thing I’ve learned since then is that change, no matter how big or small, will always be surrounded by some form of doubt. Warning – do not listen to them.
The day I left the comfort of my old job is that day I decided to jump. I realised that I had lost that feeling you get when you walk through the glass doors of your building, not knowing how the day will unfold – the excitement and passion that I had when I first started. And I missed it. Dearly. While it’s now hard to articulate that feeling, I knew that I needed that sense of excitement in my life again.
Have you ever asked yourself the question “what is your dream job?” I have, and it is safe to say that the job specification is so broad that a person containing half the DNA of Neil Armstrong and half the DNA of Sir Richard Branson would find it difficult to keep up with.
For that reason, I would never ask that question to someone looking for their next career opportunity. Instead, I would ask “what do you look for in a company?” Personally, I have never been one to take orders well. Rather, I like to be at the forefront of everything. I believe the most important factor for an employee to truly love their job is for them to value their company, to feel a sense of pride representing their company outside of the office. To value the ethos and brand that their company projects. Working every day and not necessarily loving every minute of the work is fine, so long as you believe in the company you work for and the people you work with.
As Steve Jobs once cleverly advised, “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice….have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
Follow your instinct! I can’t tell you the amount of times people have asked me for advice when deep down they already know the answer. Essentially, all they are looking for is reassurance. Be brave, and follow your instinct – it’s yours for a reason and everyone’s journey is different.