Last month I left my marketing position at a real estate firm and I had to do something I’ve never done before: write a letter of resignation.
I contemplated over my decision for a few weeks because it quickly dawned on me that real estate is not for me. Although real estate is a hot industry in Vancouver, I didn’t find anything particularly stimulating or fun. As all the brokers around me bustled around over phone calls and meetings with sparks in their eyes, I sat there dully doing my work, wondering why I didn’t find anything exciting.
This was a first for me, but I’m sure many of you have had this feeling when you work in a field or a position that just doesn’t fit you.
One of my life goals – which I believe is very achievable – is to wake up and enjoy going to work every morning. If you know what you like to do or at the very least, where you want to be in life, this is highly feasible.
For a classic office job, we spend on average 8 hours a day at work. Factor that into an average lifespan, and we basically spend 30% of our entire life just working – that’s 25 to 30 years! We spend so much time at work so it is vital to enjoy it.
I consider myself as someone who is ambitious and career-driven, but I won’t throw my life away for the corporate dream. Compensation is important, but I always choose work-life balance over salary. I don’t want to be the person who earns more than enough money but doesn’t have the time to enjoy it. I still want to climb the corporate ladder and become a manager or a director one day, but more than that, I want to be there in life’s important moments for my family and friends.
I will be returning to my old company in March as the new Digital Marketing Specialist, a role that I am very excited to be in as it widens my horizons from social media to include many other digital arenas. The most reassuring thing is that because I have worked there before, I can confidently say the corporate culture and the team are a great fit for me.
For all of you who are stuck in jobs you are unhappy with, I advise you to seriously re-consider staying. I know different situations can make this decision difficult, especially if you have dependent family members or financial obligations, but a different job can catapult your professional development, reignite a passion, and give you more opportunities to be happy on a day-to-day basis (and can even make you more financially stable). As a general rule, I believe that every person has a wonderful set of ideas and skills, and unfortunately this tool belt can get rusty if you choose to neglect it. If you’ve already identified that you do not enjoy your work, then you are already walking a step towards a new direction – one that is more truly aligned with your personal value.
Keep walking and one day you’ll like where you are.
Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
― J.M. Barrie