I’ve had a bit of a shock today. At the grand old age of 38, I’ve realised I’ve had not one, not two, but now three careers! I’ve had many jobs within those careers too!
Having followed the traditional root of college and university, and bumming around for a year, I started work in my first chosen career when I was 22. I worked in pubs and bars, moved into contract catering and finally into events management, constantly working with customers and team leading on large and occasionally high profile events. I loved it and got to work in some stunning venues in London in my career.
Then I moved back to Derbyshire and started my second career working in marketing within a multi-channel business. I worked my way up from Marketing Controller to be the Head of Brand and learnt a LOT about brand consistency, customer experiences and expectations and how the whole company has to understand the flow of that customer experience from placing the order through to the feedback once the order was placed. I loved my team and the ethos and culture of this company. When that role ended I took a step back.
I’d worked FOR someone for my entire employed career (and in fact since I was a Saturday girl around age 14 with the same company who took me on as a marketer). I was now 37, a lone parent and in need of a different lifestyle. So I began my 3rd career, a self-employed marketer and entrepreneur.
18 months later I’m still in love with what I do. Sure, it’s hard work and often it can be challenging but I’ve learnt so much about myself and what I’m capable of I wouldn’t change it for the world. My lifestyle is exactly as I want it because I chose to take control of it and work to live rather than the other way around. My son has a mother who is present at all the important milestones, I can run and walk the dog in the daylight and work in the evening if I chose to. I can take the day off if I’m sick (which has been very helpful recently!) and if I need more money, I work more!
Within the first quarter of this coming year I will be moving into the next stage of my third career and building my two businesses further, helping more people solve their time struggles, helping mummies find time to be with little ones, helping businesses develop social media strategies that give them better results and enable the owners to focus on what they’re best at.
In the quiet time between Christmas and New Year, when the office is quiet, how many of us sit there dreaming of a better way of working and a different 2017?
How many careers will you have? How many have you already had?! Are you ready for me to help you?