Wednesdays are my Fridays, so, Happy Friday!
In light of Rolly’s job satisfaction index I invite you all to tell your tales of firing fixies for finance, resigning rocket science for recumbents, severing sales for scuba instructing.
I don’t even have a particularly good story to tell here, but I know there are a lot of you out there that have switched things up, retrained, reinvented and I want to hear about it.
When/Why did you do it?
What did you do to achieve it (schooling, training, spiritual journey)?
Did it work?
Are you happier now?
What would you do differently given the time again?
In my early 30s, after 5 years in Melbourne, I traded an oil & gas engineering job that, whilst well paid, took too many hours of my life away and surrounded me for the most part with douchecanoes. In what couldn’t be described as a sideways move, so much as a demotion, I requested (fully prepared to resign if unsuccessful) a part time engineering role with less responsibility but more autonomy which gives me time to chase other interests rather than simply accruing money & grasping at a higher rung on the ladder.
It worked, apart from the instant 2-300% increase in my non work time, my general happiness improved by about the same amount, my social life is significantly better, I don’t go to sleep thinking about work or dread sunday evenings.
Given my time over, I’d push back on ever increasing workloads sooner. Always saying yes to ‘opportunities’ isn’t smart.
Edit for cat lolz
Edit: I had a nagging feeling we’d done this before, so I used the google function. It sort of was.
Gene: what happened to the scuba instructor gig?