Happy new year! I can’t belive I’m still saying this. I hope you’ve enjoyed your New Year celebrations. I spent mine under the stars, in front of the London Eye waiting for the fireworks. A magnificent display!
2011 has been an eventful and exciting year. Lots has happened and more is set to take place in this New Year.
I know, I’ve gone mad and tattooed my website. We have so much to catch up on. Last year, was one of the most extraordinary career-transitions in my professional life, but in the midst of my job-loss dilemma and on also losing my father through cancer, I have found a way to build moral and stay motivated. Even made some friends along the way.
We were continuously bombarded with such bad news about job cuts and companies large and small going bust, that hope for our employment prospects was hard to see. More professionals between 30-50 have been failed through the system by default. Being in that statistical age bracket myself, I could clearly see the disadvantage. How could I turned it around in my favour? The job coming to an end could mean finally taking that hobby enjoyed, and using it to generate an income, or take the opportunity to learn some new skills. I decided to do just that last year when my job came to an end.
Looking back. I’m extremely pleased with the results so far. I pursued at least 50% of the hobbies (50% of things unplanned) I’ve always wanted to have time for, made some hobbies an income for me and made other hobbies help other career-transitioners. Isn’t it time you did the something with yours? Pursuing my hobbies has not only allowed me to build on existing skills and create new ones, but has also brought me into contact with people I would never have thought of or been able to in the past.
It’s time to take it to another level
If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m on a mission. No, not to “heal the world and make it a better place”. I want to inspire other Job-seekers, career transitioners and Londoners. With so much, low morale and uncertainty it is time to colour this page (literally as I’ve done).
The one thing that really helped me to keep going in my lowest time was not just updating my profile, linked-in, twitter and CV but hearing other people’s experience. I have this idea that more and more people will have the guts to talk about the elephant in the room. i.e: – jobs, careers, the whole lot.
Talking actually helps to deal with it all. It also helps to build community and makes you realise you are not alone.
Can you share a story with us about a previous or
recent career transition?
Could you share it in front of an audience?
- Have you lost your job by default?
- Voluntarily walked out ?
- Started a career?
- Started a business?
- pursuing a hobby
- Or just don’t know where to start?
Whatever career dilemma you might have been?
You really can, help to change someone else’s perception about their career future and employment
Their’s a growing community of people online and offline who want to hear these stories and be connected. Help us to make it happen.
Send us your story via the contact sheet, send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , or even send us a personal video of yourself sharing your story.
This is a video of me last year.