Ash has had her resignation letter saved on her computer for six months. She's desperate to get out and do something she loves, but can't stop imagining worst-case scenarios. How can she build up the courage to take the plunge?
What's your career history and current job?
I'm a journalist for an online magazine, writing a regular column on health and well-being.
It's hilarious, really, given how miserable I am!
After finishing university, I was a PA in a major PR firm, and then moved sideways into writing after starting my own blog.
How do you feel about your work?
I'm lonely, and I'm bored.
I used to love researching articles and sharing my knowledge with the world, but now I'm fed up of sitting around on my own at home all day and the 'well-being' sphere is getting so wishy-washy and saturated with information that I'm becoming a sceptic (not to mention sick of my own written voice!).
I spend half my income in coffee shops, just so I can work outside of the house, and my friends are starting to think I'm crazy; whenever I'm in a social setting I can't stop yapping! It's like I'm become some kind of mad recluse.
What would you like to be doing instead?
That would be nice to know!
I think the best step would be for me to take an interim role while I figure out what I'd really love to do, as I don't have a clear idea.
I love organising events, so maybe something to do with that, or bringing people together in some way – around a common interest, for example.
Fundamentally I just want to feel like I'm doing something worthwhile. I want to get up and feel excited to start my day.
What's the biggest obstacle in your way?
I'm convinced something terrible is going to happen if I chuck in what I've got.
I don't trust myself to make the right decisions, and every time I start to build up the courage to quit, I get the most terrible scenes unfolding in my head. I'm full of the what-ifs!
It turns out I'm not a natural risk-taker. I've read articles on the Careershifters site that say I should test-drive my ideas, but I'm even hesitant to do that in case I like something too much and I have to take the plunge! What if I lose all my savings? What if I quit this job and it turns out I hate the next one just as much? What if I become the laughing stock of my friends and family? What if I miss working from home? What if my new job requires me to wear a suit?
I've had my resignation letter on my computer for six months and all it would take is an email, but I can't do it. I'm paralysed.
Even writing this I know it's ridiculous, but inside me it couldn't feel more real.
Can you help Ash?
- Have you been in a similar situation, or are you in the same boat right now?
- What can she do to get over her fears and move forward with changing career?
- Do you know anyone she could talk to?
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