“It’s a thrill to be living like this now.”
What work were you doing previously?
I'd been involved in geographic information systems for a fairly lengthy time.
What are you doing now?
I’m a vice president of business development in the insurance industry.
Maybe it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly is mine! I’m a data geek.
And the organisation fits me like a glove. I’m able to leverage my multipotentialite characteristics in what I do – and to do it with people I enjoy, too.
Why did you change?
I was tired of it, and wanted to change into something more challenging.
I wanted to leverage my data and analytics background.
When was the moment you decided to make the change?
I'd made a series of career shifts over a period of about six years.
I went through three or four different startups – each progressively less satisfying, and each more impactful on my mental health.
So I’d kind of been studying career change for a long time, trying to understand why I’ve been struggling so much.
I’d been looking for programmes to learn about this and found the Career Change Launch Pad, which I joined.
Are you happy with the change?
Every single day I feel blessed. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity that I have.
I love working with these people. I get to be my true self.
My close friends have told me that before the shift I was in a really dark place.
I was trying to assess whether or not I should go into a kind of forced retirement.
But coming out of this shift, I am energised. I’m in flow every single day. It’s just an enormous change! My future looks bright, and I have a great plan.
I went from being a timid, introverted, very unhappy and low-confidence person to having the confidence that I feel now.
It’s a thrill to be living like this now.
How did you go about making the shift?
During the Launch Pad I explored the idea of being a multipotentialite.
That helped me start to understand why I'd done what I’ve done in my career up to now – for example, I’ve had six of my own businesses in the past.
I felt very scattered. I wasn't sure if I should pursue all these different things that sparked my fancy.
It struck me after a while after studying the patterns of the things I was interested in and things I'd tried out that I didn’t necessarily need to pursue everything.
I started to reach out to people just outside my network for ideas, and I found that they gave me similar advice – it was like the stars were aligning. All these people were pushing me in a direction that made enormous sense.
So when the opportunity presented itself I thought about the patterns I’d identified in my interests, and could recognise that this was the right thing.
My network was pointing me that way, it aligned with what I was interested in, and I was amazingly offered the position.
How did you handle your finances to make your shift possible?
It wasn't a challenge monetarily.
I was still working in a role that I wasn't too happy about while I was exploring my options.
In my new role I’m compensated handsomely for it – which is a testament to the fact that when you can do something that you really feel is a good fit, people recognise it.
What was the most difficult thing about changing?
It took time in my new role to get past the imposter syndrome and build up a series of successes to where i'm feeling very confident now.
What have you learnt in the process?
That as an introvert working in sales as a learned extrovert, I’d been kind of a chameleon, for many years – behaving in a way that wasn’t truly me.
That really shocked me, quite frankly. But I picked myself up, and said to myself that I was going to be more authentic. That was huge for my shift.
What would you advise others to do in the same situation?
It’s a cliché, but just do it.
Persevere – good things will come.
Alan took part in our Career Change Launch Pad. If you're ready to join a group of bright, motivated career changers on a structured programme to help you find more fulfilling work, you can find out more here.
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