Monday, 12 October 2015

four months down the track in my new job

#midlife blog crestingthehill.com.au

People often talk or write about new jobs and new adventures and the excitement that goes with them - or (in my case) the low grade terror of launching into the unknown. You don't always get an update of how the journey has progressed and whether it lived up to the initial hopes and expectations.

So, on that note, I thought I'd do an update on where things are with my new job now that I've been there for a few months and feel like I can take a breath and step back and look at where I am now compared to where I was when I started. I picked a few months as a marker because my probation period is over and they decided to keep me and I decided to stay for the long haul!


 if you never try you'll never know

It was a very scary step leaving my last job - even though it was boring me to tears and sucking the life blood out of me, I hung on for dear life because I didn't have the confidence in myself to take a risk and leave the known for the great unknown. It had to get to the point where I hated being there more than I feared being unemployed before I took the leap out of my comfort zone and into the world of job hunting and starting afresh in a different workplace.

So, here it is four months later - in a new job, in a new field, with new people - a whole new world! My brain still hurts at times, but I have no regrets at all, in fact I am loving it! I have made plenty of mistakes - when you're new that tends to happen on a daily basis. The funny thing is that I was the only one bothered by it - no one expected me to be perfect and I had to learn to give myself a break and take it one step at a time. 

you must always believe in yourself

I had butterflies in my stomach on the way into work every time for the first couple of months and I wondered if it would ever get easy. That's the thing when you're in a new world, it's all hard and you have to learn your way around things - which seems scarier when you're worried that you are "too old for all this new stuff". But you are never too old! New life skills are never a bad thing and a new job with new people, new tasks, new environment, new routines and extra days off(!) is all part of being alive and living for this moment and being the best I can be. 

Seize the day and all that stuff - we're not getting any younger and we need to believe in ourselves more! I'm so glad I took the leap of faith - closed my eyes, held my breath and jumped - it's been worth every moment of the ride so far.


24 comments:

  1. It's good to know you are having a good time at the new work place...
    It's true, you will never know unless you try..

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    1. thanks Nabanita - sometimes you have to just leap and hope for the best :)

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  2. Great that you didn't let fear keep you stuck where you didn't want to be. Onwards and upwards!

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    1. I'll keep onwards and upwards as my battle cry now Ali :)

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  3. Glad to hear it is working out for you and your employer!

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    1. thanks Haralee - we seem to be coping with each other!

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  4. Sounds like you made the right decision. Being in a position that sucks the life out of you is no place to be. Better to move on to something new than lose your soul at a dead end job. Good luck to you! ♥

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    1. That's so true Kathy - and yet we hold on out of fear or insecurity - sometimes we need to trust ourselves and what we have to offer.

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  5. Change is never easy, but usually for the best. Congratulations on making this big move and making it work!

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    1. thanks Sharon - it's scary (like moving house!) but when you look back, it makes so much sense and is such a relief.

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  6. Congratulations on the completion of your probation. May you continue to enjoy the job!

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    1. I'm hoping I'll keep liking it to Corinne - I think not working at all would be the best, but this is a good compromise :)

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  7. Well done. The first step is always scary but more often than not it always turns out good. Wishing you great success and continued enjoyment.

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    1. Thanks Suzy - I'm not great at stepping into the unknown, but it's been worth it and I'm glad I took the plunge.

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  8. Of course you are great Leanne! You started a blog so anything else is a snap. It is hard stepping out of your comfort zone but I also find the challenge exhilarating. I'm so glad it has all worked out for you. I actually just met you before you started so its been 4 months since we have know each other. Thanks for sharing your experiences and encouraging others at #AnythingGoes

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    1. has it only been four months Sue? It feels like you've been my friend for years :)

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  9. So glad you're new job is going so well. I'm not the best at stepping outside my comfort zone and trying new things - but I never regret it when I do!

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    1. It's always scary but also always worthwhile in the end Lana :0

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  10. I love this post! If you think about it, we've had butterflies about every new thing thing we've done since we started first grade. Brava!

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    1. thanks Brenda! I'm not great at being brave but sometimes it is the only choice and in this case I'm glad I took the leap into the unknown.

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  11. I can't believe it's four months already?! I remember as if it were yesterday when you were hesitating about changing jobs. I'm really happy to hear you're enjoying your new adventure! You sound really happy:)
    xx

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    1. time flies Abby - new job and your new app - it'll be Christmas before we know it!

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