Switching Gears: Making A Career Change in the Midst of a Pandemic

What’s up? What’s new? What’s happening? Where have I been?

While I know literally no one is asking these questions, I need to segue into this new chapter of my life and a small turn I’m taking with the blog. The easy answer is that I started a new job! Between adjusting to a new schedule and working on developing a new routine on top of planning a wedding, things have been quite a bit hectic around here. Nevertheless, I have never felt more inspired to continue to write. This career change has done wonders for my creativity; I continuously find myself writing down ideas in my notes in my phone and attempting to write whenever I have a chance. Honestly, it’s SO refreshing!

Acclimating to a new job is always challenging (maybe a little daunting, as well), but in the midst of the chaos that is the pandemic, things looked a bit different. All of my interviews were via Microsoft Teams, which is something I’d never had to do before, but it was a bit more comforting to be in my home. Additionally, they had me coming in twice a week to help streamline the on-boarding process, which was honestly a nice change up from working from home and allowed me to actually meet some of my colleagues.

Why Now?

Initially, it seemed silly to me to look for a new job in the midst of a pandemic; however, like many others, I was affected by the effects of the pandemic and was furloughed for a period of time. There were a number of different factors that led to me choosing to close that chapter of my career, but the furlough period helped me realize that it was time for me to take a step in the direction that I needed to go in. After nearly five years of doing in-house marketing, I knew that I wanted something different. The thought crossed my mind several times in earlier years, but I was entirely too comfortable where I was despite not feeling fulfilled at the end of the day. I finally got to a point where I thought I couldn’t keep putting off the inevitable. Even though it scared the hell out of me, I had to take the plunge otherwise I would never know.

“If not now, when?”

Eckhart Tolle

Working at an agency has always appealed to me since I was a collegiate intern. I was drawn to the fast-pace of agencies, and the ability to work with a number of different clients. I also loved that I’d be able to hone in specifically on my craft of writing and editing. I tried numerous times fresh out of university to emerge into the space to no avail due to “lack of experience”. So when this opportunity came across my LinkedIn, I just knew I had to take it.

As I was going through the interview process, I kept saying to my fiance “I just feel like I’ve found my people”. I was absolutely over the moon when I got the call that I got the job. After nearly three months in my new position, I have found that I’m happier than I have been in a long time. My creativity is at an all time high, and while it can be stressful, I’m finding healthy ways to manage my stress. It has been such a learning curve, but I’m finding that I’ve grown so much and my confidence is soaring in such a short period of time.

Final Thoughts

I guess this is my long-winded way of saying that so many of us are waiting for the “right time” to make a big move — whether it be in our personal or professional lives — but is there ever really a right time? We spend so much time in our comfort zones, but there is no growth inside the boundaries we create for ourselves. Next time you feel the pull to do something that scares you, take the leap. You never know what the universe has in store for you.