The Thing about change

The Thing about Change

Here’s the thing about change.

For those who don’t know I’ve recently found myself at cross roads in my career, what to do next? I’ve spent 4 years and a bucket load of cash (that I’ve paid off… I’m a real adult now!) studying human resource management at university and over 18 years working in HR departments doing various different things but I’ve found myself asking ‘do I really want to do it for another 18 years?’ I haven’t found the answer yet.

Since mid-December 2019 I’ve spent my time hanging out with my two boys (3 and 6), doing all the things I missed when I was working full time; the school run, beavers, swimming lessons and all the other stuff that comes along with being a responsible adult for little people and I’ve loved it. So much so, my husband is questioning if I’m going back to work? I am, I promise…

One thing I’ve grown to understand about myself, whilst I’m a natural introvert, I enjoy working with people, I enjoy working towards a shared vision and I enjoy points of view which differs from my own.

So here’s the thing about change, it’s scary isn’t it? But is it? I don’t think so. The unknown is scary, the lack of vision is scary, the lack of communication is scary, the lack of leadership is scary. But for me, change is something different, change is something new, something exciting, something to be embraced. After all, if you change nothing, nothing will change.

So whilst our boys are at their respective learning establishments I’ve been embracing change. I’ve been reading, meeting old colleagues and new ones trying to work out where I fit. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been therapeutic. My ‘change’ has allowed me to see open doors, I might not have had, had I been working full time. I’ve been interviewed for a podcast on employee engagement. I’ve got a business meeting with an engagement and branding company, whom I’ve admired for a long time which I’m beyond excited about it, and a proper interview with a tech start up who have never had a HR bod before which could be the start of something special. Who knows? One thing I know for sure is, I’m walking through every door with a positive attitude and an open mind.

Wish me luck as I begin to make positive changes to my career. And for the record, yes I’m actively looking for work.

Maxine

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