5 years ago, I first noticed a slow, dripping tap of career dissatisfaction. But it took me years to figure out the one thing I lacked to enable me to fix it - and save lots of money and painful, wasted energy at the same time.
The dripping tap numbed my wins and my losses.
Flattened my fun.
And coloured my days slightly grey.
But I shoved the fear of big change around next year’s corner.
A prison of my own making
The career I’d gifted 20 years of my youth to, had morphed into a prison of my own making. From this prison, my window of opportunity felt like it was shrinking the closer I aged towards 50.
I’d worked hard. And saved hard. Maybe even enough for a great escape - but not without a plan.
Plan A was definitely fading.
To be frank, so was I.
Another year passed but no plan magically materialised. Because I still had no idea where to start.
A leap that nearly broke me
When the dripping tap switched to full flow, I jumped from Plan A without a parachute, of any colour. And crash-landed at university, trying to master psychology.
Far from a soft landing, it was the hardest year of my life!
The wrinkles on my brain and my face slowed my learning.
I donated every ounce of energy to getting great marks - all the time believing I was on the brink of failure. I did well and felt proud, for two minutes, before the fog of reality returned.
I STILL had no Plan B to go forth with.
And STILL didn’t know how to start one.
I STILL didn’t know anyone who had one - or one that excited them.
STILL didn’t know where to start figuring out what I’d be good at, or (whisper) maybe even great at.
I STILL didn’t know how to get paid to do work that I might love.
But mostly, I STARTED to wonder if I might look back on my career with regret asking “What if?”
The unusual question that changed everything
Then, I whispered to myself a tough question:
“How am I going to live a life, with the freedom to do work that makes me feel great AND work that matters so much I get invited onto BBC1 Desert Island Discs?
That’s how I knew I still had hope.
I just needed my Plan B. A bloody great one!
So I put my newfound research skills to the test and scoured the globe to learn everything possible about career change.
And created a methodology to design bespoke Plan Bs Plan Bs for individuals, like me, who’ve got plenty left in the tank and don’t want to waste another minute wondering. Plan Bs designed around personality and unique talents, combined with lifestyle and freedom desires.
And I implemented my own Plan B - doing work that’s fun and that matters.
Incase you’re wondering, I’m quite a way off being invited onto Desert Island Discs! BUT I’m a heck of a lot closer than I was 5 years ago.
2 years ago.
Check out my “Where to Start” guide to career change at your age and talk to me about designing your Plan B.