Is It Time For A Career Change?

Finishing school, finding a job in your field and making a career out of it can be one of the most intimidating things we do in our lives. No matter what point we are in our careers, it’s always a terrifying feeling when you realize maybe the career you’re currently is isn’t for you.

It’s terrifying because you have to prove yourself again in a whole new field and possibly go back to school in order to enter that field. If you’re on the younger end of life and find yourself having just finished school a few years prior to realizing your career isn’t for you, the thought of adding more debt to your pile (if you have it and unfortunately most of us do), can be absolutely daunting. It’s anxiety inducing and sends your mind off into a million different directions. This will usually end with most of us opting to just stay put where we are and not take a risk.

At this point, you’re probably like, “Catarina, we can’t all just decide to switch our careers and go back to school or get certifications. That’s expensive and we don’t all have parents who helped us before or can help us now. Changing a career is not highly do-able. Please don’t let this be one of those entitled posts about just doing what you love”.

Trust me, I feel that. I understand and I’m honestly on the debt boat. This is definitely going to be one of those times where I am going to say to go for what you love but I’m doing so in a way that I can hopefully inspire a lot of you. And no, I don’t have parents who were able to afford school or afford to help me. I’m in a lot of debt and I have health issues on top of it.

Sometimes, it’s so easy to get caught up in our fears. Fears that we aren’t doing what our parents want us to do. Fear that we can’t afford to do what we want. Fear of judgement. Fear of our health holding us back.

And guess what? They’re all valid things to be worried about.

The difference? We can’t always let them fully dictate our happiness. Sometimes taking that terrifying leap of faith is the best thing we can do for ourselves.

I have the fear of my health and financial stress to worry about. I finished a marketing program that was funded by 2 loans in April 2016, graduated June 2016 and was diagnosed with a brain tumour August 2016. I only worked for 6 months after school was done and had surgery January 2017. I’ve been recovering ever since. My health is different every single day so working for someone else was absolute hell when I tried to get back into the marketing field. My body and mind were so different and not ready to be on someone else’s schedule.

It took me 7 months from the time I tried going back to work in September 2017 to decide that I was finally going to go after the dream I had when I was 19. It was still something I had wanted to do but never took the leap because it was expensive and I didn’t think my family would approve of it because it’s not a job that gives you full benefits, you have to work hard for clientele and it’s continuing education – all the time.

This dream?

Open my own beauty studio.

Lashes, waxing, skin care. That’s what I’ve wanted to do. And guess what? After being so sick and being killed by my own body and now recovering, I don’t care how weird my health is now – I’m going to fight for my dreams on my terms. Right now, it is definitely small scale. It’s in the basement at my parent’s house and it has the bare minimum without looking horrible, but it’s stocked with all the tools, products and sanitation I need in order to run with quality. I refuse to go in doing something half-assed. Refuse.

Sure I’m in debt. Sure I’m digging myself deeper. Sure I’m having to go get certifications to learn. But I’m doing it for a greater good for myself in the long-run.

Of course it’s difficult right now and it’s definitely heightening my already severe anxiety but I know 1-2 years down the road, I’ll be making enough to cover my debts and own my own things instead of constantly having to ask for help or worry. I know I will be working on my schedule doing things how I want to do them. I know if I’m sick, I’ll respect me and cancel certain days.

You’re probably thinking, “what if I don’t want to be my own boss and I want to still work for somebody?”

That’s obviously perfectly okay! Everyone has different dreams and goals in life and it’s important to respect that within yourself. Life is always so full of comparing that sometimes we have to stop ourselves, breath and put our blinders on. Sometimes, that is the only way we can, as fellow HIH writer Nicole puts it, “get sh*t done”. Blinders on, focus on.

There will always be people and obstacles to overcome when doing absolutely anything. We just have to go through it, find solutions and overcome them. No one ever said making a huge decision like changing your career, would be an easy one. Not easy, but definitely worth it.

Over the next few months, I’ll be continuing this series on career changing. A lot of people believe that success is over night, but what they don’t see are the difficult decisions, the hurdles, the set-backs, the debt, the education and amount of hours put into building dreams. It will be overnight for those on the outside, but behind every successful career, movement, company and so forth, are countless hours of struggle, dedication, hard work, set backs, perseverance, adjustments and re-adjustments.

I can’t wait to share with you all everything that I’ll be learning (and have already learned) when it comes to launching your own business, but more importantly, when changing your career. Life is all about constant growth and learning new lessons and this is just one path that leads to many lessons learned.

Until next time!

Xoxo, Catarina