About two years ago, over a four month period, Jamie and Scott came from The Skills Farm to deliver sales and management workshops for my prior employer.
I was working in sales at that time and enjoying my job.
I was respected, had lovely colleagues and an opportunity to progress with my career.
With over fifteen years of experience in team management, sales and customer service, I thought I knew what I enjoyed in my professional life.
Over the past dozen years I have spent countless hours a week developing my career, learning how to be a good manager and a leader. I led big teams, managed multi-million euro budgets, hired team members and helped many people grow professionally.
With each position I developed because I never stopped learning from my own and others’ experiences and I always wanted to help people achieve their highest potential in their professional life.
And I was good at my job. However after a few years in one position I usually started to feel dissatisfied: ‘Right, I have done my job here. What is next? How can I reach more people now?’
On the evening Jamie and Scott finished their excellent workshop and I watched them walk out the door, a pang of envy came over me. I envied them because I knew that the week after they’ll be teaching and reaching new people.
My experience with The Skills Farm had awakened a feeling I wasn’t fully aware of before.
Later that weekend my husband and I went for a long walk along the beach and I started to ask myself some profound questions. Am I happy at work? What kind of work would make me happy?
Do I do something I love every day?
A few weeks later I noticed that The Skills Farm were advertising a vacancy for a new team member. In that moment, something clicked into place, I applied for the job and I’m delighted to say that I was successful.
Whilst I wasn’t unhappy where I was, I wasn’t doing what I loved the most – giving others the opportunity to grow.
I had mixed emotions about leaving my job because I cared about many of the people there and really did enjoy much of the job itself.
So, quite simply I did not quit a job, I quit a feeling.