What’s the biggest “leap of faith” career move you’ve ever made?
Whether it was switching to a completely new industry, accepting a new position, moving halfway across the world, or even rejecting a job everyone told you that you were meant for! We want to know what terrified you, what made you make up your mind, and how it all worked out. Share your story.
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I had accepted a position as a medical transcriptionist at a hospital. My desk was located next to the morgue. Received a call from employment agency for a temporary position. I went on the interview.I accepted the assignment. I was filling for someone on vacation for one week all the time being told that this was not permanent. A second week came along and was asked to stay and so on for four weeks. Created a position for me and offered it to me. Best decision I could have made.
Three years after my divorce, I finally exhaled. Scraping by financially and cleaning up my past was behind me. Now, each new breath consisted of gratefulness, freedom, and abundance. Everyday, I thought to myself "I did it!" As I counted my blessings, a new job opportunity dangled before me. Did I want to change again by moving into a different industry and lifestyle? Realizing that my positive and grateful state of being attracted more positivity, I told myself, "Of course, I do!!" Each opportunity is a gift and never be fearful of designing the life you want. Stay positive and you will attract positive things.
I had worked in the Finance area for 24 years. I had been offered the Supervisor job 2 different times in the past and turned it down both times. The third time that I was offered the job, I was a divorcee with 2 children to raise, so i accepted the job for the extra money. 11 years later, I am still the supervisor and still enjoy my job. My next big move is retirement. "Do I retire at age 55 or not".
I woke up one morning with a spiritual jolt from GOD. The words "Urban Planning" came out of my mouth. I didn't even know what it meant. Went to work and within a week I was asked to serve on a board for open space development; which fell in line with my position as a Recreation Coordinator. Loved the committee and heard the words again "Planning, Parks, Master Planning".
I immediately repented for not listening to what God was telling me and enrolled into ASU's Master program for Urban Planning.
Then took a demotion and moved to the Planning Division.
What a blessing!!!
My biggest " leap of faith " was to walk away from a hourly paying job into my own bookkeeping service 11 years ago, to have more quality time with my son and now he is on his way to college and I still have my bookkeeping service. My first clients I started with I still have. Best " leap of faith " idea I have every done Been a blessing.
I have worked in the adminstrative work field
for over 25 years to the presents. But my love is creavity, I'm a Fabric Artist who designs one of a kind art of African Kings and Queens. My desire is to have a store featuring all of my art, not just diplaying it at various events and galleries.
"Something New in Ethnic Art" coming soon, May be near you.
Starting over with a new company in a new field. Going from middle management as Director of Operations to a level one hourly employee. This was scary as I have always been in some level of management.
This was the best move ever. Began a new career. Moved to mangement within 10 months and loving it. Close to home (5 min.) and working for a solid top notch company. The layoff and leap of faith was the best thing to happen to me. Less stress, less travel, more time with family and still living the life!! Its been 5 years now and I have no regrets.
Well, I am in the process of changing careers completely....I have been working for a non-profit for nearly 5 years and though I love what I, I am thinking of walking away to start my own freelance photography business....yikes! I am pretty nervous but I know it's the right thing to do for me....I am projecting my last day here to be August 1 2011. I am praying that it all goes well. I'm going for it!
I left a paying job to begin a preschool at my church 16 years ago. There was no pay for over a year, yet I stuck with it because I believed in what we were doing and that this was God's calling in my life. I cannot say there have never been rough days, but for the most part, I love what I do and I continue as director until this day.m God has equipped me with the knowledge I needed and with the people to help it be successful.
The biggest "leap of faith" career move I ever made was to resign from a 20 years federal government job where I was sub-directing a federal Agency and to start my own business as a labor consultant. The decision was made to adjust my personal life to my professional one. During my last years of government service I got married, had 3 children, and finished my law degree. It was too much to handle, especially having a balance between my children needs and my profession. Guess what? It was the best decision ever made. Now I am a happy professional mom in control of my time and my agenda!
15 years ago my son was starting school and I wanted to be home from work when he got off the school bus. For 6 months I documented work I could do at home and prepared my plea to my boss about working the last couple of hours a day at home. Works response was a flat NO. So I quit a job I loved to work part-time in a totally different industry. I still miss the job I loved, but not as much as I would have missed the time with my children after school. I wasn't the only person who wanted to work less and spend time with their children, 4 other women quit the same department within a year of my leaving. That company could learn a thing or two about flex hours.
Wow Debbi, your post could have been written by me! I am feeling the same way you are right now. My kids are also 19 and 21 and I am ready for new challenges. I passed up on job opportunities while raising my kids and now I am contemplating a move 1/2 way across the country to open a franchise restaurant (of which I have little experience). I am scard to tell anyone about my plans because sometimes I think I'm crazy too! Yet, I really want to give this a try.
Since I was in high school I had worked in the health care industry. I worked for a couple of different physicians, worked for an HMO, etc.
At 40 I got a divorce and also leaped from the health care industry into the manufacturing industry. Although both were office jobs, it was difficult to adjust to the manufacturing industry (forklifts). It was a totally different world.
I have been in this industry for over 10 years now. I still miss health care on occasion, but it has been a profitable move for me.
The biggest leap of faith I ever took was to get off the couch and complete my college degree. I remember going to my employer and telling him that I was leaving my job to go to college and everyone even him thought I was crazy. I sold my home grabbed my children and off to OSU I went. You will be proud to know that with 3 children ages ranging from 8 to 16 and 4 years later I finished at the top of my class and have been sailing ever since...If you are out there and need a great story to encourage you. Here it is!
The biggest Leap I have ever made was moving from the midwest born and raised and owned a family bakery to Ca to open a family bakery
just to find out that moving didn't help and opening another bakery did'nt help the feeling like I was missing something inside me so at the age of 48 moved right back to Chicago to find that even going back home I was still feeling I was missing something inside so I got a job with a Very famous candy company but it was out in MA so ok this has to be it right? wrong after 2 years and a company provided station wagon I was at my Drs office and it hit me go into the medical field and after 12 yrs of pediatrics I wouldn'nt change it for the world Finally !
I applied for a job involving sales and use tax about 10 years ago. I was hired and was told years later by my manager that she knew that I didn't have the experience, but she liked my personality and that she knew I was trainable. I think she and I both took the "leap of faith" and she was not disappointed. Now I am a Sales Tax Anlayst for a large corporation and I owe it to her for taking a chance and hiring me and teaching me everything I needed to know on multi-state taxation.
I am in the process of a leap of faith career move. My now former supervisor has moved to a state college in California and has mentioned 5 times about coming to visit and now twice about his seriousness in having me work as his assistant, of which I did while he was on the east coast for 1 year.
I am going over for a visit once he is settled. I am looking for any insights and thoughts from anyone who has done this or wished they did.
When I was in my twenties, I had this great opportunity to work for N. Dean Meyer. But it involved 90% travel, and I had just gotten married. And I was scared to death I couldn't handle the "pace" and the information and the decisions that had to be made. While taking a few days to discuss with my-then-husband, I discovered I was pregnant. So ..I turned down the job, but I still wonder, to this day, if it was the right move. I ended up divorced with two kids so I settled for an "ok" career, but I'm ready to make a move now! (kids are 19 and 21 and both in college) And I want that job today!
Years ago, I made the switch from Corporate America into Human Services and began a job at a non-profit agency.
It has been fabulous. I enjoy what I do and have the greatest supervisor. My staff are a group of highly efficient and responsible people.
Of course, the salaries could be better and there have not been raises for four years. Our benefit package is one of the best and there is some flexibility.
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