From the Changing Room to the Board Room

Okay so that title really dramatises what I’m writing about but you get the gist. I’ve gone from teaching babies their first words, wiping noses and changing bums to the vastly different world of ‘the office.’

Technically we don’t have a board room, we have a small room downstairs which has a table and chairs in if we need to have a meeting but doubles as a entrance hall to hang up your coat and umbrella.

I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO. BUT IN A MUCH MORE REAL SENSE, I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.

Michael Scott

As I covered in my previous post about my new changes, I was not enjoying my job. It was a very strange feeling because I had it planned – I knew exactly where I wanted to take my career. It’s hard for a control freak to go from following the plan to colouring outside the lines. I knew that for myself and for the sanity of those who had to listen to me moan, I needed a new job. I needed to do something different!

When I sat down to think about what I wanted out of my next job, I came up with a few ideas of what I would love to do. I even applied for some of those dream jobs. Unfortunately, you don’t tend to get those dream jobs with no experience or qualifications in the field. When I thought practically about it, and I sat down with my indeed search open I did not know what to type in as my ‘key word.’

In the end I settled for ‘office’ it seemed appropriate – I did want an office job. A steady 9-5 with a salary and tea breaks. It might sound pretty standard to anyone who has an office job but when you’re coming from a nursery it couldn’t be farther from your reality. Long hours or hours that change every week, getting paid hourly, not getting paid if you’re sick or late and barely getting a toilet break are a lot closer to the truth..

I’m not going to lie, typing numbers into spreadsheets and sending emails is not as fulfilling as watching a child take their first steps or seeing them share their toys without being prompted. In a sense, it’s boring to go into work knowing you won’t be having a shaving foam fight or splashing around in water play. There are a lot of things I miss about my nursery life, but I know I’ve made the right choice for me, for now.

I’ve swapped all of that for the set hours, routine filled days and the freedom to swear at work if you need to! I don’t know what my future holds any more, I don’t know what is my 10 year plan, 5 year plan or even my next year plan. To be honest, I don’t know if I need to.

I’m a big planner and I think I give myself anxiety with my plans and expectations of myself. For now, I’m going to take each day and each opportunity as it comes. I’m happy plodding along in my spinning office chair, seeing what the day holds (not that any day is all too different from the last.) One day I might start to carve out a future path but for today, I just want to be happy.

What job do you do? Is it what you’ve always planned to do or have you made a change?

Love, Alice x


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