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Changing Lanes

I thought I’d write a blog post about where I am right now and where I hope to be at some point in the future.

Right now I’m feeling a little bit directionless and lost – I left my job in Cambridge in April and have been given the opportunity to take my time to get my mental health back to a good place and to also see if I can change lanes in regards to what I would like to do as a job/career.

For the past 20+ years (yes I’m old than I look) I’ve been working in customer facing or customer focused positions, it’s something I’ve enjoyed and it’s something I’m good at, I’m good with people, or at least I was…I don’t really know how I’ll be around people after so long away from doing so.

But I’m also a really creative person and have a lot of skills that I’ve gained over the years that I’d really like to put into practise in a role that I’d enjoy and that I could make an income from, hence the title of this post.

I’ve spent the last hour or so looking at my employment history, strong roles in retail & sales, in management and most recently working in the public sector. I’m trying to move myself away from roles that are similar or the same and it’s proving to be mentally draining – having experience in audio and video editing as well as other creative outlets should be a bonus but I’m really having trouble trying to figure out just how I’m going to make it happen.

There are lots of job sites online, I’ve spent hours scrolling through them and a lot of the potential roles that I see may require a couple of years previous experience in similar roles or qualifications to back up the abilities – I lot of what I know and have learnt over the years has been self taught, so sadly there are no qualifications that I’m able to present to potential employers.

I’ve toyed with the idea of looking at doing creative things in a freelance way but I have no idea how I would start to do that and if I’d even get any customers if I decided to do so – there’s so much that I don’t understand or know and I’m trying to figure it out but a lot of sources say completely conflicting things and my brain overloads and then I feel my energy levels plummet and my focus slip!

I really don’t enjoy being out of work, I’ve worked from the age of 16 until this April and it feels weird but I know that it’s a massive opportunity to work on my mental health and try to changes lanes with my career – I also have to be realistic that if I really can’t find something that I can do, I still have a skill set that I can utilise if I’m unable, I just want to be doing something different, something creative and something that helps people

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