What it is like to quit corporate life and start a completely different career?
It is electrifying.
And it’s also a crazy roller coaster. Exhilarating, fabulous, and frightening like hell.
As a career coach - who has created a coaching programme for people who want to take the leap - I could try to bullshit you (hello potential customer...).
This post could be an endless sales page where I'll tell you that: "With me jumping from a corporate job to a completely different career will be a smooth-like-silk process, risk-free, finger in the nose, don’t worry and sign here, blablabla".
Even if this is not a complete lie (I have been where you are, so yes, I perfectly know how to smooth and ease the process as much as possible) it won’t be the truth either.
Truth is: no matter how well you are prepared and supported, jumping and starting an entirely new career remains a f... challenge.
If you are looking for something effortless and 100% success guarantee, you are definitely heading for trouble.
But relax: neither is it an unbearable ordeal.
And compared with your current professional life, it might also be an incredible gift to do to yourself.
The day I decided to quit my corporate job.
Who was I 6 years ago?
Can you picture a corporate manager, working for multinational firms, earning a nice amount of money and doing nothing of her life but working?
Well, that was me.
I did not decide to quit this life overnight on a whim.
It took me months of self-questioning, doubts and hopes before I admitted that the point was not that I wanted to do it, but that I needed to do it.
Some days I felt the world was my oyster. Some days I felt doomed, only good enough for data crunching and annual report drafting.
So, it took me months. And one day (true story) as I was queuing with thousands of people to exit the monstrous city train station in Paris, I realised that if I did not change something in my life, I will have to queue every day for the next 27 years.
In one second, I made my choice: I quit.
Maybe right now, you are like my "6 years ago me"?
Maybe your corporate life starts to be less and less attractive? (except for the salary)
Maybe you are wondering why going on like this?
Maybe the only thing that cheers you up is the prospect of your next holidays?
Maybe you are not sure that your job has a real added value?
Maybe the idea that you had to wait to retire to finally live your life - in a couple of decades or more...- is becoming unbearable?
If that's you, don't freak out, and rejoice : I am the living proof that you can change and get the life you want. No matter your age, family status ... you can do it.
🤔 So, what it is like to quit your corporate job for a new mindful career?
In short : difficult but exhilarating.
It will require to take risks, to quit your comfort zone, to welcome an army of doubts as your new best friends.
But the counterpart ... today I feel alive.
Sure everyday is not a field of roses, but everyday is a day I choose.
I am no longer waiting for the next holidays to live, the endless cycle of numb weekdays/exhaustive weekends has ended.
Clearly the best thing I've done in my life.
Quitting my corporate job will give you the chance to get a real purpose, to feel valued, and to be in line with who you are. Sounds like a self-developemt bu…hit fantasy?
Well, let me tell you that that's a good one.
🔔Does it resonate with what you are craving?
If so, changing for a career that makes deep sense for you is probably the best thing you will ever do.
So even if you think you are not 100% ready, even if you have doubts (spoiler alert: doubts are your new flatmates) I cannot encourage you enough to start the process.
You are 1000% braver and more audacious than you think!