Starting a New Career: How to Cope

Starting a New Career: How to Cope

It is never easy to start over: relationship, home, finances or work.

It is something almost everyone will go through in their lives, myself included.

The birth of my daughter in the fall of 2011 prompted many changes in life, for both my wife and I.

There was a move 1,600 kilometres south, stress and drama involved with a car accident and subsequent purchase of a new vehicle and for the first time in seven years, I found myself without a job.

I poured my energy into building an apartment for my growing family while job searching.

In the nearly three years that have passed, I have worked in a variety of fields, trying this and that.

I still haven’t found my next career, and going back to the old one (journalism) is no longer an option.

But I keep looking.

Here are some of my thoughts on the process and how I have kept my chin up.

You don’t need to jump at the first opportunity but at some point, bills need to be paid so you might have to settle on a job you don’t love. There is a fine line. But think through the job offer and what you will be doing. And decide if that’s what you want to. The devil is in the details as I recently found out. I applied for a job doing water testing. The reality was selling water filtration systems to customers who really didn’t need them. I turned down the job (and its four days of unpaid training, which according to the Ministry of Labour in the province I live in is ILLEGAL).

It is much easier to find a new job while you are already working. It is also far less stressful on the income side.

You might have to start at the bottom and have to deal with power-hungry teens bossing your 30-something-self around. Smile and nod and realize you might replace them or they may quit as was the case with my position in customer service and pizza delivery. As certain staff left, life became far more tolerable in the restaurant.

Life has a way of working out. A week after I turned down the “water testing” job, I was offered my current position.

There have been a lot of long days and hard work, but that just means more money.

But it has felt quite fulfilling to get a regular paycheck for the first time in a year and have actual paystubs.

Working pizza delivery is fun but my pay is dependent on tips which means day to day, I would never know how much money I might make. My car certainly appreciates the new job too, there’s been a lot less gas needed and less wear and tear on it too.

Bottom line: things have a way of working out. 

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