When is it time to jump ship?
And no, I don’t mean on some fancy boat in the middle of the med. I mean job wise. That’s why you’re here, right?
I have recently moved jobs from a comfortable corporate event role after nearly 2 years. The role had some really great factors - an amazing team, a stable role, structure and strong processes, great benefits, some flexability, a new CEO who had a really big and bright vision that I believed in. So why did I decide to leave?
Well, for a start I didn’t feel challenged enough. I wanted something that I could grab with both hands, run with and truly develop myself, my knowledge and my experience, but I didn’t feel I was able to get that. This role will be great for some people, and they will flourish. And, there could be an element of ungratefulness in this, but I know what I want…
Secondly, pay. For the amount of work that was required and the knowledge and experience I already held, I wanted more. Sadly, this was something a large corporation couldn’t justify when all departments but treated the same and not rewarded for individual efforts. Again, certainly not a criticism but not what I believed in.
Lastly, the type of events. I always knew I wanted to do international events and I wanted to be on-site. Being part of the events industry, I really wanted to experience the perks of being in it. Why wouldn’t you? Great hotels, the best food, amazing suppliers, a decent salary (where you can find it) and of course, watching what you have produced come to life. There is nothing like problem solving on an event to fire you up. It’s a no brainer for me.
So when all these things no longer aligned and I saw things would not change, I started the search and reached out only to opportunities which aligned with what I wanted. We only have one life, why not make it worthwhile?
You have the power to make your life what you want it (not to sound too Molly Mae) but I have landed a job that, from the outset, looks like it offers me all that.
Take time to evaluate where you are at and what you want from your role - do these match? If not, get on that search. Reach out to connections, search LinkedIn, find companies that you like and see what they are offering, join event communities and keep your eyes peeled for job posts.
Don’t apply for everything, be selective and be patient. It may take a few months, but it will be worth the wait. And in short, you probably already know, take the chance ;)