Corporate to Creative: how I went from Accountancy to Radio & why it's never too late to change your career.

If there's one thing that I've always believed, it's that you have to absolutely love what you do for a living. We spend so much of our time doing it, that no matter how much you try and convince yourself that it's not important, you're never going to be totally happy unless you're happy with your job. I most definitely learned that the hard way. 

As you've probably figured out from the title of this post, I made a jump from accountancy to radio at the very beginning of 2016, and if I'm completely honest? I still can't quite believed that it happened. At the end of 2015, I was the most unhappy I've ever been. Like, I was genuinely miserable and I hated life. I hated my job, I hated the company that I worked for, and I hated my bosses. I cried about 4 times a day, had multiple panic attacks a week and was told to 'get over it' by my manager. Choosing to leave that job, and the whole industry, was without a doubt the best decision I ever made.


I realised that my happiness and wellbeing was far more important than any job. And at the time, part of me felt like I'd failed and was taking a step back, but then I realised that it had made me understand exactly what I wanted, or didn't want, from my next job. I wanted to be in a more creative environment, surrounded by creative and like minded people who shared the same goals, values and interests that I did. I wanted to be somewhere fun, exciting and a place where I could be me.

The media industry seemed like the perfect fit for me, and after multiple (unsuccessful) applications and interviews for social media & digital marketing jobs, I came across this job in radio that was practically made for me. I'm not even kidding when I tell you that I did a little happy dance when I saw the job description because the core skill set for this job was exactly what I'd been writing on all my applications previous. It was creative and analytical. It was in an industry that I was already curious about and it was exciting. Needless to say, I screamed down the phone at my Mum when I was offered the job because I was just so bloomin' happy!

I'd proved something to myself that 6 months before, I'd thought was impossible. But I'd done it. And from that point, I was determined to make an absolute success of it.


So, how do you make a career change?

K N O W  W H A T  Y O U  D O N ' T  W A N T.

I think one of the huge things that helped me, was that realisation of exactly what I didn't want. Kinda like when you go through a break up and you realise what you don't want in your next boyf? That. I was actually offered a job 2 weeks before I was offered the one I took, but there was just that little niggle at the back of my mind that was telling me I wasn't going to be happy. There were too many similarities to where I'd just come from, and the last thing I wanted was to go through it all again. So, thanks to wonderful advice and support from my Mamma, I declined the job offer. Even though I needed a new job so, so badly, I wasn't prepared to take anything less than what I wanted. And I normally get what I want. ;)

T R A N S F E R A B L E   S K I L L S.

No matter what job or career you've come from, you'll have picked up more transferrable skills than you realise. Focus on these, and apply your other experiences to prove to your prospective employer that you'd be able to smash the job as well as anyone else. Things like teamwork, leadership, initiative, adaptability (this is a key one), time management and motivation are all wonderful examples to have.

B E  P R E P A R E D  T O  T A K E  A  S T E P  B A C K.

But it's not really a step back. When I was looking for my next job, I understood that I might've had to start again. I wasn't ruling out traineeships for the right job, as I knew that if I was going to really have to start fresh, there was a chance I'd have to work my way up from the bottom again. But it was something that I was more than willing to do if it was a career that I was going to love, and it felt right. 


Personally, I don't think it's ever too late to make a career change. If you want to do it, do it. Because like I said the beginning of this post, you'll never be really happy unless you're happy with your job. And if you're constantly thinking about trying something else, it's probably a sign that you should.

I promise you that it's not as scary as you think.

Soph

F E A T U R E D

Featured in this post are also these beaut Sudio Sweden headphones that were very kindly sent to me. Working in radio, I absolutely love them because I now fit in with the rest of the headphone wearing lot in the studios and the office. I chose the white ones (obvs), and I can't even tell you how much I love wearing them. I've always just used the headphones that came with my phone, but now I've made the switch to wireless, I'm never going back!

If you would like to grab yourself some (and I would v much highly recommend), you can use the code SOPHIEROSIE15 for 15% off!

14 comments

  1. There's nothing more disastrous than being stuck in a job you hate. That sh*t kills faster than the worst disease ever.
    Thanks for sharing Sophie

    www.ladesblog.com

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    1. Haha this is one of my favourite comments ever! It's so, so true though. I'm glad you liked it x

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  2. I love this, so happy you found a job that matched exactly what you wanted! There really is nothing worse than hating your job and dreading every day x

    heart-autumn.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Emma! There isn't, I know from experience just how it can affect it your life x

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  3. I've been stuck in jobs I hated before and it was so awful. I think these are great tips for anyone thinking about a career change. Congratulations on getting a job you really enjoy! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. Isn't it the worst?! Thanks Jenny, I hope you're in a better job now, too x

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  4. Love this post. Change can be scary, so many thoughts run through your head about whether or not you've made the right decision, and will they take me back if it doesn't work out?! Sometimes we just need to go for it. I feel like I'm in need of a new challenge and this post might have just been exactly what I needed right now to start thinking about it seriously, so thanks!

    Emma x
    http://emmasjoys.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Emma! I totally agree. Ahh amazing! Well, I hope whatever you decide to do, works out wonderfully for you! x

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  5. This post has so much truth in it. I think it's pointless to spend life working a job that gives you no happiness simply to put money in the bank. Yes we need money to survive, but I'd rather be waking up each day happy and knowing I'm going to enjoy what I have to do today then dread one day after the other.

    Amy // www.thenoiseinwonderland.com

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    1. Thanks Amy! This is literally what I think about all the time. I'd much rather be happy in what I do than be paid the most x

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  6. This post is lovely and positive! I am glad you made such a great change in your career. The career change stories always make me smile, although I am quite happy in mine, but just the thought that if at some point I want to change it, it is possible :)

    Lii

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  7. Oh My Goddddd. This is like reading my own story. I was in EXACTLY the same position as you in 2016 (my move was in April), and left a career in law which I was actually doing well in, to then start a career in Marketing. You know what? I'm loving life and it's been the best decision I've ever made!

    High five to us eh?

    xoxo
    J
    from
    The Crown Wings

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  8. LOVE this post. I too am a fellow Accountant except it's taken me 20 whole years and a little help from a Life Coach to pursue my creative ambitions of writing and photography. Well done you for realising early and chasing those dreams. After all, you only get one life so you need to enjoy every moment.

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