The seventh month of the year is slowly coming to a close. With the end of yet another 30 days in our lives, some of us may like to ponder the things that happened during this month, and also, what didn’t.
This month, I made an abrupt move when it comes to my professional life. One year and 11 months later, I left my job on the 3rd of July because I had to. Unfortunately, the company I was working for had to fold-up their Asia office and we were all subjected to termination. The whole ordeal was bittersweet especially because months back, I’ve declared my “love” for the job and at the back of my mind, I’ve no plans of being unemployed. The idea of going on a job hunting extravaganza for the nth time doesn’t seem appealing at this stage of my life.
But life has its way of making us feel alive. Who would’ve thought that one year and 11 months later, I would find myself updating my resume and hard-selling my core competencies to companies, which I would really to be part of, or which I only applied to due to that green mark in Jobstreet that says “Matches your expected salary?”
Although I don’t have any “regrets” about being retrenched, simply because I know that I’ve made the most out of my (almost) two years of tenure in the company, I’m still human and the thought of unemployment had become stressful at some point.
But just like the old times, I tried my best to not feel jaded. Yes, I’ve had my “I don’t want to work anymore” moments. I also thought of just putting up my own business, or of becoming a full-time freelancer, of becoming my own boss. However, the better part of me remained positive that something will happen soon, and so it did.
About three weeks ago, I was informed by a company consultant about their intention of hiring me.
It took a while before it sank in. Oh yea, I’m beginning yet another chapter in my professional life. In fact, it took me a while before I made my decision on this, which became possible because the job offer took weeks to reach me.
But this is it. One week from now, I’ll be meeting and working with new people again. I will be working in an industry that I’ve never been involved in before. Everything will feel brand new. The thought of the newness of things make me anxious, but just the same, it makes me all the more excited. More than the idea of earning on a regular basis again, I was sold to this job due to the job description. It’s a promising post, opened up to suit my experiences, and I couldn’t wait to just do it. Perhaps, this is me being over-optimistic. I know that this new job will require determination, passion, and time - a lot of it. However, I’ve always been ready for challenges, like I always say.
As I get older, I try to think that my value as a person only becomes greater if I set bigger goals and achieve things that are relevant. This is the state of mind that I’d like to keep while I adjust to the new job and perhaps while I continue to learn about the industry and to be good at what I do.
This new beginning may not be as welcomed as some other beginnings that I’ve had in the past because it came about due to the end of something that I didn’t intend or want or hope to end, but that’s life. Just like the line in my 6th Grade graduation speech, which I picked up from a song, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” A chapter of my professional life had ended unexpectedly, which was a sad moment. But weeks after, here I am again feeling thankful, nervous, enthusiastic, and hopeful for a new start. :-)
(Dress - Random OL shop; Coat - Bayo; Boots - Dr. Martens; Lipstick - Russian Red)