learning to trust my own opinions and expertise
Kudos to this guy for knowing what he wants!
Me? I’m nowhere near so certain. I love the job I have – the team I work with, the staff I manage, the work I do, my boss even! I enjoy the freedom and flexibility it gives me – I come in late every Monday & Friday so that I can do school drop offs, I don’t have to panic about taking time off for my family if I need it. So, the work/life balance is pretty good – I don’t feel like either family or work are missing out (well, you know, no more than the usual guilts, anyway).
But then, on the weekend, I received an email job alert for another position at my university. A level higher, with a different unit: an Executive Officer role. I certainly wouldn’t be a shoe-in for the role, but I do think that my skills and experience would make me competitive, and well, I am ambitious. Yes, I think that I can say that out loud: I am ambitious and I am good at what I do.
But the question remains as to whether this is the right time to make a move. Family life is settled, I have a social life, I have me-time. And I have these things because I have reached the point in my current role where I can put that focus on myself at the same time as knowing that I am doing a good job at work.
And.. we’re thinking about moving house later in the year.. and.. my youngest will be starting school next year.. and..and.. and.. Let’s face it, I’m scared of failure – not that I will fail to get the job, but that I will fail within it. That I will have given up something great for something not-so-great.