Throughout my entire nine-year career working in marketing communications, I have been driven by passion for what I do.
I had only accepted roles that I was excited about, ones that spark a fire, where you leave a job interview thinking 'I would love working here!'. I’m driven by the opportunity to learn (including the chance to fail), I thrive within a social environment and I’m most productive when I’m busy.
But I can honestly say that I have never been driven by money.
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I have quite a broad resume, which I owe partly to a previous (wonderful) manager, who gave me the following advice early in my career whilst I was working in the travel industry; 'It doesn’t matter how many industries you choose to work in, focus on the core set of skills you want to develop.'
Some people aren’t comfortable with that and prefer to streamline their career within one profession – and that is absolutely fine too, it’s what works for you.
Earlier this year, I began to feel stagnant about the role I was in. It felt like a literal hamster wheel; walking into work, working on the same project as the day before, leaving, and then doing it all again the next day. I had brilliant colleagues, some have become my closest friends, but I could sense my passion was fading after nearly two and a half years, with a lack of prospect to promote or challenge myself.
I decided to do something I had never done before – contact a recruiter.
They were very helpful, and within a few weeks I had interviews lined up. I was offered a communications role that was a seemingly pleasant opportunity, but not one that I would usually have been motivated to dive into. However, it paid over 60 per cent more than my salary at the time. 60 per cent! Was this what I should have been getting paid at this point in my career? I’m not one to leave a stone unturned, so I accepted it to find out.