I’ve had a lot of life related posts on here lately, so I’m sorry to my fashionista’s waiting on a post about my latest shopping taboo, but I’m so excited to share that I got a new/old role at work!
Now, you might be wondering what new/old means and I’ll grant you that – since I started this blog I’ve always been a manager and I don’t think I’ve discussed anything about my full time job in general, let alone what I did in my days before then.
Before I was a team manager I used to work as a Business Support Officer in retirement solutions (it’s basically a financial services company that specialises in pensions, annuities and equity release – far from the world of fashion I discuss on here) where I worked in supporting the business with projects within customer experience, ensuring customer documentation was up to date, training, creating and maintaining process notes and handling complex work to support the processing teams amongst various other random stuff that I’m sure you’re not very interested in lol (oh – and a short secondment as a PA in between).
I decided back then that I wanted to venture into the world of management as I was a little bit lonely and wanted to try something new. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED being a manager, but a lot of stuff happened last year and everything with my health had me reconsidering whether I truly wanted to go back to that highly stressful and demanding job. I had some time out between October and December, was signed off and had gone through a phased return to work when I thought I was ready to go back to manage. That was until a couple of days later (luckily before I was due to manage again) that I had a panic attack at work. My head felt that I was good to go, but I don’t think my heart was in it anymore and my body was trying to tell me that.
I was signed off for a couple of weeks and made a really hard decision to step down from the role for the sake of my health. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but it was the right thing for me.
When I came back into work again, I noticed there was a year long secondment available for a Business Improvement Officer (which is pretty much the same as the job I did before, but they made the old role redundant, replaced with this newer one and had created a team of them instead of having them spread across the business) and I knew I had to go for it. I was feeling quite deflated at the fact I’d stepped down, like I had a lot more to offer and remembered how much I’d loved it before and how I’d been doing a lot of work similar since coming back after my time out at the tail end of last year.
So I spoke to my manager, told him what I wanted to do, he was all for it and I went straight ahead and submitted my application.
A week or so went by before I had my interview (you might remember me looking like a boss ass bitch in one of my recent snaps on Insta – I was off for the interview 😉) and although I was a quivering mess before, I felt like the interview went really well!
And on Monday I got a quick message asking me to pop into a meeting room for a chat. I was so nervous as I didn’t want to get my hopes up after a pretty crappy year, but I was beaming from ear to ear when I heard the words “we’d like to offer you the secondment!” I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders, that I was being given another opportunity to be happy again and really show what I’ve got.
On the day of my birthday, I had a feeling that my shitty year was over, twenty-five was the end of a bad ride for me and this happening truly made that clear – I wasn’t even a week into being twenty-six and a great thing had already happened!
Although this is more of a personal life post, there’s one thing I’d like you to take away from it – take a step back once in a while to reconsider what you’re doing or where you’re going in your job. If you’re unhappy in what you’re doing, take action and speak up about it before you get to the end of your tether. We spend most of our lives at work and if you’re not happy or becoming unwell because of a job, IT’S NOT WORTH IT! Your health, happiness and wellbeing is more important than anything – I’ve learnt that and hope you have from this post too.