OK, so this post was deliberately vague. But now I’ve got an update and I’m quite happy to share it. 🙂
In early July, I decided I was going to leave my employer. See, whenever I tell my story of how I ended up in Australia, it starts off the same: My friends and I co-founded a non-profit. We were trying to bring IT education to underserved communities. At that time, I was working for a multinational FMCG company and realised that I was just so much more alive and happy when I was working on the non-profit despite the late nights and “lost” weekends and zero pay.
That started off a journey that took me to the California, then Sydney, where I’m now based. I learned so many new things, met a ton of amazing people, and ended up doing things I never imagined. (Sounds cheesy, I know.)
I was attracted to my current employer because they espoused a human-centred process of solving challenges. I had a taste of it when I was in the US, and knew that I wanted to learn more about it. I was lucky enough to join a company which exposed me to and helped me grow in this area, but over time, a part of me started saying… but what about your dream of designing technology to help people learn? Isn’t that what you initially set out to do?
So I started job hunting… but I did it halfheartedly, so I didn’t get anywhere. Then stuff happened and I realised that I had to act now. So I told my employer I was leaving.
The pressure of pending unemployment lit a fire under me. I got really clear about what I wanted, and threw myself into the process. I applied to numerous jobs and reached out to people and companies that were interesting. I hadn’t networked for any of my previous jobs, so networking was all new and uncomfortable to me, but I persisted.
I read an article about how women only apply for a job if they meet the requirements 100%, but men don’t do the same. It made me think… If the employers are looking as those guys’ resumes, then they should be able to look at mine! So I became more creative in my applications. I applied for all the jobs I thought were interesting, even if I may not have 100% of what they were looking for.
It worked — I spoke to a lot of people to see what was out there and get clarity on what I was looking for. It’s funny because before this, I’d only applied to one other job this year. Then in less than a month’s time, I applied to over twenty.
Anyway… I start my new job tomorrow. 🙂 It’s an educational technology role in the non-profit sector. I am so excited to start, super grateful to everyone along the way, and also proud of myself for taking this leap and taking charge of where I was headed.
Funny how things can change in a month!