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3 Things that Helped Me Through Job Transition

By Ana Gabršček, Employer Branding, Talent Acquisition & Future of Work Associate at Competo

Introducing #9 in #TeamPTHR’s Unorthodox and Unplugged blog series. Brought to us by Ana Gabršček, a PTHR friend and collaborator, and HR enthusiast based in Slovenia. Today she shares some reflections on her journey transitioning jobs and what proved to be most important along the way.

 

 

I’ve recently decided to change my job. Even though research shows that most people do so because of bad relations in their team/with their boss, that was not the case with me. Quite the opposite: I decided to leave a team of people that I really enjoyed working with and leadership that trusted me and gave me as much freedom as I could ask for. My main motivation to do the switch was content – I really want to explore HR from a different perspective.

 

Taking all the above into account you can probably imagine that the decision was not an easy one. These are three things that I realized in the process and will surely come handy in any situation requiring a tough decision.

 

Business, but personal. But still business.*

*inspired by a quote “Same, same, but different. But still same.” from movie “The Interview” 

 

Being so closely connected to both people and specific tasks at my job, I do feel very engaged and loyal to the company. So when I started thinking about change, I felt as if I was betraying all my coworkers. I had thoughts like “I am going to let them down if I do this,” or “they gave me so much, I should stay…” which damaged my already shaken determination and made me feel stressed and nervous.

 

It took me a while to realize changing jobs is after all a business decision. Of course there are feelings involved, but a sensible person understands such situations as an opportunity to grow (both for the company and individual). When I was able to draw a line between personal (I can still maintain and even deepen friendships I formed at work) and business (moving on is a logical next step in my career) I felt much more confident about the step. Equally important was the feedback I got from my leaders: sadness but support. Not only does this kind of reaction make the leaving process much easier, it also makes me a company ambassador forever. 

 

Dealing with FOMO

 

I get really excited about future plans and business opportunities. Therefore, I faced some FOMO (fear of missing out) when deciding whether to make a change or not. There were still so many opportunities to go after! So many things to learn from so many great people! Should I just leave it all behind? Needless to say, this bothered me even though my rational self knew there would be many opportunities at my new job as well. 

 

To show myself that it’s not about missing out but about experiencing and learning the same things in a different setting, I tried to imagine the possible opportunities within both contexts and see whether one and/or the other was progressing in my desired direction. As soon as I realized that both options lead me to professional and personal growth, I left FOMO behind and got excited about the future again. 

 

Community a.k.a. safety net

 

Being surrounded by supportive people in the transition time is priceless. Not only do I appreciate the advice and various points of view from my family, friends and colleagues, I am also grateful for the “reality check” they continue to give me. Changing jobs is a big thing, but it’s not unusual and there are many people going through this. No one is irreplaceable. Life goes on. As my friend says: it’s not a free fall, it’s a bungee jump – there’s a strong elastic (made of friendship) that always brings you back to your feet.