Things have been a little quiet around here lately…so it’s time for a career crisis update to figure out why!
Earlier this year, I got a bit of a surprise. After switching jobs last October, I was told three months later the plant I was the controller for was being sold. This was the cherry on top of my ongoing career crisis.
Lucky for me, I was informed early that I would still have a job once the transaction was finalized. While it should have given me relief, all it did was make me realize that this company wasn’t the place for me.
Time for a career crisis update.
Career Crisis Update: Where Am I Now?
I knew I needed to make a change. I had to get out of the private-equity world and get back into a smaller, family-owned company. A place where you could focus on making good decisions for the company and employees instead of focusing only on making quarterly/annual numbers.
Fast forward to now – I found that company and I made the switch. I moved from a company operating in 3 countries with close to 2,000 employees to a family-owned company with 35. The switch has gotten me back to doing the things I enjoy most – some day to day activities, leading a team and helping shape the long-term direction of the organization.
Where Am I Going?
I’ve been with the company for four months now and feel like I’ve been there years. I never felt like I belonged in my last position which only fueled my career crisis.
Now? Well, this won’t be the last career crisis update.
I’m still in a career crisis – but it is transforming a bit.
I’m no longer focused on getting out of the 9-5 world as fast as possible. Instead, I’m focusing on creating a well-rounded life. I continue to look for ways to challenge myself and focus on improving my overall well-being.I'm no longer focused on getting out of the 9-5 world as fast as possible. Instead, I'm focusing on creating a well-rounded life.Click To Tweet
I still want to achieve financial independence and I’m still trying to move fast towards it. But it isn’t the only goal anymore.
I want to make sure I am able to enjoy my family, my life, and my work.
So I’m going to keep pushing myself to try new things and make changes to my life outside of the office. I want to get my health in order – a goal that I have never seemed to make a lot of progress on. My stress control needs to continue to keep better – keeping the office at the office. And I need to make sure I’m more present at home, instead of falling into the “always on my phone” trap.
There is another big reason to push to for these changes:
Our family of three is turning into a family of four in March!
If I want a chance at being a good father and husband when our family gets bigger, I need to spend more time working on myself now so I can be more available for my family.
So what does that mean for Career Crisis Accountant?
Not a lot. I’ll still be writing about financial independence but I’m going to focus more on working on yourself to enjoy life more. There will be a lot of examples from my real life – trust me, I have a lot I need to work on!
I’ll still be putting together helpful guides on helping accountants better their life, similar to my guide on stress. I’ll also be talking about ways to make office life a bit more enjoyable so you don’t have the 8-10 hours of your day you are stuck in the office while pursuing your financial freedom. You will even get another career crisis update or two as I continue to figure mine out.
I’ve learned that you need to take care of yourself first if you want to accomplish big things. You need to take care of your health and continually challenge yourself.
I’m still in a career crisis – just a little less than before.