A couple of months ago I was offered a new job. As the Year of the Yes is all about seizing opportunities and trying new things this seemed like a text book yes – but I said no. So here is why, on this occasion it was right to say no.
First things first, in order to be offered a new job, I obviously applied for one, and therefore must have had some doubt about what I currently do. But, post job offer, it took me a while to realise that a lot of these doubts were unfounded, often other people’s ideas that I started to take on as mine, and on occasion, things that were out of my control.
This is mainly the commute. So many people think I am crazy when I tell them that I travel for an hour and a half to get to work every morning, but for the most part, it doesn’t bother me. My train journey is ‘me’ time. To read, blog, do some essential wedding planning, or more often than not – sleep. And I am not the only person at Northampton Train Station at 7am on a weekday morning so this commuting lark clearly isn’t that crazy after all.
But the biggest factor was, I genuinely love what I do. Don’t get me wrong – like everyone else I have bad days at work and just ask my friends, family (and colleagues!) and they will tell you I moan about the same trivial work stuff that we all do. But my job is pretty good! I feel very fortunate to be working in music, a field that I studied in, but also have a genuine passion for. I have some great colleagues, work in a beautiful setting, and with a whole bunch of talented and enthusiastic student musicians. I spend my time surrounded by music, putting on successful concerts, and for the most part having a pretty great time.
We all go through bad times at work, and this was what I needed to make me re-evaluate what I do, and remember what it is I love about my job. So, I don’t see this as a no to a new job, I see it as a yes to the one I currently have, and love, and the opportunities that I will continue to seize.