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What Do I Do Next?

by Scott on July 30, 2015

What Do I Do Next?

Now that I’ve decided that I don’t want to do this forever, what do I do next?

This was the thought that swirled around in my head years ago when I first made my decision. Unfortunately, I got caught up along the way.

What I did do next was go and take some additional training, so that I could expand my horizons into another career. I would work away from home for 21 days straight, come home for my week off and take as many courses as I could. Eventually, I completed my certification and got a job as a Safety Supervisor with a small company in the Oil & Gas Industry.

I was reinvigorated! I was doing something fresh and new and I really felt like I was making a difference. I learned a bunch in the first year and a half of my new profession and unknowingly, I was changing the way that I conducted myself day and day out.

After 18 months with that company, I made a quick pit stop with another company for 3 months and then I was contacted by the company I worked for when I decided to take my safety training.

“Hey Scott, we have a job and we need some safety people, are you interested in coming on?” Four weeks later I was headed up to wonderful Fort McMurray.

Over the next 15 months my career took off. I went from entry level coordinator to the safety manager on the site in 9 months. In under 18 months from my start date, I was offered a position at the corporate office which led to a Senior Management position, leading the safety department for an entire Business Unit.

Incredible, right? I took huge leaps and bounds! Went from being in an entry level position to Senior Management of a multi-billion dollar organization in under 3 years! I must have been ecstatic right? I was… for a while, but then that faded away pretty quickly too.

Pretty soon I was working longer days than I was before. The phone never stopped ringing and the emails never stopped piling up. I felt I was fighting a battle that was impossible to win. I began waking up at 4:00am just so that I would have some time to myself, so that I could get into my own morning routine. That didn’t last long because as soon as people found out that I was up that early, the phone began to ring at 5:00am instead of 7:00am.

Even though from the outside, I had an influential position, in a big organization, and was making more money than I ever had in my life, I was miserable. I didn’t like what my life had become and I needed to make a change.

In January of this year, I took a step towards that change and I let my employer know that April 17 would be my last day of work. I was scared to death of what was going to happen but I was more scared of what would happen to me if I continued on the path I was on.

The world was wide open to me once again. Now, to finally answer that same question that I was faced with so many years ago:

What do I do next?

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