Yeah, I know the title is such a common cliche but I feel almost overwhelmed with so much change happening at the moment. For a start, I decided to put the picture on the right instead of the left! In the media, there are always stories about Brexit, climate control, equality and diversity. And me! With the girls’ summer holidays almost over along with my self-declared break, the reality of looking for a new job is getting closer.
I thought taking time off over summer would give me the chance to decide what I want to do next and stop rueing over the jobs that I no longer have and wish that I still could do.
I have one very, very ad hoc freelance writing gig which is good to have but is not a steady income. I’ve decided that I’m probably not going to be a very technical writer and I don’t think I have ever imagined being so but I do still like writing about accounts and tax when I can. I will try to do some as and when I can.
I could have my rose-tinted glasses on, but looking back at my previous jobs, I really enjoyed bookkeeping – not just in a practice setting but for one company on a part-time basis. The more I think about it, the more I think I am veering towards that. Although, me being the indecisive person that I am, I also have some other options I’m still contemplating. I have considered finding a social media type role focussing on accountants – a bit of writing, a bit of accounting knowledge and maybe some numbers sounds good. On top of that, I could carry on doing tax compliance work.
Working for myself
I vaguely considered attempting to work for myself again but apart from the flexibility to do school runs, plays, after school activities etc, my heart really isn’t into it. I’m capable of working by myself but just not interested in working for myself. I’m still trying to work out why and once I figure it out I’ll write about it but at the moment working for someone kind of suits me.
Going for interviews
I’ve got just over a week of school holidays left before I start in earnest looking for more work, although I’ve already applied for a few – I couldn’t help myself. I need to reply to one agency who got in touch with me because as soon as he did, I started panicking. The whole process of looking for a job, going to interviews, trying to be professional but authentic got me worried and I guess finishing the last job was quite depressing and is still playing on my mind.
I will do it. I haven’t come this far to give it all up. Staying at home, (unless I’m working) doesn’t appeal to me either. But trying to find a job that will fit around my life rather than the other way round can still be a bit of a struggle. Even though I want part-time work, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to progress, even if it takes longer to get there.
For now, it might not seem like it, but I do feel a little bit clearer than I have been for a while. Since originally writing this post on accountingweb, I’ve narrowed down my options a bit more and have a couple of interviews lined up. Even with the doom of Brexit looming over, hopefully, I will get a job soon and this change will be a good one.
Originally posted on the accountingweb website – https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/community/blogs/lilac1/change-is-the-only-constant