Before you say that, I would like to say that I have wanted to leave my marketing and communications field since 2008. This was the reason why I took CFA, Japanese to see if I can leave this entire field. Of course, it didn’t materialize until I explored Learning & Development last year with an EPC company. That stint taught me that even if I do not want a stressful job like my current field, I am not willing to accept an administrative role.
My second career needs to be something that is more meaningful, and be able to start and build something. But I am also aware that I want to specialize in something, or at least be known for a certain expertise and the salary must be sustainable.
I accepted my current job because it was the only role offered to me, and I needed the money. The company is definitely less crazy than my previous company but it presented its own set of challenges. However, I gave up trying to harp on this point because all companies/organisations have their own set of challenges. As long as I am a salaried worker in a company that is profit-driven, I will just do my best since I am paid to do so, and not seek major changes or complained that it should have an overhaul. It doesn’t work when you don’t have any powerful connections, nor are you rich.
Since my current company is in town, I decided to earn money pay my bills and take this time to attend nearby networking events and try to spend this time exploring and writing to a few organisations to explore my second career. Even if my career has come to a stall, it is alright with me since I have no more passion to pursue any more further advancement (well there aren’t any in the first place) in my field.
One area I am very keen to go in is social sector. Of course, I have wondered about social work again but I really don’t wish to enter the community sector field, where pay is low and the work nature is not something I am keen. Divorces, youth issues, domestic violence etc, these doesn’t relate to me as a single so I cannot stand in their position and see from a parent/spouse’s perspective. Medical field seems to be closed so I am a little stuck.
As I look further, I decided to check out sustainability and ESG reporting. However, I soon realized ESG is more for finance/ex bankers, while sustainability.. nah I don’t really want to spend my time checking on water usage, energy usage, staff’s learning hours etc for profit organisations. And I really hate using CSR as a promotional tool. That is disgusting because you are doing good for the sake of making yourself look good.
I know this is a long journey so I rather continue to earn while exploring. All I know for sure is this is my last communications role, and I want to leave my current job and walk into a new job that is totally different and what I want to spend for my last decade of working life before I retire.