Thursday, April 21, 2011

Career change

So, for the past few months I've been going on and on about my career change. I went to real estate school, got my license, and scored a position as a buyer's agent on a very successful real estate team. Every day is a new experience as I pick up different nuances of real estate.

But the other day as I was thinking about my life over the last 6 months, it occurred to me that I've made a complete career change... a career change!

I think a lot of people (including myself) throw that term around without really understanding its true weight.

It can be stressful and traumatic just to change jobs within the same industry. People frequently lose sleep (literally) over promotions or moving to a different company within the same industry.

Then, of course, in sales you have the added stress of when you'll actually sell something so you can get a commission check.

Yet, for some reason, I've acted as if changing careers wasn't that big of a deal. I thought of it as what I needed to do in order to move on. I didn't want another job like I had before. I wanted to really enjoy my work, so I went about retraining myself to become a realtor. Then, I didn't just affiliate with a brokerage, I sought out 1 of the most successful real estate teams in the area and explained to the lead agent that I wanted to join the team.

Its as if I fully expected it to all work out. A concerned friend questioned my new career choice due to all the real estate doom and gloom heard on TV "news" shows. (I use the term "news" quite loosely here.) My response: "I have no plans for anything but success." Now, that may sound as if I had no back-up plan, and I guess that's pretty much the truth. I'm only planning to be successful so I don't feel that I need a back-up plan.

But perhaps subconsciously I knew my career change was a big deal. Several times I've woken up at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning after a stressful dream, and then been unable to fall back asleep because I can't stop thinking about work. Its not that I'm worried or stressed about it, I just can't seem to stop going through all the mental gymnastics in my head.

But I am really, really enjoying my work now. I love real estate and I love working with people so I'm certain I'm doing the right thing.


A Lewis said...

Change is good. Refreshing, reinventing is good.

tornwordo said...

I kinda feel the same. Although I'm still teaching, it's a whole new area and milieu. I don't think I'll destress for the rest of the year. A little part of me is jealous though, I love real estate too. And travel. People always tell me I should be a travel agent even though that seems to be a dying industry. niggles in the back of my mind.