George Bernard Show once wrote that Life isn’t about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself. Very little happens in our lives unless we take action, so sitting in a job that is frustrating you hoping that something will magically cause it to change for the better is unlikely to happen. The old adage that good things come to those who wait rarely holds true in modern life.
Over the past 6 months I found myself in somewhat of a career rut. I had been managing Viatel’s Service Delivery team for a number of years and once I was honest with myself, I realised I had gone stale and lost my enthusiasm for the role. French author, Mireille Guiliano, hit the nail on the head when she wrote: “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.” I was that established brand within Viatel. I had been there for close on 12 years and found myself seeking out further opportunities and challenges. I wanted a fresh challenge to become alive and vibrant again. I had been involved in intercounty football backroom teams for 10 years and had put my career somewhat on the back-burner during that period. It initially suited me to be in a job I knew well and could do without much stress, but having finished with intercounty football last summer, I reflected on a number of things and quickly realised that I needed a fresh challenge in my professional career. I was too comfortable. That fresh challenge came in the form of a role as Senior Business Development Manager within Viatel.
While I am only 3 months in my new role, making the change has genuinely given me a new lease of “professional” life. I am motivated, enthusiastic and look forward to going to work on a daily basis as each day brings new challenges as you meet new prospects and customers. I am very much a people person and enjoy meeting new people, so interacting face to face with customers on a daily basis gives me energy and a real sense of purpose in my role.
I am lucky that the opportunity was available to me within a great company like Viatel to move into a different role. It was also a role that suited me at that time, as we had just unveiled several new products in the security and storage arenas, so it is an exciting time to be tasked with selling Viatel’s product suite. We still have our traditional voice, connectivity and colocation offerings, but we are working towards becoming a full solutions provider and that is a much more exciting offering to be bringing to IT Managers. Obviously carrying a monthly target brings a different pressure to having customer delivery deadlines to meet, but hopefully hard work and renewed enthusiasm will enable me to be successful in the role. I will also be leaning on many of the contacts that I have made during my 10 years involved in intercounty GAA as I strive to win new business in a competitive marketplace.
If you are currently in a career or a job that is not exciting you, then my recommendation is that you step out of your comfort zone and make a change. Take action even if you are unsure whether it will work out or not. Re-invent yourself. Challenge yourself. While I am not yet quite in the Choose a Job You Love and You Will Never Have To Work A Day in Your Life category, my new role is certainly exciting me and I have renewed motivation around my career and look forward to growing Viatel’s customer base in 2018 while further developing myself professionally. As the old clichéd saying goes “everday’s a school day”.
To conclude, my advice is to take the leap and embrace the change. You never know the difference that moving over one row of desks can make on both your professional and personal life!