Young Money: Bye-bye, comfort zone
blog by Caitlin Campbell McNulty • October 08, 2013 @ 10:41am
Change is hard. Change can be good. Sometimes things change when you least expect it. And, sometimes change is exactly what you need in your life.
Don’t worry, I’m not talking about White House politics—I’m talking about life. Specifically, mine.
I recently took the plunge and left my position at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and made a – you guessed it – change. I recently accepted, and started, a job at the University at Buffalo in the School of Management’s office of alumni and external relations.
The decision to leave what was safe and comfortable to take on a new challenge was not easy. Let’s be honest, no one really likes change; it’s just something we all deal with. Some people don’t like it one bit. Others are energized and intrigued by the new and unknown. Personally, I tend to think I fall into the second category (just ask my family).
Throughout the course of our life and our careers, we will be faced with difficult decisions and choices. In the working world, that is especially true of the “young money” generation.
Our parents’ generation, which certainly includes some of the current corporate leadership, look at a long career in one company as a badge of honor. They feel it shows loyalty, commitment and a willingness to work hard for the company no matter what. They look at our generation’s job-hopping and shake their heads. They don’t understand.
But you know what? That’s okay. We understand. I still feel loyalty and commitment to my employer. I just might feel that same loyalty and commitment to more than one (or 10) employers over the course of my career. It doesn’t mean that I am any less hardworking or dedicated to the organization. Sometimes, it just means I am ready for a change.
Don’t let fear of judgment from current leadership hold you back. If a new opportunity comes across your path, don’t be afraid to jump in head first and see what you can do.
You’ll only learn how far you can go by pushing yourself to do more and better. Change can be a very positive thing in your life, as long as you are comfortable with your decision at the end of the day.
It took me a few days of soul searching, pro-con lists and reflecting to come to the decision to step into the unknown and make my change. As you get older, the decision to move on becomes harder – and it should. Make sure you are always balancing all aspects of a decision to switch jobs or careers when you make your decision. And remember, the grass isn’t always greener, so be sure you are making the best choice for you and your life.
It’s hard to believe that I started at UB a week ago today. That week has already flown by and, so far, my choice to make a change is turning out pretty well.
How do you handle change? Is it something big and scary or fun and exciting? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.