I am currently finding myself at career crossroads.
I quit my job.
There, I said it! I finally got it off my chest.
I was brought up to think that a person who finds himself at this station is considered a loser. I grew up in a society which dictated that you finish school, find a job, then climb the corporate ladder and rise to the ranks of a supervisor or a manager — or whatever it was that you’re supposed to shoot for.
This is how “success” is measured, they said.
Well, I’ve actually done that. I was even called a “high flyer”.
But I shrugged off the accolades, emigrated and started at a lower end of the food chain elsewhere. Even after the dot-com bubble burst I jumped back on the hamster wheel and laboured on; at no point did I doubt that the telecommunications/IT industry was anything but the most exciting sector to be in.
Yet here I am, suddenly finding myself at an intersection.
Is this where I wanted to be when I grow up? How did I get here?