posted on Jan, 13 2016 @ 02:54 PM
ATS has become my extended family. I come here on a daily basis to catch up on current events, and to participate in the conversation on various
topics that are important to me.
Because ATS is such a big part of my life, I wanted to share.
I’ve heard “if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”. I think there is some truth to that – but some dreams are just not
meant to be. For years I have been consulting and working with an individual who is very unique and talented in his field. He has met with everyone
from Senators, to Hopi leaders, to even a few B-list celebrities. But I’ve been conflicted about taking a big leap of faith, which will require me
to leave my current job to transition to working with another organization, on work that isn’t really related to what I’m doing now (although
there are many transferrable skills, and I do possess the credentials to make this career change) .
Anyway, for a long time I have thought that this was kind of “just for fun”, something I enjoy and am good at, but could never be a full-time
job. I no longer feel this way about it.
The quick and dirty explanation is that the organization I will be transitioning into executes federally sponsored research & development programs in
the biotech. industry.
Now, there have been so many obstacles preventing me from making this transition. One of the biggest is the fact that my immediate family members
don’t fully support this move – I’m close with my family even though I live in another state, and I typically will involve them (or at least
clue them in) in my big life decisions. Up until recently I was reluctant to make this switch primarily because of my family’s viewpoints.
I realize that, although they may not agree with it, this is something that I need to do, and hopefully something that will be good for me. The MOST
important thing is that I believe in it, and am willing to go after it.
The next biggest obstacle is the fact that most of the labs and offices under these programs are located too far away (I’m on the east coast of the
US, and the biggest demand is for programs on the West Coast). But I’ve been talking with my contact (the primary individual I work with), and with
a bunch of sites going active in the next few months, there are plenty of opportunities for me to do this AND stay on the east coast – I’m pretty
damn excited about that.
I’ve had dreams about talking over my “career change” with my father, who is strongly opinionated and who I have had a tough past with. But in
the dreams, overall he seems supportive. In real life, not as much. But as I mentioned before, this is something I believe in with all of the
substance of my being, and I know I would never forgive myself if I don’t at least try to go for it.
I’m also in a very serious relationship, and my significant other has another year + of school to finish before she can move anywhere. I am trying
to work out logistics so that I don’t have to live too far away, or can work remotely, but if that doesn’t work out I also don’t see this as
something that will stop me from moving forward.
It’s scary to think about family and significant others being upset about this decision.. not to mention leaving my current job where I’ve been at
for 5+ years. I’ve committed to being a project leader for some large upcoming projects at my current employer, which should be completed by the
end of the summer (mid August it sounds like). I’m also a renter, and my lease here runs out around that same exact time.
At this point in time I hope to be making that transition. This should also give me and my colleague time to figure out logistics for a smooth(ish)
transition. And in the meantime, I’m coaching myself, journaling, reflecting, and just trying my very best to stay focused, stay productive, and
not scare myself out of it.
If anyone has any thoughts or feedback about this I’d definitely appreciate it – but I really just wanted to put this in writing and share with my
ATS friends. Thank you everyone at ATS for being here and for sharing all of the great information found on ATS. Thanks for reading and hopefully by
next year at this time I can update everyone on the career change and new life chapter.