As I mentioned in my blog post “Family VS Funds – An Observation”. I currently work in the IT business. Specifically working with people to transform data into information.
Previously I worked in a client facing role which saw me and my colleagues travelling the length and breadth of the UK, with the occasional jaunt to Europe and the Americas. The work for which, we were fairly remunerated.
However after moving house, our head office was a good 40 minute drive each way, and most of our clients were a 1-2 hour journey away.
After a year of living out of my suitcase 5 days a week, including times where I would get home after 7pm, and be back out on the road before 6am. I decided despite working with some of the best and smartest people/co-workers/friends I could imagine, the lifestyle just wasn’t for me!
I decided to shift gears, and found a similar role, working for a company in the same town as my residence, a family run company where all of my “clients” would be internal/co-workers with the only travel being the very rare site visit to another of facilities.
Whilst my salary did not increase/decrease by more than 2% in an industry where 6-8% pay increases are not uncommon, I went from a situation where I was working and commuting on average 11-12 hours a day on a 40 hour working week, to working and commuting on average 9-10 hours a day on a 36.5 hour week. Including 50 minutes of exercise, as I was now able to ride my bicycle to work.
I also benefited from an early finish on a Friday which meant I was able to beat my other half home from work by a couple of hours, do a lot of our weekend chores before they arrived home, and also increase my personal research and development time, giving us more of our free time as a couple back. As opposed to my previous routine which could see me fall through the front door at 7pm, having a quick drink and dinner, before hitting the hay and counting down the minutes until that dreaded Monday morning.
The change of jobs hasn’t been all roses of course, as the career progression isn’t as unlimited in my new role meaning my projected future earnings have taken a big hit, and I have lost touch with some of the newer technologies my former co-workers are playing with. But at the end of the day I believe those of us who haven’t found that fabled job they love, should take actions to ensure that our jobs are part of our lives but not our entire lives!
No one dies wishing they had spent more time in a suit in an open plan office, looking at a computer screen, and less time with their loved ones…