I realise that most “normal” people’s career objectives are to start at the bottom of the career ladder and work their way up. Or take a degree or two and start in middle management and work up from there. I have worked at the bottom, I have worked at the top & somewhere in the middle, I got my degree. But now, I have made the decision, to descend the career ladder for a while.
Well, it’s been a tough few years.
I loved managing a pub. It’s hard work, it’s long and not always sociable hours, but I loved it nonetheless. We have been messed around, by the last three owners of said pub, and they have put us through hell, including almost making us homeless, underpaying us, sacking me because I needed time off for radiotherapy, and sacking Jonny, because someone else would do the job for less money! We were walked all over and it only made us work harder.
This last year has been the toughest though. I’ve not worked much, due to having Thyroid Cancer (which thankfully I now have the all-clear from!). Cancer has left me both physically and emotionally weak. Since losing my management job, I cannot bring myself to work full time. I barely have the energy to job hunt. I cannot pressure myself to take another position of responsibility, but at the same time, I have to work, to help Jonny support us and our children.
So what have I done?
I have, quite by accident, got myself a new job. Or should I say old job? I have gone back to working in a nightclub I worked in 4 – 5years ago. Promo work and bar work. Highly unsociable hours in a club which doesn’t shut until 6am! But do you know what? I’ve only been back two days, I’m really chuffing
tired destroyed and every part of me aches, but I am loving it already. My bosses are hugely understanding of my situation, and have agreed I can work one night a week, until I build my strength up.
I just want a simple job, one where I can work hard and never get bored.
One where I am not shouldering all the responsibilities, and can take my orders from someone else.
One where signing out at the end of the shift, means I am no longer on duty!
Most importantly, I need a job that will allow me to continue spending time with my family, blogging, writing my book, forming Emma’s Army against Cancer, and running my own business.
And thanks to my Bestest, I am back in my old job.
So in some peoples eyes, I may have taken a U-turn on my career path, stepped down from pub management, and gone back to casual bar work…
…But that, my friends… is exactly what I need right now!