Just over 15 years ago , I was thinking of doing exactly the same, so I did. If you are thinking of changing too, I hope my story helps you...
We had just come back from almost a month off in France - our annual lifesaving holiday required to recharge exhausted energy levels and spend much needed time reconnecting the family, so we were ready to do it all over again for another year.
For the previous two years, my growing sense of disquiet turned from a quiet whisper of discontent to a shout, Post holiday blues kicked in big time, the shout became a roar and this time, enough was enough. And it wasn't just me feeling it, my husband was too.
We realised that we were fed up with the hamster wheel existence we were living - working far too hard with the inevitable squeeze of career on family life, unhappy with the way our children were being fast tracked into adulthood, and fed up with maintaining the excessively high financial burden needed to have a decent quality of life in the South East of England.
So we set about swapping a career for a life ...
It's that time again when we make decisions and set resolutions for the different parts of our life for the coming year.
If you are still working on yours, Robert Waldinger's recent Ted talk on the Harvard 75 year study of what it takes to live a good life provides a great perspective from which to work.
Wishing you career happiness and health in 2016 from all at Career Alchemy.
Thinking of changing jobs next year? If so, you will be joining millions of other professionals doing the same in 2016, dubbed the "Year of Talent War" and "Candidate Power" in CV-Library's new survey, highlighted by the HR Review this week.
So how do you identify what needs changing so you can make the right choices and find the best opportunities to ensure you have a happier, and more successful working life next year?
These seven career evaluation questions, taken from our INSPiRE Career Development Programme, will help you identify what needs changing and give you the key to unlocking your best future in 2016.
When you love what you do, people can't help noticing. It shines through your actions.
A week ago, on a day when the world was reeling from terrorist attacks in Paris, I felt one person's love for her work first hand.
There's no doubt about it, as mind mechanic, Dr Steve Peters, pointed out so eloquently in his book, The Chimp Paradox (see below), we all have Chimp Brains. Sometime our inner chimp, responsible for our basic survival instincts, serves us well, and sometimes...
Well, let's be frank, it can decide to play up a bit and as a result, totally derail our efforts.
Interviews are just one of those settings when the stress of the occasion can get the little chap or chapess running amok, but there are some tried and tested ways to get the better of him or her.
Just over 15 years and a month ago in September 1999, almost to the day, I was sitting at my desk in a beautiful Sussex barn we were renting as our office, putting the finishing touches to the front cover design of a sales and marketing technology magazine which I had co-founded a few years before.
My computer screen showed the full cover for the October issue in all its glory, complete with the picture of a hamster in a wheel turning at speed under the headline: "Break free with technology".
Why a hamster in a wheel you may ask?
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