So, I have taken a new step in my career.

I like to be a ‘Silver lining to every cloud’ kind of person. I really do believe that there is a bright side to everything. Even in the darkest of times. Looking for the positive can really help with your mental stress. I have been doing this ever since I can remember. It allows me to have some alone time and reflect on my position in life and how my actions have lead me to where I am. That period allows me to take the hard, the good and the unexpected and allow me to recentre my path.

One thing I have come to the conclusion of in my short time here on this mortal plane, is that there are 3 main things in life that are big influences on your mindset. Your relationships with loved ones (Family, Partner, Friends), your personal health, both physical and mental & the one I am keen to talk about here, your CAREER.

In the industry in which I work, 2020 really has been a complete write off so far. Whilst some companies were recruiting actively, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit resulted in many companies being cautious with their approach with their process. When things started to look promising, COVID-19 swept through any remaining hope of things picking up and continuing as normal like a virus, ironically.

My career had stalled, and that of many others. The mental strain Furlough had put on not just me but everyone was unimaginable. Nobody had experienced this before. My primary task in my day to day workings is literally to match people with their desired career. Now, I wasn’t even sure if I had one to go back to.

But tying back into my original statement, I am a ‘Silver lining to every cloud’ kind of person. I was determined to come out of Furlough and this tough period better. I took my time to collate my thoughts. Think about my career and decided that when I was to go back, I would give it my all.

The sad truth however was that I went back and was even more unhappy than I was in furlough. This told me something and meant I needed to do something. Thinking of other organisations and working for them filled my belly with fire. I knew I had to take action.

I took the decision to make a career change. I was unsure of where my next job would come due to the COVID crisis. It was a bit of a weird feeling. I was free but my future seemed bleak. Then, out of the shadows like a knight in shining armour, my now business partner Andy Cook and I had a conversation and determined that it was possible for me to become a part of CG Specialist Recruitment and fast forward two weeks or so, and I am waking up with a bounce in my step and a smile on my face.

I’d like to end by saying this, even in the darkest of times, happiness can be found. If you are struggling for any reason, whether it simply be the pandemic getting on top of you, the struggle of family problems or it be the same as mine and your career is getting you down, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Take a moment to sit back, review your situation and gather your thoughts. After all, if anyone knows you best, its you.

Feel free to get in touch with me for a confidential chat if you have things to get off your chest at or at 020 7344 9007.


Ryan – Lead Recruitment Consultant

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