When Considering A New Job Or Career Move, Remember, You Can Always Go Back
Lynn Zhang was in her mid-20s and had already invested over seven years into her hotel industry career. Four were from attending a top hotel management school is Switzerland, and then another 3+ years working for the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai as a top salesperson. Her future in the company and hotel industry looked very bright.
However, when she got an offer from a boutique consulting firm as an entry level Analyst, she didn’t hesitate to take it. “The whole decision process and actual decision to walk away from what I did before and pursue something completely new weren’t that difficult for me,” she recalls. “Actually, The Grand Hyatt is a great company to work for. They gave me great training and experience to start my career. They weren’t the problem. I just felt that I wanted to do more than just talk about room rates and seasonal specials all day. I wanted to be involved in business situations and contribute to solving real business problems with clients.
Actually, from my years in recruitment, I meet many people who are doing well in a well-known company, but who aren’t very connected to or excited about the industry, job function, or career path they’re on. They want to do something that’s more challenging or interesting to them.
Still, it’s a difficult decision and huge move to make a big career change for anyone. In Lynn’s case, I asked her how she got herself to leave behind something she was very successful at to pursue something much different with an unknown future. She mentioned two things.
“Because I had a very good track record of performance, I didn’t feel I was taking such a big risk,” she said. “If for whatever reason I didn’t like this new job, or sucked at it, I knew I could always do hotel sales again. And if that happened, whatever I learned from the different challenges I faced would make me even better at doing hotel sales and interacting with clients.
“I was also still fairly young and early in my career to make a big move. I planned to get married and have a family someday, but at the moment I was single and didn’t have any major financial or family responsibilities. So if there was a time to focus on my career, this was it.”
So how did things end up for Lynn? It turns out that she did have a mind and passion for business. From her entry level role, she quickly showed her drive and capability to work on increasingly bigger consulting projects and higher profile clients. Today, eight years later, she’s enjoying what she’s does as a senior manager and top consultant, specializing in TMT-related engagements.
“In the end, I didn’t want to have any regrets later on about what I should have and could have done when I had the chance,” says Lynn. “There would have been nothing wrong with continuing to have a good, steady career in the hotel industry, but that’s not what I wanted. Even though there were no guarantees pursuing something different, there was at least the possibility for me to do something more interesting to me personally for my career. That was very exciting to me. But if by chance it didn’t work out? I knew I could always go back and be successful at what I was doing before.”
Tips For Taking The Leap To Make A Big Career Change
你所处行业的真正风险是什么？ - 尤其是如果你目前积累的不错，成绩显著的话。
What’s the real risk to your career? – especially, if you’ve built a solid track record of achievements and performance in your career to date.
1.新经验和挑战有助于你的成长和进步 - 只要你勇于尝试截然不同的事物，你一定能锻炼出新能力、培养成新品质。
1) The new experience and challenges will help you grow and improve – just by the nature of doing something completely new and different, you’ll develop new capabilities and qualities.
2.你现在所做的每一件事情都是在为将来的成功积累 - 经验本无好坏之分，重点在于你要从失败的经验中学习提升。
2) Everything you do accumulates and adds to your future success – there’s no such thing as bad experience as long as you apply yourself and learn something from your situation.
3.退路永远在那等着你 - 即使尝试失败，你还可以以更加强大优秀的姿态重操旧业。
3) You can always go back – if things don’t work out and you do end up going back to what you did before, you’ll come back stronger and better.
4.勿留遗憾 - 人总会因自己过去的不作为而遗憾，却不会因为已经作出的决定而遗憾。
4) Don’t have regrets – the things you end up regretting most in life are not the things you do, but the things you don’t do.