Last week the Guardian had a special report on changing jobs. Handy if you need inspiration. Do it!
I love to hear about people changing careers, particularly when they’re giving up something computer-centric for something a little more physically varied. Whether they’re a friend of mine — Lotti giving up running websites for landscape gardening, Mac going to college to study product design — or a stranger — Polly Sprenger leaving net reporting behind for cabinet making or a friend of my sister’s giving up website copy writing in favour of designing stage sets.
I always imagined, and hoped, that I’d never settle into doing one thing for too long, and perhaps other people making the break helps me realise it’s always possible. Even as I slide deeper into doing nothing but “web stuff” (which I’d never want to give up entirely). You’re never learning so much so fast as when you start something new, and I often find myself thinking “it’d be great to try that…” Kitchen Confidential made me want to be a chef (even though he makes it sound like hell), and Adventures in the Screen Trade is making me want to write movies (even though he makes it sound like hell).
Making the switch gets harder and harder once you settle into the world of mortgages, pensions, and (for some) children. But we’re still young (yes, even you), and there’s always time… G’waan, change jobs and make me feel better!