Switching jobs is always intimidating and many considerations are factored in. Will it help your career? Will you expand your skillset? Is the pay better? A little over a year ago, these were all considerations I had when deciding to leave my former role and start the recruitment process. I had been in a traditional corporate role, doing the same job for about 4 years, and was tired of the same old grind. I craved to do something new and exciting that could take my career to the next level.
The Switch to a New Industry and to Consulting
When interviewing at Publicis Sapient, it was communicated that the role would be dedicated to an oil and gas client. I had zero oil and gas industry experience, so I was concerned. Would I be able to contribute value to the team with no background industry knowledge? In addition, another change for me was to be working as a consultant to the client. This shift in roles is an adjustment as you are presumably signing up for the “consultant lifestyle”, which from my other consulting friends sounded very unglamorous. It puts strains on your relationships with family and friends and people are often overworked and overstressed. Was that the lifestyle I wanted?