We are clearly the epitome of humankind, with all the wisdom of the ages.
So can I ask for advice or experience?
I’m going through a bit of a mid life career crisis. I work in HR, and have done for 20+ years. It wasn’t my career dream, but something I fell into. Nonetheless, I’m generally good at it, and there are some bits in which I excel.
I work in what is usually called Business Partner roles. The poncy version is that I provide human capital advice to CxOs. The less poncy version, right now, is that I have to help people who are so fucking stupid when it comes to people and processes that most issues are a fight.
I’m not sure I like what I do. I think I like HR, but I’m not wedded to it. I’m pretty sure I’m done working with line clients. I like coaching, and I like employee investigations.
I’m 46. I have son for whom I pay a sizeable chunk of child support. It also seems likely that I’ll have to pay for all his college, and that will be a chunk of change too. All that to say the idea of setting up or running my own business may not be viable for 9 years or so. And I can’t wait that long.
Anyone else faced something similar? I also think I’m a bit cheesed off with where I live – not with Sharon, but the geography. So, not entirely clear if a change in geo might help, or simply changing company. Thing is, if I change company and find out it’s truly the job track I hate, I’m imprisoned for a couple of years.
And before you ask: I emailed all this to Sharon so we can discuss the next time we talk – which will be July 4th. So, admirable as you all are, you weren’t my first port of call!