All in the space of five weeks last year I went from working 5 days a week as an HR Advisor to becoming something that Dan Pink calls a Free Agent. I transitioned out of an HR Generalist Role into several different roles which required a set of skills a lot wider than the ones I was using. After being a big fan of flexible approaches to work, side projects, social entrepreneurship & the concepts mentioned in the four-hour work week I was thoroughly looking forward to this new lifestyle and approach to work.
I had different titles for each of the different projects I was commencing. These included titles such as a social entrepreneur, digital strategist, director of operations & consultant. Now I think it’s important to point out that I never expected to transition careers so early in my working life but my passion for lifelong learning, or #eternalgeekery as someone calls it, always meant that my eyes would wander from time to time.
This is a topic that I’ve wanted to explore for quite some time & that I haven’t covered on my site before. Luckily I was recently approached by Mel Gleeson, a student from RMIT in Melbourne, who was looking at the topic of career transitions. The following is an interview that I did as apart of her assignment.