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The Cooking Chook ditches the corporate life

This post has come quite late. I actually ditched corporate life about 4 months ago, but I haven’t had an opportunity since quitting work to be able to reflect on what has happened. Why did I ditch the corporate life? To make an extremely long story short, I quit the corporate life to pursue a career in Medicine. I decided very late last year, that I would quit work to go back to being a full-time student. I’ve always wanted to be a Doctor, but things didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted (they never do, do they?). I’ve ended up taking the scenic route, and I still haven’t quite reached my destination yet. If you’re interested in a bit more background to my story, check out this previous post. Here are some musings on the last six months in the life of The Cooking Chook….

Things I won’t miss about corporate life

  • Having to work ridiculous hours, and not being remunerated for them because you’re on a salary.
  • Flying around the country at ridiculous hours of the day, and still having to work a full day.
  • Working with numb-nuts that make you think how on Earth did they get their job.
  • Annual performance and 90 day plans. These reports were the bane of my existence. I had to put to paper what work I was going to be doing over the year, and then every quarter.
  • Being asked to deliver a piece of work that will take you weeks, possibly months to do, in a matter of days.
  • Corporate speak. Some of the phrases that really give me the irrates include:
    1. We’re going to be restructuring.
    2. How does that sound to you?
    3. ‘What’s in scope’, and ‘what’s out of scope’.
    4. Before we can do anything, we need a scoping document.
    5. Sorry, we didn’t consider that because it wasn’t in scope.

If I ever hear the word ‘scope’ ever again, I’ll scream!

Things I will miss about corporate life

  • The money. I won’t lie, having an income does make life a little easier, despite the hardships at work.
  • Flying around the country and seeing places I wouldn’t normally see if I didn’t travel for work.
  • Corporate perks, e.g. nice hotels, nice meals at nice restaurants, corporate credit card.
  • My work teammates. I worked with a pretty special bunch of women who were a lot of fun and not at all bitchy (which is weird for women, right?).
  • Walking to and from work everyday. The Uni that I go to is a fair distance away from home, so I either drive or catch the bus. I used to walk 5kms everyday.
  • The food! Working in the CBD meant that I was spoilt for choice when it came to food, and my favourite food trucks would park right outside my office every Friday. I really miss my food trucks 😦

Things I love about being a student

  • I get to learn about things I’m really interested in EVERY SINGLE DAY! This probably sounds weird, but I absolutely love studying!
  • Student discounts – need I say more?
  • Hanging out with kids at least 10 years younger than me, and they have no idea how much older I am than them. The kids that I’ve worked with are really great, and they are so much fun to hang around. It makes you feel quite young at heart again.
  • The student lifestyle. After being in the workforce for more than a decade, studying full-time at Uni is a breeze. I’ve even overloaded on the topics I’m studying this semester, and I still have Fridays every week free!
  • Not having to wear business gear everyday.

So, all in all, I feel like I’ve made the right decision about quitting work and going back to studying. I may be in a worse off position financially (only temporarily), but I’m so happy. Not having to work and study at the same time has also given me more time to do other things I love, like cooking, baking and spending time with my family and friends. I haven’t felt this good about life in such a long time. Right now, life is pretty awesome!

So, dear readers…. Have you ever dropped everything to chase a dream? Was it a good or bad decision?

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2 thoughts on “The Cooking Chook ditches the corporate life

  1. I’m so proud of you babe. I’m still chasing my dreams too. I have every confidence we’ll both get there 🙂

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