Dream Job Ready
What to do if you feel like you’re in the wrong job or working in the wrong industry | EP47
Welcome to a Quick Take episode of the Dream Job Ready podcast!
Are you feeling unsure about your career choice? Starting to feel like you're in the wrong job or wrong industry? My guest from Episode 31, Michelle Battersby, whose past roles include Country Manager at Bumble and CMO at Keep it Cleaner, admits she's had thoughts like that in the past and acted on them, and admits she expects to get them again at some point in her career down the line.
In this bite size episode, I share some of Michelle's advice from her long form interview in Episode 31.
Here's the transcript:
Dane Sharp (Host):
Are you starting to feel like you’re in the wrong job or working in the wrong industry? You're going to want to keep listening to this episode...
Hello and welcome to a Quick Take of the Dream Job Ready podcast.
This 1 minute 40 second snippet comes from Episode 31, with guest, Michelle Battersby, who was then-CMO of online fitness company, Keep It Cleaner.
Michelle has had a busy career with several key job and industry changes, so during the interview I asked her why, what and how she made the leap from HR roles in the finance and banking industry to being Director of Marketing for the Woman centric dating app, Bumble.
Michelle gives simple and relatable advice, which helped her get the opportunity to first connect with Bumble founder, Whitney Wolfe Herd.
Side note... You would have likely heard Whitney’s name mentioned plenty in the news this year after she took Bumble public on the Nasdaq in February, which made her the world’s youngest self made female billionaires at age 31. A good person to connect with!
Here’s Michelle recalling how that career change went down:
Michelle Battersby (Guest):
I remember having this inner feeling - just this voice that kept saying to me, ‘you're way better at something else than this. There is something out there that you're meant to be doing that you're not doing’. I just had this feeling that I hadn't found the right thing yet, and then it was as soon as I began acknowledging those inner thoughts and feelings that opportunities started coming to me. I do hate giving this advice, because it sounds really, you know, “woo-woo” and it's not really theoretical or tangible, but I really do believe what you put out is what you get back, and as soon as you start looking for things and start talking to people honestly about what you're going through and the fact that you you're looking for something else and you're not sure what it is, and you're exploring other ideas, it doesn't matter if you speak to one person or 10 people, that one person or all those 10 people, could remember what you've said and come back to you at some point. And that's exactly what happened for me, and I ended up being offered the Bumble opportunity, which may be once in a lifetime, but it was a friend that I'd spoken to and she remembered me saying I wasn't sure I was enjoying what I was doing, and the next time we spoke three months later she came to me with an introduction to chat to Whitney [Wolfe Herd].
You have absolutely nothing to lose in talking to people or putting things out there, you only have something to gain.
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