Staying afloat financially during a global pandemic has been hard enough. Those of us that have been fortunate to keep working have often done so out of necessity, and if we’re happy, it’s a bigger bonus than any monetary gains. While the security of steady work is a comfort, indeed, what if you need to switch careers during this bizarre era? How about starting a business? There are many reasons for these actions and infinite scenarios due to an individual’s unique circumstances. Let’s take a look at some of those folks that have done just that.
Sue, 44, Nova Scotia
As tough as living day to day living can be, sometimes we need to stand up for ourselves. Our focus this week is on a married mother of two who did just that. Sue was employed as a personal trainer and managed a large gym. In July of 2020, she left due to changes brought about by Covid. She was not happy about how the trainers were being treated. The trainers were being dealt a heavy hand as many members took out their frustrations on them in light of the new restrictions. As hard as the trainers tried to appease members and stick to the guidelines, they were faced with another obstacle; not given adequate supplies to clean and disinfect in accordance with Covid guidelines. Even though these measures were strictly adhered to, Sue had reached a breaking point.
One Friday at work, there was yet another argument for proper cleaning supplies and Sue was ignored. She simply handed in her keys to the facility and tendered her resignation. Wow, that’s quite a move! Especially gutsy considering the circumstances with finding decent work during the global situation we’re in, but her determination would pay off. Within the week, she found a position as an office manager in a multidisciplinary medical clinic where she plans on staying.
I asked Sue about any hobbies or extra curricular activities to get her mind off of the professional career, and her reply was very motivating. “ I am a Ultramarathon runner. Running helps me relax and clears my head. I will be running in the Capes 100 Bluenose and Maritime race again this year if they are not cancelled. I love music. The Offspring, Pearl Jam and Nirvana are the top three bands I listen to.
In keeping with her never say die spirit, Sue also shared some reassurance for those who are considering a change of workplace scenery; “ Don’t stay in a job where you are unhappy. Especially if you are being bullied or where you feel your safety is being put at risk. Don’t risk your health for a job.”
Thank you for sharing your encouraging story, Sue. May you have all the happiness you deserve with your new career!