‘Not realistic’: Wild reason 34yo worker quit six figure job

Chloe Taylor was at the peak of her career, earning six figures, when she decided to quit.

The Sydney lawyer had been practicing law for over six years, but had never really had a “passion” for her profession.

Ms Taylor, 34, lives on Sydney’s north shore and earned between $150,000 and $200,000 a year, but her career did not fulfill her.

Sure, it sounded great on paper, but she wasn’t enjoying it and her frustration at work was starting to affect everything else.

“It got to a point where I realised that I wasn’t really enjoying anything anymore. Ordinary things that I normally enjoyed, like going for a morning swim or trying new restaurants, didn’t give me the same joy anymore,” she told news.com.au.

Ms. Taylor found that the lack of joy in her work was also beginning to affect her health.

“I was also sick quite a lot and very exhausted. I took some time to really think about what needed to change. So the exact timing was probably two years ago, but it took a long time for me to take the leap,” she explained.

When she told her family and friends that she was giving up her career, they were “surprised.”

“My parents were definitely worried, especially because they knew how much hard work I had put into my studies and my work as a lawyer,” she said.

Of course, there were other options. There are many different areas of law to work in and she toyed with the idea of ​​exploring a different niche, but ultimately she realized she would have to put her career on hold.

“I had to take a complete break from practicing law to reevaluate my career goals,” she said.

“The great thing about studying law is that the skills you learn are so transferable and I can always return to the legal profession if I decide I miss it.”

Ms Taylor is not alone in her desire to change careers. In 2023, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 1.3 million Australians changed jobs, the highest rate of career changes since 2012.

At the moment, Ms. Taylor doesn’t have any big plans for her next steps. She didn’t leave law school with the intention of pursuing another career, but so far she’s enjoying being able to focus on her passions for the first time in… well, forever.

“I just launched a fashion accessory brand, ZEIYA. It’s a brooch brand that’s focused on encouraging people to be very creative with their style,” she said.

However, in order to pay her bills, she hopes to find a job in the fashion industry.

“I’m also considering working part-time at a fashion brand, either in content creation or buying. That’s a very different thing from being a lawyer,” she said.

Ms Taylor said she felt the next few months would be all about “discovering herself,” and while some people have suggested she could have gotten a second job and still maintained her employment, she disagrees.

“I just don’t think that’s realistic, especially as a lawyer,” she said.

However, the general reaction has validated her decision. She said so many people have offered her “congratulations”.

“I definitely won’t miss the billable hours of being a lawyer and the constant accounting of my time. The freedom of not knowing what’s coming next is probably the best and most exciting part,” she said.

Of course, this freedom also comes with a certain amount of financial stress.

“This was not a spontaneous decision. I had to plan a lot and cut back on some unnecessary expenses. Goodbye, Netflix,” she said.

She is ready for a change.

“It can be really hard to have the confidence to give up a career path you’ve been pursuing for so long and trust that it’s the right decision. It’s easy to stick with it, get comfortable and not make any changes. But I’m not getting any younger, so now was the time,” she added.

Ben Thompson, CEO of staffing company Employment Hero, said workers were not afraid to leave a job they were tired of.

“The days when employees remained in unsatisfactory positions indefinitely are over. Almost one in ten employees changed employers last year,” he said.

Mr Thompson said employees are constantly evaluating whether they want to stay in their jobs.

“Today’s workers are not afraid to make a quick change if a job does not align with their career prospects and values ​​or affects their well-being.”


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