Why I had to quit my job to start again;

Perth houses I valued < 3

Five months ago, I made this post, saying how I was quitting property valuations for the mean time. At the time, I had no idea what I would do next but I did not see valuations in my near future.

Leading up to that moment five months ago, I was feeling frustrated and extremely burnt out. Sure, full time work and uni for three years was tough but then going straight into studying for a valuers licence in the summer time wasn’t my idea of fun. I wanted a break to enjoy summer in Perth because I’ve literally been ‘go go go’ ever since I moved to Perth eight years ago. But I also wanted a pay rise so money won in the end.

New development inspections call for a mirror selfie!

My boss was right, getting my valuers licence was SO worth it. I got the time flexibility I so badly craved. I worked my own hours & worked from anywhere I wanted. But there was still something missing.

So October 2014, I quit my job. I went to Queensland and Bali, spent some time in Perth and then moved to Melbourne. I’ve had a love affair with Melbourne for over five years so the move was well overdue. At first, it wasn’t easy. I was seriously doubting the timing of the move, wishing I had stayed with the original plan which was to move at the end of summer.

But as luck would have it, I instantly got a job with my old firm, where the office was situated 5 minutes from my house. At first, I chose to work decreased hours, making the most of my weekends and weeknights. After doubting the timing of the move the first two months, all of a sudden there was a massive re-structure in the firm and a really desirable position was made available to me.

If I think back to March last year, I didn’t even want my residential valuers licence, but all of a sudden, here I am applying for my commercial valuers licence.

My work friends (and boss) in Perth will be extremely surprised to hear this but what can I say, a lot has changed in the last five months. A change of scenery here in Melbourne has been so good for me but I think I also needed a break to stop and think about why I was doing what I was doing and what it is I enjoy.

First place I got to value in Melbourne: a converted chocolate factory!

And as I was looking for other jobs in Melbourne, it made me realise how good I had it. Valuing properties gives me the time flexibility I need but also the holiday flexibility as well. Will I change my mind again in 12 months time? Who knows. What I do know is that I have an incredible opportunity in front of me here in Melbourne with four directors that are SO willing to help me in any way they can and that’s one awesome feeling!


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