This day four years ago, I was still wobbly from finally quitting my job as a reservoir engineering, after months of deliberation. A few weeks prior, I told my manager that I wouldn’t be renewing my contract. At that time, I’d made a decision to take a leap of faith and leave the world of oil and gas for good. Four years on, and I can honestly say that it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.
My career path is not what you call straightforward. I started working as a reservoir engineer, dabbled in photography for a while, before making a swerve to the world of digital marketing. Career-wise, I feel that I finally get to where I belong, and I’m really content with my choice.
It wasn’t always like this, though. I floundered for a while, and I remember feeling a mix of awe, envy, and panic as I watched my peers climb up the corporate ladder, getting good positions with lots of benefits and great salaries. Meanwhile, I was stumbling around, not knowing how I should build a new career. The only thing I was certain was I didn’t enjoy petroleum engineering, and I didn’t want to have a career in this industry. Better get out while I was still young, I thought.