If You Want A Change, Throw Yourself Into It And Crack On With Andrew Levitt

After starting his apprenticeship at the local council and moving to the local NHS trust as an IT support officer, Andrew handed in his notice after 6 years without a plan.

Which just happened to be the best plan of all.

After exploring a number of routes, he found himself working in London as a cocktail master.

 

Andrew’s Key Points

  1. Nobody should be scared of quitting their job
  2. You’ve got to explore options
  3. If you put your mind to it and knuckle down and do it, anything is possible.
  4. If you want a change, throw yourself into it and crack on.

 

Guest links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/supermankent1
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/andrewlevitt/

 

Top quotes

  • Whilst I was there, I worked myself up from an IT guy to a senior IT support officer.
  • I ended up installing new electronic patient records system, the first in the country.
  • We made it work and now its being rolled out across the country. It took me two years to put it in place.
  • At one point we had 14 systems and we wanted to bring it all into one.
  • I felt I wasn’t getting any recognition and other people were taking credit for my hard work.
  • Why am I doing this? Slaving away and busting my guts and getting nothing for it.
  • There were times when I was doing 70 overtime and I was just expected to do that.
  • It started affecting my personal life and once it got to that stage, I’d had enough.
  • It was just a Wednesday at work and I thought, you know what, I’ve had enough.
  • I typed my notice then and there, handed it to them and said I’m done.
  • They tried to make me stay but it was too little too late. There was no reason to stay.
  • I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I just left.
  • You shouldn’t be scared of leaving your job.
  • Once I left, I had a rest to get some feeling back and reflect.
  • My first job was a barista which gave me the taste of being customer facing.
  • I like the interaction with people.
  • I kind of look like a Jack sparrow wannabe.
  • Just the people from head office didn’t like my appearance.
  • They banned me from using the coffee machine.
  • I was doing some part time work in a bar and I loved it.
  • Explore options, try anything and everything.
  • I looked on the internet and found a course in London, which I booked on.
  • I moved to London and stopped in a hostel for four weeks.
  • I had to learn 125 cocktails before the end of the course I know them all by heart.
  • We had a course of 15and 4 people left in the first week, it was that intense.
  • I had an email and asked to do a trial shift in London in two days and I’d just got back.
  • I did half an hour and they were that blow away, they gave me a job straight away.
  • This career I’ve taken is more of a life skill because I can work in any bar.
  • People thought I was crazy
  • When I go to work it’s not work, it’s fun.
  • If you don’t enjoy it, what’s the point?
  • I’m the guy who gets up at 2 pm, goes to work at 4 pm, get’s home at 5 am and has an awesome time.

 

Key timestamps 

  • 0:31 – In the NHS
  • 3:00 – A milestone for the NHS and me
  • 4:43 – No recognition
  • 5:05 – Why am I doing this?
  • 6:38 – Doing something about unhappiness
  • 7:50 – They tried to make me stay
  • 8:36 – Not knowing what I wanted to do after my notice.
  • 10:09 – Having a rest
  • 10:40 – Some stepping stones
  • 12:35 – being banned from using the coffee machine
  • 13:41 – A part-time bar job
  • 14:45 – Exploring options
  • 16:00 – Cocktails
  • 22:08 – Displaying skills
  • 23:15 – A series of fortunate events
  • 25:07 – Making an impression
  • 27:45 – Whats the point? You have to be happy
  • 29:49 – The biggest thing