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