Navigating Change; from Chemist to Communicator

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Navigating Change; from Chemist to Communicator

Yes, I switched careers.

And now, I’m regretting it😒.




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As we round up October and get set for November, I thought of nothing better to share with you than this true story about my career journey.

Would you love to hear it.

In the past few years, I have navigated significant changes in my life that some may call DARING.

One of them includes the bold step of switching careers from Chemistry to Communications.

Yes, I’m a trained Chemist with an Honours degree.

And no, I didn’t fail in Chemistry 🧪(lol), I had a fantastic grade in-fact (gloats*)

Here’s what happened, while I was an undergraduate in Chemistry, I knew deep within that being a chemist wasn’t something I wished to be for the rest of my life.

My course was great but I knew it wasn’t for me. Now at the time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do but still, I knew what I wouldn’t do.

In that phase of my life, thanks to God, the passion for writing came to me and I began to explore it.

I realized writing was something I could do really well so I honed the skill to the best I could.
And today, that skill has opened more doors to me that I expected.

But that’s now why I’m writing this #Letter. I’m here to share with you how I was able to navigate that change.

How did I manage to navigate?

After I followed the inkling on my heart to become a Communicator, I also went aggressively for knowledge

In one of my new personal development courses titled ON BECOMING, I shared how once I knew I was changing careers I decided to get into CHARACTER of who I needed to become for this “new me”.

The field of Communication was alien to me and even though I had some basic skillset, I needed sound knowledge to make up for the lag.

Set your heart to take hard feedback

What is change without hard feedback?”

The moment I decided to veer off the path I knew to another I was unfamiliar with, I set up myself for hard feedback.

Like I shared in my previous #Letter and #Sound You’re Somebody’s North, I highlighted how that position, maybe glamorous but comes with its pains.

People will misunderstand you.

You’ll be misjudged.

Friends will unfriend you.

Set your heart for all of it.

Going north isn’t always juicy you know but someday after you’ve stayed consistent, you’ll tell how it was worth it.

And lastly my favourite, TAKE THE PLUNGE!

Like my friend Joshua Efe says, “You gotta take the plunge and do it afraid”.

Just like you, sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing, I get scared too.

I know following your heart isn’t easy and it’s easier to go back to the familiar. I tried it once but it didn’t work out.

Instead of going back to what I would hate, I would rather step forward and face whatever it is that is before me.

I can quit but what if I don’t?

I don’t know about you but I’d like to see what comes after taking the daring daring plunge!




Cecilia Ihrivbogbe
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