Ten Reasons Why I Quit Corporate Life

I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” — Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Growing up entailed the arduous and constant question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’. Being good natured and poise, despite the question driving me completely mad, I’d always answer ‘I don’t know’. I had never known what I wanted to do, what my purpose was or what I was passionate about. I have always been the type of person who worked extremely hard, never asked questions and did as I was told. I just assumed that after university, I would find a job in London and start on the journey of adulthood and working life.

However, half way through my grad scheme at a London PR company, I had an epiphany. I didn’t want the corporate life, I didn’t want to commute on the tube twice a day, I didn’t want to sit starring at a screen counting down the minutes till I could leave the office. So just over a year ago, in November 2017 I quit. I wanted to give myself a chance to focus on myself, set something up from scratch, live my life how I wanted to pursue it and not how society expected me (and everyone else) to live it.

One year down the line, I have learnt a lot and am still learning. I have been able to take time to travel to incredible places, work with amazing companies and figure out a hell of a lot — all of which would have been unreachable if I was still sat at my desk in the PR agency. This post is most definitely not telling you to quit the corporate life because the majority of people are happy with their jobs. This is purely reflecting on my own personal experience.

Here are my top ten reasons why I quit the corporate life:

  1. I didn’t really know what my passion was and wanted to spend time being able to find it
  2. The job I was doing was not making me feel successful. It wasn’t stimulating , fulfilling nor making me feel like I was achieving anything or making an impact
  3. Having no freedom felt very suffocating and being too tired to make arrangements after work with weekends going too quickly wasn’t enjoyable
  4. The morning and evening commute… with accessibility and wifi/technology being no problem, it baffled me why you couldn’t work from home or from anywhere for that matter
  5. The scary thought that this would be life for the next 35 years if I didn’t do anything about it
  6. I wanted to be able to do something for myself, learn a new skill, see what was out there
  7. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, expand my mind and perspective on life
  8. The thought of not loving what I was doing everyday was actually pretty depressing. Life is too short not to enjoy everyday
  9. I was learning yes, but not about things that I felt I really needed to learn about. I had no idea about tax, a business plan or how to run a business — none of which I had learnt at school or in tertiary education
  10. I had never done or thought about doing anything rogue or courageous. That just wasn’t in my nature. Everything I had done seemed pretty plain sailing moving from one stage of education to the next, I felt like I needed to burst and really challenge myself

‘If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life’