Leaving academia is a difficult decision. You focused on becoming part of the academy for a significant part of your life. And now, one or more of these is true for you:
- wondering if it is time to leave.
- already decided it is time to leave.
- know you need to make some changes in your current situation.
- not sure what any shifts and changes might mean for you.
- worried about regrets you’ll have if you remain exactly where you are without making any changes.
In case you don’t already know me, my name is Meggin McIntosh and I was an award-winning professor for 15 years. Somewhere along the line, I started having a sense that there was “something else” on the horizon that could be even more fulfilling for me than being a professor even though it had been my dream to become a professor and I loved it for many years.
Because making the decision to leave academia was a difficult one, I worked with a coach and she helped me do a great deal of mindful soul-searching about “what’s next?” And then – and I do remember exactly when it was – I did indeed make the decision to make a break for it! I’m happy to report, I have thrived in my new life beyond what I had hoped for!
If you are ready to do some mindful “soul-searching” and exploration, I encourage you to find a great coach. Although for a number of years, people could apply to be part of a super-small “Making a Break for It” mastermind group, at this time, I’m focusing on individual coaching clients and workshops for bright folks around the country (and the globe). Since it’s too much right now to commit to the regular mastermind calls, the Making a Break for It Program is on hold for now.
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.” ~Alan Cohen
“You may know that you are on the verge of some key decisions to make your current situation better, make a complete break for it, or make something else happen! You may set up a Discovery/Strategy Call with me or consult the Meggin Recommends page for other coaches who could help you. Let a coach support and guide your thinking using carefully-designed exercises and laser-like coaching.”
“I did indeed ‘make a break for it.’ I left a safe, secure, great job as a tenured, full professor at a university…and I haven’t regretted it for a moment. You can also figure out how to ‘make a break for it,’ whether you do so within your current institution or make a complete break with that organization, job, or even career. Come on in. The water is fine!”
“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.“ ~Anais Nin