I was a scientist running out of funding, feeling like I had failed but also just very puzzled, because I had come off several years of working hard and getting better, and yet not rising in the ranks or feeling like I fit in. I knew I had cool skills but had no clue about where to take them.
I am much more confident now and have a more rational understanding of why I no longer fit with my old career. I’ve traded shame for understanding and clarity. I know what I really want to do and have a plan for how to get there. That’s exciting! And a huge relief.