Life is an ever-evolving adventure, filled with twists and turns that challenge our sense of purpose and fulfilment. Stepping outside your comfort zones to find new horizons, rewriting the script of your life takes courage and resilience. When faced with circumstances that no longer bring life satisfaction, relocation is an opportunity to rediscover yourself, embrace change, and forge a path that aligns with your true passions and self-worth.
According to recent studies, job dissatisfaction has become increasingly prevalent in modern society. A survey conducted by Gallup in 2021 revealed that 85% of workers worldwide reported that their current roles no longer align with their aspirations or provide the work-life balance they hoped, impacting their mental health and overall well-being. This alarming statistic underscores the significance of seeking alternative paths to find true fulfilment.
By the time I’m done with work, I’m so exhausted that some days I don’t have the energy to hold a conversation. So, over time, I’ve had family and friends accuse me of not being socially receptive when they try to reach out.– IREGUME, 27, CONSULTANT, NIGERIA
With 50 millions of Americans choosing to relocate to pursue new opportunities and find greater personal and professional fulfilment in 2022, the universal human desire for a more satisfying existence is a reality that opened a global conversation. In fact, the United Nations estimates that there are currently over 272 million international migrants worldwide,
The Great Resignation, a term coined by economists and labour market analysts, reflects the substantial increase in employee resignations and voluntary career transitions witnessed across various industries and countries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record-breaking 4 million Americans left their jobs in April 2021 alone. This surge in resignations is recorded around the globe, with a seismic shift of professionals leaving unsatisfying work environments to reclaim control over their own destinies.
The “Great Resignation” has redefined the relationship between individuals and their work. There is a basic desire for career satisfaction, better work-life balance, and a quest for personal growth, and as a result professionals worldwide are re-evaluating their priorities and making bold decisions. Many have had the opportunity to reassess their career goals, or even build a door when the old door was closing on them.
Research conducted by psychologists and career experts highlights the positive impact of change on personal well-being. It suggests that breaking free from stagnant circumstances and embracing new environments fosters personal growth, resilience, and a heightened sense of purpose. These transformative experiences can reignite passions, unlock hidden talents, and open doors to untapped opportunities.
Throughout history, countless individuals have made the courageous decision to uproot their lives and venture into the unknown. From renowned scientists, authors, entrepreneurs and artists to everyday individuals seeking life satisfaction, these inspiring stories demonstrate the power of resilience, adaptability, and the unwavering belief in the potential for a brighter future.
In this article we explore the inspiring story of Dr Nguyen Thi Thu Huong who uprooted herself and went in search of a vibrant, purposeful life, leaving behind stagnant circumstances.
Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Huong: Embracing Change and Rediscovering Self-Worth in Hanoi
Life has a way of testing our resilience and challenging our ability to start again, in a different location, and for Dr Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, the ultimate test came when her work was no longer appreciated. Undeterred by the setbacks, she decided to leave behind the place she once called home and embark on a new journey in Hanoi, seeking an environment that recognized her true worth.
For years, Dr Huong had poured her heart and soul into building and nurturing the faculty and university where she had dedicated her career. Her tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to her students had made a profound impact, transforming countless lives and shaping young minds. Yet, when her accomplishments were undermined, Dr. Huong found herself at a crossroads.
Driven by an unwavering belief in her potential to overcome any obstacles that come her way, Dr Huong consistently maintained a positive outlook on her destiny as a teacher.
This relentless optimism fuelled her desire to seek a better location and create a more fulfilling environment to nurture her own wellbeing. It takes immense courage to relocate, to walk away from the familiar and embrace the unknown. Driven by a desire to continue pursuing her passion for teaching, Dr Huong made the bold decision to leave behind the disappointments of the past and seek a fresh start in Hanoi.
The move to Hanoi was not just a physical relocation; it was a profound act of self- actualisation of her identity. Hanoi adopted her with open arms, recognizing her expertise, and gave her the recognition she deserved. Finally, she found an environment that celebrates her talents and values her contributions. Dr Huong discovered a new chapter in her professional advancement and her dedication to teaching, her profound knowledge of marketing, economics, and business, and her unwavering commitment to her students found a new home within the academic community.
This powerful lesson serves as an inspiration to her own students. Dr Huong’s journey reminds us that self-worth should never be compromised. When faced with adversity or an environment that fails to recognize your true potential, it takes courage to embrace change and forge a new path and nurture your true potential.
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About Dr Nguyen Thi Thu Huong
Lecturer Nguyen Thi Thu Huong is working at ITCI, East Asia University of Technology in Hanoi, Vietnam. She specializes in teaching students marketing, economics, and business. Here there are over 10,000 students with different majors and courses of study from different countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Korea, and China. She had been teaching marketing and international business at an university in northern Vietnam for more than 18 years.
Dr Huong received her PhD in 2015 in Agricultural Economics. In 2018, she was fortunate enough to have received a full scholarship from the government of India to study international trade at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi, where she studied for 13 months. She loves speaking with international friends and she decided to support people from different countries by hosting Zoom meetings at 8 PM Vietnam time from Monday to Saturday.
Recognizing that teaching and supporting her students are at the core of her life’s purpose and mission, she took the bold step of applying to a new university in Hanoi. By embracing this fresh opportunity, Dr. Huong is determined to continue her transformative journey, nurturing young minds and shaping the next generation with her unwavering dedication and passion for teaching.