As you know I have been working in a new job which I accepted while I was 11 weeks pregnant. It has been tough to be the newbie and pregnant with a toddler, and then having a newborn but in the end it has been totally worth it. Lately though I have been sitting back and really thinking about my career.
I know thinking is a hard commodity to come by these days between getting up for night feedings, working a new job, and adjusting to being the primary breadwinner but I’ve found myself pondering what’s next for me in my career?
I work in a corporate environment as a technical sales person, basically I sell chemicals, reagents, and instruments for scientists to use during research and development. I get to use my brain and learn new things every day. So while I am happy with my current career I have not figured out what I want to do to advance my career path?
Do I go management? Do I go training? Do I do Marketing? eCommerce?
I should probably figure out where I see myself in 15 years, right?
All of these paths will take time to achieve but I know I need to figure it out in the next year or so to tailor my path. I feel like this is a pivotal time in my life to choose a path and hopefully move forward and upward. I think being a primary breadwinner has also made me more aware that I want to bring in more “bacon” to my family.
I am realizing that deep down inside I am a very driven person when it comes to work. While I have this drive I also realize I do want to be around for my children. I am lucky to have a husband who is supportive, but I need to figure this out and stat.
So to my other working mothers out there are you thinking about your NEXT step? I didn’t realize how complicated this process could be and would love some other’s input and experiences.