I’ve been thinking about my career…a lot. Where I’ve been, what’s good and not-so-great about my current career, and where I’d like to be in the future. As I look back over the 25-year (gulp!) work history, I think I’ve had a pretty good run of it. Every employment opportunity that I’ve had has allowed me to develop the skills and experience to get to the next level – I’ve had the opportunity to explore careers in human resources, public relations, event management, marketing, and journalism – all different, yet, similar in the skills that are required for each role.
I could say I’ve been lucky – and it’s easy to assume that I was in the right place at the right time, but the truth is that I’ve put as much into each job as I’ve received. The opportunities didn’t just fall into my lap – I actively and aggressively pursued each and every job and, when I was hired, worked tirelessly to stay on top. I loved (seriously loved) my career in public relations and special events, but it was not a job that I could do AND be a mom at the same time. The hours were too demanding and the commute to New York City too unpredictable. So I made a choice. I chose to take a less demanding role at a small company close to home that allowed enough scheduling flexibility to work while still being able to care for my child. It was the right decision at that time and I wouldn’t have chosen anything else, yet, occasionally, I play the “what if” game and imagine what life would be like if I had chosen differently – would I be a Vice President with a corner office? Earning a well-rounded six-figure salary? Enjoying the perks of corporate life with an expense account jet-set travel? While it’s fun to speculate, it’s not my reality.
Now that my son is getting older, and I have a bit more flexibility in my work schedule, I’m starting ponder my next move – what’s next for me in terms of career fulfillment. It’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time – technology and jobs have changed so much and I feel a little out of touch even though I have been working! It’s almost as thought I need a decoder ring to read all the acronyms in the job postings on indeed.com! And that’s another thing – it’s nearly impossible to get an interview without knowing someone at the company you’re interested in – guess I better get LinkedIn with someone there so I can send my resume to him/her. Perhaps I can Tweet my experience in 140 characters at the company, or take a photo of me holding their product in one hand and my resume in another and post it on Instagram. I’ll hashtag it – #IWantToWork4U.
I suppose it’s all part of the greater evolution of my personhood – from young career woman, to working mom, to seasoned professional – just one more step in the journey.