I Changed My Definition Of Career Success

Successful career list

 

I’m a typical Gen Y’er and if you’re a Gen Y’er like me, you probably grew up with the same mantra – do well in school, go to a good college, so you can get a good job. Then work work work so you can get all the promotions and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. Making lots of money, having an executive title – THAT was success, and hence what we all should strive for. This mantra was repeated by our parents, our teachers, our mentors, and reinforced in the media. So I adopted it, and I set my sights on achieving it. I started college as an engineering major and interning at a Fortune 500 company. I switched my major to chemistry but headed to grad school, to further my training, and hopefully make more money after graduation.I had a brief flirtation with the idea of going into academia, but in the end I decided to go the corporate route.

When I started my “grown up” career at 24, I was full of new grad optimism and enthusiasm. I wanted to learn as much as I could, and overachieve so that I could get promoted, because that’s what I was expected to do, right? So I volunteered for all these extra projects at work, and did the career development stuff that is pushed to new grads in large corporations. I believed all those stories that said if you work hard and don’t be a lazy young person, you’ll be rewarded. And I was, at least monetarily. My salary grew by leaps and bounds but that promotion? I had to change companies to get it. Despite my work, networking with allies and mentors and career development, for whatever reason, promotions in role weren’t coming my way.

It’s been almost ten years since I started my corporate career, and my view of success has changed drastically since I was a new grad. I had a feeling that my priorities and career goals had changed, and last week showed me that  my definition of success has changed as well.

Last week I had my performance review. I wasn’t super excited about it and expected the worst, not because of my performance but because of the drastic changes happening within my company. I survived many layoffs in 2015, and the subsequent personnel changes resulted in numerous changes to my chain of command. I’ve had 5 direct managers, plus many VPs and other executives that I report to. When the review period started, I realized that there was no one left in my department who could reflect and comment on my entire 2015 performance, because everyone was gone. Crazy, right? So I didn’t have high expectations for my performance review results. My score was decent, and I received a small raise but once again, I was not promoted. When I started with this company 3.5 years ago, getting a promotion was high on my list, but due to circumstances beyond my control it has yet to happen.

I expected to walk away upset, questioning myself, questioning if this is the place for me – the types of reactions that I’ve had before. This time I walked away with a #kanyeshrug and went about my business. And then I paused, and I asked myself if I should be upset because I wasn’t promoted. Like my initial reaction went something like this:

Me: Still got a job? Getting more money? Cool

My brain: Wait, you’re still at the same level you were when you started. Aren’t you upset? You should be upset.

Me: Wait, I should be upset? For why?

My brain: You’re supposed to get promoted! You’re supposed to want to be an executive with a fancy title and a big office! Did you forget?

Me: OH. For real? I’m supposed to want that?

My brain: DUH! Everybody wants that…right?

And that’s when I had to have a quick DM chat with a couple of friends, who talked me off the ledge. I was totally fine until I started thinking, and all those rules about success that I was taught as a child started flooding into my brain. I grew up with a message that success meant a fancy title, a big office, the big money, etc. Everyday I see lists about the Top 30 under 30, or see LinkedIn updates from people I went to school with announcing their promotions and fancy jobs and whatnot. I’ve been conditioned to want a specific type of success but I have not been able to achieve that, at least not yet.

I’m OK with where I am in my career. During these ten years I’ve worked, I see what it takes to get to those high levels, and nothing about it is appealing to me. I don’t want to spend my nights and weekends working. I don’t want to have a company cell phone and spend every waking moment being available for work. I don’t want to go on vacation but still log into work each day (that’s not a vacation). I don’t want to work 60+ hours a week, and not have time to do anything other than work and sleep. None of that is appealing to me. I love my work-life balance and I love that I can leave work at work and pursue other things in my free time. I don’t love that my hard work doesn’t directly benefit my bottom line, but I love that my direct deposit hits my account on a regular schedule.

I’ve arrived at a state of peace in my view of my career. I’ve realized that my passions lie elsewhere and that I value different things than I did when I was 24. I’ve learned that a successful career doesn’t look the same for everyone, and that I have the ability to define success for myself. After a moment of angst, I realize that not getting a promotion is a blessing as well, as it gives me time to focus on the things I enjoy, and less pressure in the office. If I do climb a ladder, it’s going to be my ladder, not a predetermined corporate ladder. I probably will never have an executive title, unless it’s a title for my own endeavor. And honestly, I like the sound of CEO of My Thing better than VP of Corporate Whatever.

What say you readers – what does a successful career look like to you? Have you achieved it? 

Things I’d Rather Do Instead Of Working A Traditional Job

I’ve reached the point in my career where I fantasize about all the other things I’d rather be doing instead of going to work everyday. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

  • Knitting fun things – hats, scarfs, coffee mug sleeves, fingerless gloves, mittens, etc.
  • Going to yoga practice
  • Writing
  • Researching wedding stuff – trends, cool vendors, interesting traditions
  • Writing about things found during previously mentioned wedding research
  • Completing yoga teacher training
  • Opening an Etsy shop to sell all those cool knitting projects I want to do
  • International travel
  • Going to movie screenings
  • Writing reviews of said movies seen during screenings
  • Domestic travel
  • Writing about the cool things I saw during all this travel
  • Continuing to knit cool things
  • Maybe teach some folks how to knit some of the cool things I’ve made
  • Teaching people how to do Six Sigma
  • Teaching people project management methodology
  • Advising college students – specifically Black college students in STEM fields
  • Presenting workshops
  • Still more knitting
  • Some more travel – I need more passport stamps
  • Throw some more yoga in there – more classes both as a student and a teacher
  • Doing wedding research for busy brides or brides who don’t know what they want and where to start

Any idea how I can make a career or at least make some money doing these things? Cause this corporate game has me pretty down. 

Career Stagnation To Career Progression

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In my life, I have been blessed with both a gift and a curse. I have above-average intelligence and a strong desire to learn and understand new things. I also am both lazy and a procrastinator. Remember when we were all taught in school that hard work pays off? I was that kid who things either came easy to, or I was looking for way to cut the amount of hard work I had to do. I think it was my father who clued me in on an important lesson – it’s more important to work hard, than to work smart. Time and experience taught me that he was right. People say you need to work hard, but working hard without having some sense behind it can be wasted effort.

I grew up with the type of parents who wanted me to have what they had and even more. That meant that college was not an option, it was an expectation. It was never explicitly said, but I assumed that I’d follow the path everyone else does: go to college, graduate, get a corporate job and kill it. 17-year-old Jubi just knew she would be a VP of R&D for a Fortune 100 company one day, it was just a matter of time. I mean, it’s super easy to make it up the corporate ladder, right?

After college and grad school, I jumped into the corporate world full force. I’d read the books and the articles, I’d attended the career office sessions, and I was armed with lots of advice from my mentors. I had lofty goals to make my mark and zoom up the ladder to success. My first job was with a defense contractor, and I was the first new hire in the labs in 15+ years. I was also the only woman, the only person of color, and the youngest by at least 30 years. I jumped in with both feet, and I worked hard. I volunteered for everything I could, from community volunteer events to the corporate recruiting team. I asked for stretch assignments and my eagerness and desire to learn was rewarded with challenging assignments that a new grad probably shouldn’t have handled. I mapped out a career progression plan with my manager, and I set my sights on becoming the lab group supervisor in 3-5 years, knowing that the current supervisor was soon to retire. What I didn’t know was coming was the housing crisis in 2006. Central Florida was hurt hard, and that meant there was no movement – people who planned to retire were staying at work, given the uncertain outlook of their retirement accounts.

I took all of that experience and excitement and moved to a new company in a new industry. In that role, I had to work hard AND work smart. It was a very challenging role, in an industry I was learning, and I was expected to perform as if I’d been working there all my life. The standards were high, and I felt as if I’d be thrown into the deep end of the pool when I’d barely mastered treading water. When you’re drowning (or you think you’re drowning), you’re trying to not panic but inside you’re freaking out and trying not to die. The first 12-18 months in that role was a perpetual feeling of drowning. I tried to act like I had it all together and I knew what I was doing, but inside I wanted to cry every day. Some days, I did cry in the lab, or at home after work. I worried that I was failing, and that I couldn’t cut it. But somewhere in there, I realized that I learned a lot. I realized that I had learned to swim, and I was doing more than just treading water. I was providing value! I was learning and growing and figuring things out! But…I was not enjoying what I was doing. My company was not known for work/life balance, and it would only get worse with each promotion. That’s not the life I wanted, and I was also tired of life in the lab. I wanted change and so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it.

I changed careers and industries three years ago. In that time I’ve gone from loving my job, to hating my job, to wanting to walk out and never come back to my job, to loving it again, to now. At the present moment, I’ve settled on indifference, both towards my company and my career. I come to work, I do a few things, but the passion is gone. My attitude as of late has been “well, I’ll just keep showing up until they tell me to stop coming.”

I’m still not sure if the leap was a good move. After three years, I’m still at the same level in my company, despite my attempts at promotions. I survived some less-than stellar managers, including one who refused to promote any of the women on his team. I also survived several layoffs and three reorganizations, and 4 different managers in one year. I look at a few of my former teammates who also started around the time I did, and they have made more progression in their careers at our company. Some of it is strictly “right place, right time” but I wonder how much of it is me. Is this truly the right place for me?

Looking back, I’ve learned a lot about how the working world works. I know that my career progression isn’t going to be a straight line. I also don’t want to wake up and see another 5 years have passed, and I’m still stuck at the same level. Even if I do stay at the same level, I’d be happy if I found a challenge in my work, and I felt that my work added value. Right now, I feel neither.  I feel “stuck” and I worry that I will wake up five years from now, still in the same position, at the same level, in the same company. That is my greatest fear and so, all my energy is devoted to preventing that from happening.

Any tips for me?

 

 

Somehow I’ve Become A Contestant On Corporate Survivor

Three years ago, I received a job offer from my current company.

Back then, I was so excited! After much contemplation, I made the decision to take a break from life in the chemistry lab, and try something new. I loved my time as a lab chemist, but my last laboratory role left me burnt out and bitter. It was stressful working for a rigorous company, and I was overworked. I envied the work-life balance that other people had, and I wanted that for myself.

Making the leap to a new company and a new career seemed like a no-brainer. I traded my lab coats and safety glasses for heels and dresses. Instead of commuting to a manufacturing site in the suburbs, I began working downtown, enjoying both the easier commute and the after-work happy hours. No more spending my days running samples, or dealing with unreasonable requests data, or taking apart chromatography equipment. I traded all that in for a new career in supply chain, and I was so excited to start my new career journey.

As with most experiences, the beginning of my career journey was all sunshine and roses. I was so excited when I wore my first dress and pair of heels to work – seriously, I’d never done it before. That sort of attire isn’t really practical for the lab. Along with my new wardrobe, I also enjoyed learning a new industry, and I found that I had an aptitude for it. Spoiler alert: supply chain operations is similar to manufacturing operations. I met lots of new people and even got paid to spend 30 minutes at a time talking to people I already knew. And my pay was better. With all that, what’s not to like?

After the first year, I ended up with a new manager, a new project and my work life went from sugar to shit. It’s amazing how much your manager can make or break your work experience. I spent 15 months on a challenging assignment, that taught me a lot but also tested me hard. At the lowest moments, I contemplated taking my now-husband’s offer to quit my job and move to DC. But I stuck it out – partly because I knew it wouldn’t be bad forever and partially because I refused to let my then-manager have the satisfaction of chasing me out of the company.

I survived that horrible manager, and that horrible project, and I moved to a new role in a new area. Things started looking up again. I was beginning to feel encouraged…and then the bottom fell out of the whole thing. My company executed a massive layoff, slashing a large chunk of the workforce in a day. I call that day Bloody Tuesday and it actually fell the same week as our wedding. Talk about timing. That day was so tough, seeing so many people who I knew, worked with, my friends, walked out of the building with their belongings in a white box. It was so brutal. And that wasn’t the end of the layoffs – we’ve had an additional two more rounds. The gossip mill says there will be yet another this year, a large one to rival the layoffs we experienced this spring.

Is it bad that I’m hoping that I would be laid off?

I realized recently that my corporate life feels like a season of the game show Survivor. Each one of us is hoping to make it another week, another month, and hopefully be the last one standing on the island when the game is over. We know that hard decisions will have to be made and that everyone won’t end up on the island when the game is over. And it’s stressful to live this way. It’s stressful to try to produce meaningful work in this situation.

How can you plan your career when you don’t know if you’ll be around?

How can you do your best work, meaningful work, when you don’t know if you’ll be around tomorrow to finish it?

How can you put your faith and trust in a company when you saw them blind side people and leave them without a livelihood?

My coworkers and I all walk on eggshells each day. We talk to each other in hushed tones, whispering about the latest rumors we’ve heard. We don’t speak it, but each of us wonders if we’ll be able to survive. We congratulate the people who resign, as they move on to what are hopefully more stable pastures. We hope that one day that will be us, that we’ll be able to make it off the island.

So much has happened in three years. Things have changed, I’ve grown, and it feels like it’s time to move to the next opportunity. I hope to move to it voluntarily but who knows how this game of Corporate Survivor will turn out.

 

I Received The Gift Of Feedback And I Want To Return To Sender

I’ve worked in the corporate world for my entire career, and it can be a strange and challenging place. It’s had its ups and downs, but I’ve always been able to manage the corporate lifestyle without much struggle. Part of corporate life is feedback, and the 360 review. It comes in many forms and is called many things, but essentially they all involve various people you work with providing anonymous feedback about you. I had mine recently and it was…eye-opening.

On my team, I’m the only person of color. I’m also one of 2 people on my team who doesn’t have direct experience in our project area, out of a team of 12. I was hired specifically because I didn’t have the direct experience, to bring new ideas and perspectives as we improve processes. I jumped in, learned a ton, and made some impressive contributions in my first six months on the team. I even received an award from my VP! I thought I was doing great…until I received my 360 feedback. For positives I was listed as a strong problem solver with out of the box ideas who could relate well to others. Cool, I agree with all that.

Then I got my negative feedback and that’s where my assessment went way left. I was listed as very opinionated, and intimating in large meetings when I ask lots of questions and am vocal with ideas, and I’m only relatable in 1-on-1 settings. Apparently I should also stop asking so many questions and having so many ideas, until I know more. And finally, I should stop making old jokes with a teammate because I make other people feel uncomfortable…even though the person I’m joking with thinks it’s hilarious.

I can’t even lie, when I heard this, I was both pissed off and hurt at the same time. To date, no one has said any of this to my face. Not my manager, teammates, or partners on projects. So where is all this new feedback coming from? Why is it only shared in an anonymous survey instead of coming to me? And why am I still waiting for the person for the strongest comments to come talk to me in person, as they were encouraged to do by my manager?

Cause I live and work in passive aggressive Minnesota, that’s why. And nothing says passive aggressive like waiting until you have an anonymous venue to share all the stuff you don’t like about someone. What this really comes down is I am too opinionated, too assertive, and much about business. I am too damn good at my job, especially to be a Black woman who doesn’t have any direct experience in the subject area. And I’m a Black woman who refuses to kiss anyone’s ass or break my neck to play the corporate game to get ahead. I take care of my business and I don’t allow folks to walk all over me the way they want to in the office. Well boo hoo kids, cause it’s only going to get worse for you.

It stung at first, but my assessment was eye-opening for me. It showed me that no matter how great I am, I will always be less than to folks, because of my race and my gender. I can be excellent at what I do, and it won’t matter, because I’m an outsider and different. They want me to sit back and be quiet but that’s not what I’m about. I’ll keep on being who I am in the office…until it’s time for me to move on to my own business. Until then I’ll just be the opinionated Black woman in the office.

Where Did September Go?

How is it October already???

I looked at the calendar the other day, and realized that we’re in the last quarter of the year. We’re also 5 months away from our wedding – WHERE DID THE TIME GO??? I’m freaking out and I also can’t believe that time is flying by so fast.

I really meant to write more in September, but I got…busy. And it wasn’t even a good busy, time just got away from me. But things DID happen in September, like:

  • I have networked my ass off in my current company, looking for a new role. And finally it all paid off – I was asked to interview for a role. It’s right in line with my interests/passions, and best of all, would be in a totally different area (which means I can get away from my less-than stellar manager). I spent the last couple of weeks interviewing, and I was offered the role! I’m super excited about it, both for the change of pace, but also because I also get a raise, and I could definitely use that money. I also get to move to a new building and the floor my new team sits on is gorgeous. I’m counting the days until I get to move over to my new role.
  • I’m now regularly blogging as a Real Bride on Broke-Ass Bride! I’ve followed this blog since William and I first talked about getting married, cause I’m all about saving money on this wedding. When they had an open call for real brides to blog for their site, I jumped at the chance. So far I’ve written two pieces over there and it’s pretty fun. I’ll be writing about our planning process and other thoughts related to weddings.
  • Wedding planning is heating up! My mom was in town last weekend and we attended a wedding fair which was great. I’m now at the stage where we need to figure out florals and decor, so I’ve got several appointments set up with vendors. We also have the tasting scheduled with our caterer, and after that we can order our invitations! Things are moving along well but I’m also freaking out that our wedding is only FIVE MONTHS AWAY! Before I know it, I’ll be a Mrs!

 

It’s My Anniversary…

Happy Annivesary

My work anniversary, that is…

I’ve survived two years at this crazy place. I’m surprised because I really didn’t think I would make it.

The first year was pretty good. It was a big change, a huge one in fact. A total opposite to the life I knew and the working style I had when I was a lab chemist. The corporate culture was completely different from I was used to, and it took me months to learn to navigate it. I’m still not completely ingrained in the culture, but it’s not as foreign as it once was. After the first year, I felt that making the career change was a good decision.

And then the bottom dropped out. Our manager changed, and my project changed, and suddenly I was thrust in a high-visibility, high-stakes project that was failing miserably, working with a man who only cared that he looked good. There were late nights (though not as late as my coworker – I’m not staying until 9pm for anybody) and early mornings, lots of calls, lots of re-work, and lots of tears on my part. There were several times where I contemplated packing up and walking out. I daydreamed of the day I could tell off my horrible manager and walk out. When layoffs hit my company, I silently prayed I’d be let go, or offered the chance to leave with a package. It was just my luck that my team was in high-demand, not only did we not reduce in numbers, we gained head count.

I looked for a new role, both internally and externally, but didn’t gain any traction. And in the meantime I kept going into work, cause I needed that check. I commiserated with my team, and LM kept me sane and my mind off work. Our project slowly got better, and our manager finally started giving a damn when he realized he wouldn’t be promoted if his entire team hated him. And I learned to not give a damn, and to trust myself. I’m smarter than I give myself credit for, and what I do, it’s not rocket science. I let my manager and the failing project intimidate me, and work was torture until I decided I was done with that.

These last two years have been a great learning, and I’ve been uncomfortable. I’ve been challenged, and I’ve grown from it. While my bank account and paid bills are happy that I’ve remained employed, my heart is heavy, knowing that I’m giving 40+ hours a week my valuable time, instead of pursuing my dreams. I know what I want, but my old friends fear and doubt continue to whisper challenges in my ear, making me hesitant to take the small steps I need to get me closer to my end goal.

It’s easy for me to work on finding a new role, and I will continue to do so. I’m trying to find the strength and courage to pursue my true goals at the same time. My goal is to not celebrate my three-year anniversary with this company, but instead celebrate taking a leap of faith into entrepreneurship. Wish me luck!

The Honeymoon Is Over

Remember my excitement last year over getting a new job? I switched careers, companies, even the area  in town I was working.

In the beginning it was great – a totally new experience that I was able to embrace. I was able to take the time I needed to learn a new industry and a new role, and get acclimated to the company culture. I enjoyed my projects and my team. Everything seemed like it was a great move to make…and then things changed over the summer. My manager transitioned to a new role, and a manager from a team within our department transferred over to replace her. These two managers are like night and day, and the transition for me was difficult. This is the first time I’ve gotten a new manager so I was unprepared for that experience. I had high hopes…but my new manager and I just don’t have a good rapport. His management style and my working style totally clash, and it’s been difficult for me to take his criticisms, since I feel most are unwarranted.

The first thing my new manager did was put me on a new project, which I can only describe as the seventh circle of hell. It’s been a complete and total clusterfuck since the beginning, and instead of recognizing that they screwed up, my company has instead decided to throw more and more people at the problem. The problem isn’t resources or manpower – the initial planning of this project was flawed from the beginning and no amount of people can now fix it. So I spend lots of time doing things that are “urgent” but really I just feel like I’m doing busy week. I’m way too smart to be spending time doing tasks that aren’t value added.

So I say all of that to say…I’m unhappy. Not as unhappy as I was when I worked in the lab, but unhappy. I want to do something different – I want off this project, off this team, and really out of this department. Unfortunately I don’t see my manager giving the go-ahead to move to a new team, especially since his entire team wants to move to other pursuits. I would love to just change roles/teams but I’m resigning myself to the idea that my only way to escape is to move companies. I don’t feel optimistic that an internal move would be approved. Beyond that, my company has already done one round of layoffs, which was not handled well at all. I have zero confidence in my job security, and I’d rather leave on my own, instead of receiving a layoff notice.

It sucks that I’m job hunting once again…but it must be done. Here’s hoping I find something soon.

Notes On The New Job

So I started the new job one week ago #yay and its been quite an experience. First, I have once again completely changed industries. I’ve also changed my career path, going from a very technical role to a slightly technical role. I’ve left chemistry behind & now I’m doing process improvement & project management in supply chain (think Six Sigma). I’ll still be using my skills in data analysis and process improvement, but without the hassle of the lab. I’ve also changed locations – I’m still in the Twin Cities, but I’ve gone from a manufacturing site way out in the burbs, to a high-rise building in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.

So…I’ve had a lot of change lately! New position, new career path, new company, new industry, new location…and even new wardrobe. With all this change I’ve made some observations about this experience.

* Remember that post I did about 5 things my new job would allow me to do? Well this job satisfies a lot of those. I no longer work in a lab, so goodbye to my safety shoes, safety glasses & lab coats! I also have to wear nice clothes to work, as my company has a business professional dress code. I’ll be wearing a lot more dresses, skirts & suits to the office. I won’t be doing a ton of travel in my new position, but I do have a trip soon & I get to go on one of the corporate jets!

* The cultures btwn my last job & my new job are like night & day – I went from an industrial company that was big on “results above everything else” to a company that places relationships & collaboration above everything else. Because of that, I’m spending my first few weeks simply meeting people I’ll interface with regularly & building those relationships. This is completely different from my last experience, when I was thrown into the deep end with no context or understanding of what I was doing. My new company seems much more interested in developing talented employees & recognizing those who do great work, which I appreciate.

* Working downtown is awesomeness – I socialize a lot downtown so I was familiar with the area, but I had no idea how awesome it would be to work down here. First, I can commute into work via an express bus, bypassing the stress of rush hour traffic & the expense of parking. Next, there are so many stores, shops & restaurants here, and it’s totally fine for me to take 30 mins out of my day & pick up something from Macy’s or Barnes & Noble. And with the skyway system, I can go all over downtown without having to go outside. In my actual building, I work near the top (>30th floor) and my phone works in my office! \o/ And I’m no longer freezing to death like I was in my office, in fact, I’m a bit warm up here.

* I couldn’t have the new job without the old job – As much as I whined, complained & straight up hated the old job, I absolutely would not have the skills for the new job without it. I realized last year that I was meant to learn something from my last job & until I did, I wasn’t going to move on. I learned a ton in that job – about handling adversity, how to manage my manager, and lots of technical things like Six Sigma & project management. I learned & grew a lot & that’s never comfortable. I had a lot of growing pains, but I grew a lot from that experience.

I’m only a week in, but so far I’m enjoying this new experience. I’m just trying to make connections & soak up as much as I can.

A New Start

In January 2010 I left my job in Orlando to move back to Mpls for a new job. And after about 6 months, I realized that what I signed up for isn’t what I got. There was a combo of bait-and-switch & also me wanting to get out of Orlando so bad that I didn’t fully vet the situation. On top of that, I began to feel that I was ready to leave the laboratory behind. After 5 years in industry and 6 years in school, I was burned out & ready to tackle a new challenge.

So I began job hunting. And I got some interviews. But I was so afraid to jump into a bad situation once again, that I pulled out of several interview processes. If it didn’t feel right or gave me any type of pause, I didn’t pursue it. I did pursue an internal ou, and was one of the final candidates, but didn’t get the job.

I was determined that 2012 was going to be different. I networked and rewrote my resume. I applied for tons of positions in a variety of fields. I prayed, I meditated, I sent out positive energy. I thought I found a great opportunity, but numerous obstacles proved it wasn’t for me.

And then I got a call out of the blue! From a company I was dying to get into – I must have applied to 10 jobs there! I never heard back abt any of those positions, but an internal recruiter found my resume in their system & called me about a different job. Once I heard the description & responsibilities, I thought it would be a great fit. I scored a phone interview & then an on-site interview. I did my on-site interview while I was battling the beginning of a sinus infection, but I rocked it. After one last phone interview…I got the job!

And I couldn’t be happier.

It feels like it all worked out the way it was supposed to. There were things I needed to learn in this experience before I could move to the next. I wanted to be sure that I was going to a great opportunity & not just escaping a bad one. I needed certain things in my next position – to be free of the lab, to dress like a 30-year-old career woman, to have the privilege of using my phone in my office!

As I move through this transition, I’m a bit sad to be leaving behind such a large part of my life. But it’s overshadowed by the excitement I feel for the future.

And to think…I turned 30 about 6 weeks ago. So far, 30 is great!