This post is my attempt to avoid some frustrating writing, editing, and marketing. That’s right why do today what you can put off until tomorrow.
After a particularly frustrating / slow week at work I was talking to a collegue of mine about some of his history at our workplace. The whole time I kept thinking wow, I didn’t have experiences like this at all. Okay, I know what you’re thinking this is going to be a blog about the glass ceiling for women in the workplace. Well, sort of, but not really.
When I started work, honestly, I had some pretty boring work assignments and I didn’t really get to travel so much. I don’t think it was so much, because I am a woman, but because the department I hired into didn’t do a lot of traveling and I was a newbie and as a newbie you get the crap assignments. Sad, but true for any profession.
Anyway, as I continued on in my career I started to prove myself and started to get more interesting assignments with more responsibility. And then guess what happened? Yup, I got married and had some kids. I also moved in a different department where I could’ve traveled to some interesting places for long periods of time, but it was a personal decision for me not to be gone for long periods of time from my family. It was hard enough for me to be gone for two week periods of time, I couldn’t do much more than that.
I really liked that job, but I had my eye on the prize for more. I thought that I had to be on some career ladder and that I should strive for more. I thought that I had to have it ALL. Then I was offered a job that looked great on paper. It was definitely a resume builder and great opportunity. This is what I’m supposed to do to build my career, I thought. After some hard thinking I took the job. But after a few months on the job I realized this job wasn’t me. Everyone was nice, there was nothing wrong with the job per se, but it wasn’t my passion. Having long periods away from my family and sitting in long meetings for something that’s not your passion can make an okay job seem grueling.
I was at impasse I wasn’t sure what to do. I decided to pray on it and just let God show me the way to go and not worry about it. So then sure enough I got an offer to come work for another department. This job was VERY different. I knew that this might not be seen as a “resume builder”, because my title wasn’t a traditional engineer or project manager as a matter of fact my job wasn’t well defined at all. It was up to me to figure it out. I did know this was my passion. So I jumped at the chance.
Fast foward two years and I’m the happiest I’ve been at a job. Okay, there are super frustrating weeks like this one, but usually I like what I do. I know I’m not on the track to be the next Marissa Meyer, but I’m good with that. If I wanted to push myself maybe I could be. The thing that sewed it for me is when my co-worker, the one who was telling me about his history with our company, told me that he barely saw his daughter when she was younger and that he had to bring her in the office with him on Saturdays so he’d see her. Well, you can have your corner office, I’ll work on something I’m passionate about and come to my kids, husband, cats, dogs, cows, donkey, and horse. Maybe when the kids go off to college I’ll work on that corner office, I’ll still have time.