I have been hiding something for a while now. But now that I’m moved in, have made it official on my other social networks, it seems silly not to talk about it here.
This could have been something that appeared on my 30 Before 30 list, as it ended up being one of the most significant things that happened in 2010, but it did not make the list. For two reasons: 1) It wasn’t a goal I knew I had or had wanted set for myself at the time of that list creation and 2) Once I reveal what it is, you’ll see why it couldn’t be made public: I got a new job.
I had been at the Boston Convention Marketing Center for almost 5 years (I’m a couple months shy). I came in with a mere 5 years marketing experience under my belt, busted my ass, moved my way up, fought to manage a number of projects, and have sparked the ideas for a whole bunch more.
A few months ago, I realized in my time there, I worked on every major project a person in my shoes could ever hope to: redesigning all collateral, setting/maintaining branding guidelines, establishing a social media presence, and working on a complete redesign of a company website – to name a few. The website is the last project on this list. And it is set to launch in the next few months.
So when I made the realization that I’ve worked on all these amazing projects, it also made me realize that they’ve been completed. I’ve contributed and learned a lot, but I also became scared that because those projects are done with no major new ones in the pipeline, I wouldn’t have any more to contribute or work on or add or, most importantly, LEARN.
Conveniently right around the time I realized this, an opportunity presented itself that I just had to go for. I have never experienced a job interview process like this before. Months of interviews, scads of people to interview with, knowing that I was up against the best – in the most unexaggerated way. In a global report of business schools, my new employer was ranked #1 in North America. According to a colleague something like less than 3% of outside job candidates are hired. This same colleague was told (and passed on to me) that it is harder to get a job at this school than it is to get into this school. I’m not sure if any of this is true, but it can seem that way!
I can absolutely and without hesitation say that signing that offer letter was one of my proudest moments of 2010. With regards to my career, it is my biggest and most proud step forward. Not just because I now have a new job, but because I recognized that I needed to move on, and that all of my education (both in the classroom and in various jobs) have put me in a position to be offered and accept the job I just did.
My new position has already proved to be the right decision. I’m working with a smart, vibrant, collaborative team who have welcomed me with open arms. I’ve already been introduced to projects that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I’ve already been able to pull from my last job, my working knowledge of Interactive Marketing and even put my design skills to use. My work here will be a lot different than anything I’ve been used to – and I’m glad.
I do think that this job – both the time committment as well as everything I am exposed to here – will have an effect on this blog. I’ve been thinking about changing the format for some time. I’m no longer in a position to contribute to a personal blog every day during the week – and to be honest, I haven’t been committed to sharing that way in some time. Partly because I’d like to keep more of my life offline (my work life is online – I need to keep a balance) and partly because I’ve become far more interested in sharing valuable stuff rather than half-heartedly throwing together some pics just becuase I haven’t posted in a week.
What is this “stuff”? I’m not entirely sure yet.
I’ve been reading and bookmarking hundreds of amazing articles that I’m not quite sure what to do with or who to share them with. This might be a good place? I’ve also become seriously committed to organizing and accomplishing all kinds of goals – big goals, small goals, personal goals, career goals, financial goals. Could I eliminate all the fluff posts and use this as an outlet to keep a running tally and share what I learn along the way? Perhaps. But either way, you do have my word: I am not going to stop blogging all together. It’s part of who I am – both personally and professionally. I’ll just figure out what it means for this space as I go.
For now, I have this new job to keep me pretty occupied.
With that being said, I’d love to know what YOUR most proud moment was of 2010. I don’t care WHAT it is or how big or small of an accomplishment it may have been. Tell me in the comments, inspire me.