Next week marks my 10 year anniversary at my company. TEN YEARS! That is crazy, especially since when I interviewed, I was a naïve 24 year old who just wanted out of a terrible situation I was in at my last job. It’s kind of funny, but this was just supposed to be a place I spent a year tops while I applied to law school and “got on with my life.” I had no clue how drastically my life path would change by accepting a position at my company.
I have held various jobs within my tenure here, some I truly enjoyed, and others I tolerated because I was really good at them. If I’m being honest, I was so young when I started here that I just felt fortunate enough to have a job that paid me well and that had some pretty awesome co-workers.
I mentioned back in February that I took a new role on a different team at my company and I feel like I finally found where I belong. Like truly, what I am passionate about. Where I see the fruits of my labors and can see my impact. Where I get to work directly with patients, hear their stories and bring their feedback on topics back in and use it to develop pieces and help tell these stories to others like them. That feeling fills me with so much pride, joy and satisfaction. Add to that, my new boss, who is SPECTACULAR. He lets me lead without question, is always around when I need feedback, gives praise often and in public forums and truly cares about me, not just as his employee, but as Sara the person. He wants me to develop and meet my career goals and motivates in manner that I have not experienced in quite some time. In a way, I feel refreshed, which is funny because I have never worked harder than I am right now.
I knew I was truly happy when a recruiter called me last week and had a pretty amazing job opportunity he thought I would be perfect for, and I just plain turned it down. I didn’t need any more information, didn’t need to talk to the hiring manager or read up more on the company. This is a big change from where I was a few months ago. For the first time in a while, I feel energized by the work I am doing and look forward to future projects with excitement. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, there are parts of the job that are terribly frustrating, but overall, I am happy and it’s a pretty freaking great feeling. I know at some point in the future, my end goal to find a job closer to home will come into play, which will mean I will have to make a company move, but until then, I am going to enjoy the experience I am having right now, gain as much knowledge as I can from it, so I can take it with me in the future. I have finally found where I belong.
Question of the day
What is your “day job?” Do you love it? If not, what do you wish you could do?