In February of 1999 I was working in a small law firm with terrible pay and a slightly unbalanced boss. I’d been there for two years. Life was certainly exciting.
One afternoon I got a phone call from a recruiter who wanted to know if I’d thought about working in a Corporate Legal Dept. How she got my number I have no idea. I interviewed and was offered the job within 24 hours. Someone liked me! My pay doubled when I switched jobs. Life was good.
For the next nine years I learned a great deal and got several promotions. In 2009 the economy plummeted and around fifty percent of the company were given their marching orders…..I remained. I missed my friends who were no longer there.
The next five years weren’t so great and now I find myself a casualty of a very unexpected cut in the workforce. I’m not alone, but it still hurts. Sixteen years is a very hard habit to break, but I look at it as an opportunity. It’s nice to work somewhere for a long time, but your job shouldn’t become a habit. It should be something you wake up and get excited about each day.
Now, on the brink of a new opportunity, I’m scared and excited. I look at my exit as a gift. Oh sure, when I got the news I felt bitter, why me? I’m over it now though and honestly, it’s the company’s loss. I’m now ready and willing to put my enthusiasm and energy into something new. It’s exciting.
2015 is almost here and it really will be out with the old and in with the new. It’s an exciting prospect.