2018 in Review: My Career

Given that I’ve pretty much taken the rest of the year off from creative endeavors, I thought it would be fun to go in-depth on a review, looking back at 2018 and what a year it was. Over the next two weeks, I’ll tackle my goals from 2018 and how I did on all of them. Today I want to talk about my career goals and how my those goals drastically shifted over the last twelve months.

2018 in Review: My Career

A Look Back at My Career Goals and My Career in 2018

To recap, back in January I only had two goals for my career:

  • Find a new job
  • or get a full-time job where I’m currently contracting

Given that this was the first time I had a job going into the new year since graduating, I was feeling pretty good. My contract at Apple was keeping me busy and I was frantically applying to get a full-time job with them. It must have been the week after I posted those goals that the contracting company made cuts to adjust for the end of the holiday rush. Out of 100+ contractors, only 30 (or less of us) were told we were staying. I was one of the lucky ones, in part because I always showed up for work.

That happened in January, and while I was still going to have a job for two months, I knew I was running out of time on my contract. When it came time to find a new job, I was applying for everything I had any remote skills in. Jobs at Apple, social media jobs, and jobs for the Catholic Diocese of Austin.

Back in college, I spent two years working as a student assistant for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. It was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had and I got a kick out of telling people my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss was the pope. Given a pretty decent experience, I always keep my eyes out on postings for diocesan jobs. In March, I applied and interviewed for a position where I’d be the marketing director for a church.

The job was right up my alley, the pay was worlds better than what I was making at Apple, and it would have been a solid place to pick up a career I’d put on hold after losing my job in politics.

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Unfortunately, while I was a top pick, I wasn’t the top pick. I was the second choice after a woman who had 25 years of experience in marketing. At 24, I didn’t even have that much life experience and I felt a little bitter that age was what got me.

Thankfully, right around the time I found out I didn’t get that job, my contract was extended for three months, to give me a full year at Apple. Those next three months feel like a blur, applying for jobs but never going anywhere. Until I finally asked the contracting company if they had anything else. I figured, if I could at least contracting through them, it would be money coming in and I wouldn’t be unemployed.

So two weeks before I left Apple, I took two hours off of work to go down the street and interview at another company. I left the interview feeling pretty good, but still shakey. I remember asking how many people they wanted to bring into this position. The hiring manager said, “two or three.” For as many people the contracting company had, I had some tough competition.

A week later I found out I got the job, and even better? It was contract-t0-hire. So in June, I was looking at the end of the year with a job and benefits (something the contracting company does not provide). That was exciting.

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I’ll admit, the beginning of my tenure at that job, my current job, was rocky. Training was hard and I was not thrilled with being forced to take phone calls for two weeks. Many nights I was still applying for new jobs, convinced this would just be a pit stop onto something better.

But then I survived the training and the phone calls. I went on to do the email training (Which is what I was hired for. They originally hired three people and I was the only one who made it out of training) and qualified for emails faster than anyone in the company of the history (so said the hiring manager, who was my manager for a brief bit).

Then in October, we had some big changes happen where our post-sales team was merged with the email sales team and now the doors are open for opportunities in January.

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While I originally thought I wouldn’t stay long, I can see myself probably staying at least for all of 2019. I don’t want to do emails long term, but I’m hoping that as I continue to prove my worth to the company, I’ll be able to move around and try other things – like training.

So, my career has no turned out to look anything like what I pictured three years ago when I walked across the stage at Sam Houston State. But for the first time since I walked that stage, I’m feeling like I’m on a track where this is going to work out. And that, my friends, is a pretty damn incredible feeling.

 

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