‘People obviously like you here. You have a critical skill set that we need.’ These words were straight from the mouth of a vice president of the company I currently work with; one of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies.
It’s obviously not about the fact that the top management cares about my well-being, but the words that were coming out of the VP’s mouth displayed to me that they can’t afford to lose me. It’s all about the money. And if I’m not happy, they don’t make their money, so, at least they’ll take the time to try to find me a spot that makes me happy, and that’s slightly encouraging at least.
So how DO you get a meeting with the VIP of a VIC (that would be very important company)? You earn people’s trust. You work hard. You build a critical skill set. If a company is paying you that much money to work for them, you give it all you’ve got. If and when you realize that you no longer can give it all, you move on. Life is too short to be miserable. Life is too short to be counting down the days to the weekend or to retirement. That meeting with the VP came for me when I gave my 2 weeks notice last Wednesday.
When I went back to work two months ago, I was really worried that the negativity of my posts would make it seem like I wasn’t a deserving person. I was afraid that if I did decide to move careers, or even just move jobs, that someone would read my blog, or find my Facebook fan page (add me please: https://www.facebook.com/DottieQuantumFans) and think that I was just a complainer, and wouldn’t want to hire me. But I’ve realized in the past few days, that the people I work with, even the people I’ve always worked with in the past, have held me in high regards, as I hold most of them, and they are sad to see me go. I am also sad that I have to leave them. In the past few days I have been offered ‘any job that you want in the program,’ ‘a job in another part of the local campus,’ as well as ‘a job in any location that you could think of across the United States. Please reconsider before walking out that door.’
In the past 6.5 years at the company I have met and worked with many incredible people, most of them the best in the business. I have learned so much, and I’ve had many great experiences. I’ve built my technical skill set as well as my people skills. I’ve learned to bridge the gap between the two in order to be more understanding and approachable both inside and outside the workplace. I cannot, and would not, trade the life experiences I’ve gained since I’ve lived here. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.
But it’s now time for me to move on. I don’t know where the future is taking me, but it involves 4 of the closest things to my heart (other than my family and my friendships) – travel, meeting new people, performing, and writing.
Disclaimer: I apologize to all the people I’ve talked to recently who have asked, ‘Hey, what’s new?’ and I avoided this new detail in my life. I appreciate the support of my friends and my family in my decision. (I’m a grown up and can make my own decisions. Thank you). If you don’t have anything positive to say on my decision, please don’t bring it up with me. I’ve spent too much of my life yielding to the advice of others, even if it’s gone against my heart and my intuition. I’m finally listening to myself. I cannot accommodate negativity in my life, and will cut that negativity loose if need be. Please support me. I’m a smart and industrious woman. And I have a WICKED exciting life ahead of me. Thank you.