At first glance, my resume probably makes me look like I’ve been all over the map. Literally, I guess I have. I’ve worked on both coasts of the country. I’ve been employed for years in large corporations, then freelanced out of my home, and most recently I went back to working for clients on site.
If you look more closely, perhaps one thread seems to hold my career path together: communication.
I spent years as a newspaper reporter and then went into book publishing after becoming a mom. These days, I’ve been working in digital media on the management side. (If you’ve read my blog for a while, then you know that I keep my clients’ identities off this site.) No matter how you look at it, though, it’s still about communicating to an audience.
Although I’ve had my share of bad bosses and office drama, I can genuinely say: I love what I do. (Great, right? Well, going into the writing field isn’t as lucrative as say, being a lawyer or a doctor — unless you’re a New York Times best seller?) Single motherhood has definitely changed my career habits — mostly in positive ways (you, too?). Pre-baby, you would have found me going out with my coworkers occasionally for a beer after a long day in the office. Motherhood has made me super-focused: buckling down at work, plugging away on deadlines, and then skirting out quickly for a school pick up, soccer practice, followed by kick boxing and cooking dinner.
So, I can feel my career turning a corner soon. Although I don’t have all the details just yet, I’m listening to my instincts and aiming for both fulfilling and fruitful. I’m imagining the kind of environment where I can use my strengths and keep it real, while still building communities.
On that note, what do YOU do for a living?
Do you feel passionate about your job?
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