Goodbye cubicle. Goodbye short commute. Goodbye clients. Goodbye frustaration and boredom. Goodbye government meeting planning.
I am closing the current chapter of my career and wow---I feel great! A few months ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and changed companies. It was the right thing to do (timing was good, etc). However, the impression I was given during my interview was not what actually occurred in "real life". I have worked very hard the last few years to gain experience, build a solid network in the industry, and to stay on top of all the trends in the industry. If I can say so myself, I have done very well and am an excellent meetings/event planner. The last 6 months in this position has not afforded me a single chance to use my skills. They needed an entry level assistant, not an experienced planner. At this point in my career, I am just not ready to sit idle at my job. I want more....I want to be challenged, I want to stretch my knowledge, I want to actually plan meetings/events (imagine that!).
So I started looking for new positions. I looked in all the different sectors of the industry and landed a position in the association planning arena. Associations, in general, offer so much more for meeting/event planners in long term career advancement. Its a great opportunity for me and I cant wait to start. Today is the last day in my government planning career. Next Thursday is the start of a new me. The first day at a new job is so hard. But I also see it as an opportunity for me. I can leave all the frustaration, etc behind me and start anew with a new office, new colleagues, and a new career path.
Hello office with a door and a window. Hello longer commute. Hello new challenges. Hello new sector of the planning industry. Hello more travel. Hello new me!!!!
BTW---So excited because I already have my first trip planned with the new company in March!! Nashville---here I come!!!!!