I don’t care how old we are, going through our first major career transition is dramatic. You could be 22, 29, 35, or 40. No matter what the age making a shift in our careers brings anxiety. And a shift can be as straight forward as shifting industries but staying in a similar role. For some that is hugely dramatic. I vividly remember the early years of my career. Yes, like many young professionals today I went through similar challenges. I too started my career in the middle of a recession. I began my career in human resources. HR has been the constant through-out my career in various forms, but early on, I bounced around to various jobs within HR around the Boston area. Employers were really beginning to change regularly and layoffs were becoming more common. About 3 years out of college I landed a great recruiting job. After about a year of that I transferred to another office, within the same company, but as an assistant to the benefits manager. Well, I just thought that was crazy. Of course I was experienced enough to actually do benefits job, not the assistant. Why was I the assistant? I hope you are getting my humor here. The thoughts that filled my head were of confidence but very arrogant. Fortunately I had a wonderful VP who was kind enough to set me straight and gave me the option to either stay, and buckle down, or leave without any recourse. She offered to be a reference if I needed one. After a long stressful weekend of debating my options, I decided to leave and head out looking for something else. A year later I was being laid-off from a great HR job. More drama.
April 07, 2013