It always amuses me when people think that I sit at home behind my computer and blog for a living. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Blogging is a hobby that I kind of fell into – but if you check my LinkedIn profile you will see that I am Post Graduate Human Resources Professional with 10+ years of experience in various industries. Guess I am just dropping some knowledge for those, not in the know. Self-promotion never hurt anyone.
Anyway I feel like we are only midway through the first month of 2017 and already husbae and I are making bold moves. In the last blog post, I let you know that we have decided to stay in the capital city of Australia. I am sitting in the dark (don’t ask me why) writing this as I embrace the fact that today was my last day with my current employer.
When I started with the organisation I was still a young bushy eyed twenty-something girl who was itching to take on the world. Now I leave as a wife and a mother who is wanting to make her next solid career move. After six years, the people in my workplace have become like a second family, along with the family ups, downs, drama and laughter. Yes, you read right, six years – which is almost unheard of for the millennial generation.
So why did I stay? I stayed because I enjoyed my role, I liked the people I worked with (that is always a plus), the role was challenging and kept pushing me to do more and grow.
Initially, when I broke the news to my boss and colleagues – they asked why I was leaving? I’ve always found this to be an awkward question – it’s like you have dumped someone and now you have to explain why you can’t be together anymore. There I go avoiding the question again… So, to answer the question, having been with my current organisation for six years I was starting to feel like part of the furniture. I could anticipate moves, conversation outcomes, how this person would react to this and that, budgets, tasks, and so forth.
One would think that after coming back to work from maternity leave I would just be content doing what I was doing before. Well as it turns out that just was not enough for me. After encountering and facing motherhood dead in the eye and returning to work, I really felt that I was no longer truly stretching myself and that I am capable of doing more.
Am I in my feelings? A little. Well for starters, it’s will be quite a transition to go from being a household name in one organisation to being a relatively unknown person in another. I have to learn how this new organisation’s people like to work and prove that they have made the best decision in appointing me into this business-critical role. If I am honest, I am nervous and slightly anxious, but at the same time I am confident that my skill set and experience will allow me to give them a real run for their money.
I am excited to say that my new role sees me take the lead role in talent acquisition. I will have complete responsibility and autonomy to attract, source, recruit, hire and onboard employees within the organisation.
I think it is important to mention that without having had the hands-on experience that I had at my current workplace I would not have been adequately prepared for this new role. Consequently, I would like to thank my current employer for the opportunity that they gave me to learn and grow and form some fantastic friends who I will continue to see in the industry.
In closing, to move away from your comfort zone and basically take a career gamble takes tremendous guts and self-confidence. I am fortunate to have my husbae, my family and friends cheering me on to use my God given talents to the fullest.