New job, too!

It’s been about a month since I started my new day job. I’m back in the industry I love, doing what I love to do. I’m so happy! But, I haven’t gotten to this point without a struggle.

If you didn’t know, about ten months ago, I had also accepted a new position, leaving an organization I had been with for seven years. It was a hard decision, but in order to keep developing my skills and move up in the world, it had to be done. I just wish I would have listened to my gut.

I had to make the move for my own professional development, but man, I wish I would have skipped that organization, and just come straight to my new job. I know it was a stepping stone that led me to where I am now, but it has been an interesting year, to say the least.

Now, I’m in my new organization with the previous just a distant memory. I’m happy to be training on software and building the cloud based infrastructure for a large division. It’s great to be back in the industry I love!

All this to say, sometimes you have to choose to go through hell to get to paradise.

If I had listened to my intuition those many months ago, I may never have gotten to where I am now. I could feel it in my soul that my previous organization wasn’t right for me, but I did it anyway. I chose to go there, even with red flags flying, because I knew I had to gain momentum. I had to start the process of moving, even though I was sure it wasn’t going to be a forever home.

I’m glad to have had the experience because now I know exactly what I don’t want and how to get back to everything I do.

Next Adventure: New Job

About eight months ago, I left an organization that I had been with for seven years. For a day job, it was a great place to work, but I was hungry for more that I knew I wouldn’t find there. I was offered a new opportunity at an extremely fast growing company, and was ready for the challenge.

The company I had been with for so long was in the water/wastewater industry. It’s considered quasi government, so to me, it felt like a community service organization. I hated to leave the industry, especially for a government contracting gig, but the new industry sounded interesting, too (aerospace)! I was happy to move up in the world of titles, responsibility, and, let’s face it, compensation, but it didn’t take me long to feel like something was missing.

The aerospace organization I joined has a mission to “change the world”. It is admirable and achievable based on the direction and projects the company is working on. I sincerely believe, one day, they will, but I have found myself wanting.

I miss the feeling of service. I miss the understanding that without the water/wastewater industry a community, or even broader, civilization, would crumble. The feeling that I am doing something to help my neighbors had given me such peace, and I miss it!

Thus, after eight fast paced months, I have found my way back. I accepted a position at a new-to-me organization in the water/wastewater industry, and I am over the moon to be rejoining the public sector! I cannot wait to start to feel the gratification of service again!

While I have made many friends and colleagues at the aerospace company, I finally feel like I am going back where I belong! Today marks the end of the chapter of self-realization in my day job attribute, and Monday begins my gratitude that I finally feel like I understand myself in this small way. I love the water/wastewater industry! #Waterislife