Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Taking Chances- My New Career!

Some big changes are happening in my life this week.
After 5 years I am leaving the company I have worked for since I was in college.
I am leaving the television industry I was so eager to be a part of 6 years ago.

Originally my plan was to work in production, however I was completely unaware of how difficult finding a job would be.

I started off as a Master Control Operator, sounds intense right?
The position required me to sit and watch TV for 8 hours straight.
It was awful.

I then transitioned into an Associate Director position where I would check the logs for air, basically making sure the commercials matched the play list and graphics/ratings were correct for the show.
Again, it wasn't what I wanted to be doing so I decided if I was going to "make it" in this industry I needed to get myself into NYC.

I accepted a position as an Ad Sales coordinator in November 2010 for Wedding Central, a sister channel for WEtv. It was a risk taking this job because it meant going from full time status to a temp, even though I was working 8 hours a day and commuting 90 minutes both ways.
My father worked in the city for USA Networks for over 25 years and he was the reason I got into this industry to begin with. He always said to me, "You have to be in the city." So I took a leap of faith, and a pay cut, and started this job.

The channel went under 6 months later.
Fortunately WEtv had a position open in the same department and they moved me there.
Where I have been for almost 2 years.

The job itself is not my dream, not even in the slightest.
I do it because it pays my bills.
I dread my commute every single day.

I have been trying to get out of this job, out of the city for almost a year.
Interview after interview I was always the "runner up" for the various positions I applied for.

Fast forward to last Friday.
I was sitting on the couch at home, drained from another long week of working/gymming/commuting applying for jobs on Craig's List and came across one for Social Media Director close to my home.

I applied on the spot and surprisingly received a response Saturday morning asking if I could come in for an interview that afternoon.
I interviewed and accepted the position that night.

My commute is going from 90 minutes to 6.
My hours are 9:30- 5:30 with flexibility around my class schedule [HUGE HUGE HUGE plus]
My new boss is AMAZING from what I know so far.
The company is for Women's vitamins and supplements.
I will be working in Social Media!

I have not been this happy about working in a long time.
Everything that has happened since Saturday proves to me that I have made the right decision and I can't wait to start on February 11th :)


  1. Congrats! It sounds like this is going to be a welcome change for you. :-) Super exciting!

  2. YAY CONGRATULATIONS!!! So very exciting and happy for you!

  3. Congrats! I'm taking the plunge and getting myself ready to apply to graduate school programs to move my career ina different directions. It's scary but exciting!

  4. Congratulations! I'm so very happy for you. You are the perfect fit for this company. Wishing you all the best! :)

  5. Wow, that sounds fabulous! Good for you!!

  6. Congratulations, that's so exciting...I hope you LOVE it!!

  7. WOOTWOOT!! Congrats lady!! Good luck on this new adventure :)

  8. Congratulations! What a way to start good to see people be happy! Thanks for sharing, and good luck!!

  9. congrats so excited for you!! I do social media for companies too, it is nice way to have a flexible schedule! wishing you all the best!


  10. Congratulations! Social media will be blast, especially for such a company. Plus, you can't beat that commute (coming from someone who does 80 miles a day)

  11. Congrats on your big move!

  12. Congratulations!! Sounds awesome!

  13. This is GREAT news! Glad you will be closer to home!

  14. Congrats!! Sounds so awesome!

    Looking forward to hearing more about the gig. I think it'd be a blast to work in social media!

  15. Woohoo! Congrats that sounds fabulous for you!

  16. Congratulations girl. This job sounds perfect!

  17. GroovyAmy (@bellbottomz)February 1, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    You are amazing!!!! Congratulations. <3

  18. Congrats!!! Way to go :) You're going to be awesome in a social media position - well, because you already are :)

  19. Congratulations! Crazy enough I am also leaving my job in television. I've been working on the production side for the last 5 years, before that I was at a network. Sadly there is not a ton of tv work to be found in Seattle, so I'm starting my own consulting business. Enjoy the changes! You'll do great!