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 :)



22 comments:

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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

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

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  8. Congratulations! What a way to start 2013...so good to see people be happy! Thanks for sharing, and good luck!!

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  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!

    michelle
    purelytwins

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  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)

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

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  12. Congrats!! Sounds so awesome!

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

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  13. Woohoo! Congrats that sounds fabulous for you!

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  14. Congratulations girl. This job sounds perfect!

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

    You are amazing!!!! Congratulations. <3

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

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  17. 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!

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