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 :)


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