Dust Yourself Off and Try Again

January 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Career Moves | Leave a comment

One of the big goals I had for when I turned 30 was to get to the next level in my career.  I have been working hard, consistently growing and improving, for the past 8 years.  I have been determined, assertive and knowledgeable. I have done all that I can to get ahead, including moving to new companies when opportunity seems to fall short. And now with just 3 weeks left until I turn 30, it looks like my career goal will be delayed.

I say delayed because although it won’t be met by my birthday, I still have hope that I can meet it during my 30th year.  I have to hold out hope that I can find a way to make it happen, even if I am feeling discouraged.  In my career, I have had many set backs, some of which were budgetary, some of which were based on someone’s opinion that I wasn’t ready, some of which I just got dealt the short end of the stick, but I’ve always persevered.  I always try to stay one step ahead of the game.

But things just don’t always go according to plan, and priorities change.  Sometimes it’s just about having some stability so you can move other parts of your life forward.  That’s how I treated it when I was engaged.  Work was really hard for me at times while I was planning  a wedding, but it was at least a constant.  If I were switching jobs while planning the big day, it would have been a mess.

While that’s all behind me now, I still really want that stability.  I don’t want to start anew if I don’t have to and I really don’t want to lose my vacation time.  My travel bug is biting and I want to prioritize that and my living situation.  But my career goals are not out of my sight.  I just need to find a way to reach my goal.  I may get knocked down ten more times before I get there, but I’ll always get up again.

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