...I got a new job!
Random, I know. To be honest, I wasn't actively looking for jobs. I've really enjoyed CLEARLINK and some of the great people I've been able to work with. I've grown and stretched myself in ways I didn't know were possible! The company was great, the culture and perks were fantastic (minus the 6 pounds I gained in Costco orders #yikes) so why get a new job, you ask?
1. I saw this poster (posted in the CLEARLINK office ironically):
I'm not trying to be all sappy or anything, but this really struck a chord with me both personally and professionally. I had this weird quarter-life crisis/evaluation experience (I'm such a deep thinker these days, I know...sarcasm...) but I took a step back. I realized that I while I was comfortable, I wasn't (professionally) really doing what I wanted, what I studied in college, and what interested me most within marketing. From my first job out of college up until now I've been able to weed out the things that don't interest me and realize more of where I want to end up. Just as I was
probably napping and eating chocolate chips in deep contemplation about my career - out of nowhere came this opportunity at Qualtrics, a position on their Events Marketing team. I had my first day today and am so excited for this opportunity, it really seems surreal. It feels liberating to really be doing something that I am very interested in and excited about. An opportunity to be actively involved on a team, to contribute to the bottom line of a company and see the direct impact of the job I'm doing in terms of ROI gets my geeky blood flowing.
While I know this is somewhat of a career change for me, I am also happy for past jobs I've had and the broader marketing knowledge I've now acquired. I've been able to dip my fingers in multiple marketing channels for some time and am now excited to be more focused on an area that appeals to me. I really do enjoy so many aspects of marketing but this is just a great fit for me and my skill-set right now.
I'm sure this job will most likely be stressful, and far from perfect, but I can't wait! I'll be able to travel (a few times a month) and interact with our clients and meet new people and see new places. I am stoked for the opportunities that lie ahead.
2. Second reason - the drive is 22 minutes from my house. Yes, I timed it this morning (I could squeal!) For some that may be long, but for me (driving 55-65 minutes the last 5 months) that is insanely short.
Sidenote: have you been on i-15 in Utah County lately? That freeway is a beauty...
Again, I've had such great experiences at CLEARLINK, making it all the more difficult to step out of my comfort zone - but I can't wait for what lies ahead!