Today I am thankful that I have a job I enjoy and am reunited with my mentor.
I've been through a lot career-wise over the last several years; there have been some peaks but a whole lot of valleys. Going through all of those challenges makes me appreciate the fact that I've found a company and role where I belong. I changed jobs in July as I had the opportunity to work with my mentor again at a company that I respect. I actually wrote about my mentor during the 10 days of Thanksgiving last year in this post. In that post, I said the following:
"I'm not sure what my future holds career-wise but I'm hopeful that I
will find myself working with my mentor again as a team as, looking back
over the last 4 years, that is when I was most happy and content.
Whether or not that happens, I'm thankful that he's in my corner."
Luckily, I am working together with him as a team and it's been awesome. The reason I like working with him so much is that we have a great working relationship. We are honest with each other even when that requires giving constructive criticism. Best of all, we know that we always have each others' back. And - we have fun together at work.
Besides working with my mentor, I enjoy the rest of the people in the organization as well. My last job taught me that liking and respecting who you work for makes a huge difference in your level of job satisfaction. Of course it's not all sunshine and roses because no job is. But in general, I am very happy at work, feel challenged, and enjoy the work I do.
When I left my last position, which was a terrible fit, I felt a deep sense of shame. I felt like I should have been able to last there for more than 14 months. And when I shared the news about my new job with friends and family, I got a lot of comments about how often I change jobs, which made me feel even more shameful. Well, since leaving that job, the 2 other people on my team (we were a team of 3) have been let go due to an acquisition. So chances are that I, too, would have been let go. Since starting my new job I've felt more and more like it was the right decision to leave when I did, but finding out that the rest of the team has been let go has just confirmed that leaving was the right decision for me.
What are you thankful for today?