Find a Career That is Fulfilling

Last August, I finally decided to do something about being unhappy in my job. It hit me that no one would solve my problems but, well, me. So I put on my big girl panties (and, let's be honest, probably pulled out a wedgie) and tried to make sense of what I should be doing. Check out more details about this charade here. So where did all of this get me?

At first, nowhere. I continued in my job and kept an eye out for job postings within and outside of my firm.

And then one day something fell into my lap, parachute-army-man style. My manager pulled me aside and explained that she was approached by the lead of a small internal finance / IT group. They were looking to add a team member based in Chicago. She thought I'd be an pretty good fit.

The team was tiny--consisting of only seven members across the North and South America. And they were the "go-to" support for those in my current financial analyst role. Coincidentally, I had contacted them many times in the past for help with various issues. They were friendly encyclopedias that had a knack for speaking in "plain English".

I agreed to give it a shot and, with the encouragement of my manager, submitted my résumé in early December. The next month was a whirlwind of interviews. I spoke with nearly every member of the tight-knit team and was impressed. Part geek squad member, part financial analyst, part jack of all a team member, you did it all.  I wanted in.  Badly.  This was right up my alley and I could just feel it!

I was selected as a part of the team in early February and have spent the past three months getting my feet wet. It's a small team and I walk into every day not knowing what kind of troubleshooting I'll have to do.

Most oftentimes I get the standard question: How do I do.....________?

Other times I get the panicked: I made a huge mess of things, and I need to fix it.  Help!!!

And sometimes it's just a conversation that starts with: I know what I'm supposed to do, but I just don't understand how it works. Can you explain it to me?

So far, I absolutely love it :)  I will keep you posted on how things go over the next few months as I get more involved with the team.