High Risk, High Reward

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

It’s that old saying: everything will work itself out. Sometimes when you’re in a moment of anxiety and distress that’s the last thing you want to hear from someone. But when it’s all said and done, it’s funny how things usually do just fall into place.

Two weeks ago I gave my notice at my employer, Scarletta Press. No, I did not have a Steven Slater moment. I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. In fact, I didn’t sleep the night before. The thing that made it so hard was that I’ve had a great experience working there. The people I worked with were smart and fun. The responsibilities I had taught me so much about project management, self-discipline, and not being afraid to bring new ideas to the floor. I had the opportunity to take on a lot as my first real job out of college and I’m so grateful for my time there. And after two years of finding my groove and taking on my position, it hit me that it was time to move on.

It’s crazy what you can learn about yourself in two years. The people I’ve met, the projects I’ve worked on — they’ve all played a part in helping me figure out where want to go. And after two years, I realized my direction had changed a bit from when I first moved back to Minneapolis from Milwaukee. Reasonable thinking led me to believe that leaving a job before I had something else lined up was not smart, especially in this economy. But based on my new outlook, I decided to take the risk.

And that’s where that old saying came into play. I barely had a chance to tell the people around me of my decision to leave when an opportunity popped up in my inbox for a social media position at a health and wellness organization. It sounded perfect, I sent in my resume, I interviewed, and I was hired.

Umm, what? I’m kind of in shock. But more excited than anything. It just goes to show that sometimes you need to do what doesn’t look good on paper to make something happen.

Starting this week, I will be working for iMobileWellness as their social media manager. iMobileWellness is a community based site launching next month focused on providing helpful information for physicians, patients, and their families.

While I’m sad to leave Scarletta, I’m excited to get started in this new role and put to use what I know about the social sphere and building a community online. Not to mention experience a completely new industry.

Also, I’m looking forward to being able to add my two cents to the conversation when I get together with all my Marquette girls next. Hey, it’s rough being the only PR girl at the dinner table with a bunch of nurses, speech pathologists, and audiologists ;)

To those who have offered their advice and support the past couple weeks (you know who you are), thank you. Really.

Now on to the next!

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