This Corporate Dress is Makin’ a Change
Per the blog name (and if anyone has perused the “About Me” section), you probably know that along with my “Creative Mess” side that insipired the blog, also comes my “Corporate Dress” side, consisting of my 8-5 (give or take) full time Marketing job. Well, watch out world, this corporate dress is makin’ a career change.
Three and a half years ago, I was a ‘fresh outta college grad’, eager to find a job in Marketing. Knowing little to nothing about what the real workforce would be like, I landed a Marketing position at a Fortune 1000 company in the Twin Cities area. On top of being my first “real” job out of college, I was eager and excited that the industry was was salons and haircare, a niche that has grown near and dear to my heart over the past 3.5 years. I am a passionate person. What I work with each and every day, I need to be passionate about or else I think I would be miserable. The salon industry has given me the perfect combination of the exciting haircare environment, while being able to support salon brands with strategic Marketing efforts.
Now was it all sunshine and rainbows? No. I don’t think any job will ever be. I can say with certainty that I have literally endured blood, sweat, and tears at this job (ok, the blood may have been cutting boxes of hair products open, but hey, that counts). The company has been under major transition in my years there, with multiple rounds of layoffs and organizational changes. While this brought about hardships in workload and emotional strains, seeing fond co workers come and go, it has definitely taught me a lot in the process.
Here is my thank you to all whom I have worked with. It is you, the people is who I will miss most. The coworkers who made the good days fun, and the bad days easier. I have been so fortunate to work with such amazing people who have taught me so much in my career. From the coffee-runs to the happy hours, to the typical 8:00-5:00 (ok, maybe later than 5:00) I have truly felt so supported by the people around me. While it is time to move onto a new opportunity, I know that over the last 3.5 years, I have come across some of the best in the biz, or maybe just the best people out there.
My new endeavor will be quite a change from where I am now. My current fortune 1000 company employs hundreds of people at their home office alone (not counting the employees stretching over the 11,000 salons it supports). My new “corporate dress” job will be with a small Marketing company with 15 employees. I am so excited to be a part of an intimate, small team of people and to help collaborate and drive strategic Marketing initiatives for their business. What’s even better? A lot of their clients are- salons! Yes, I get to stay within the industry of which I hold so dear to my heart.
I walk away from my fortune 1,000 “corporate dress” job with connections I will keep for life, and experience that is second to none. As I prepare for my new career endeavor, I am humbled with gratitude and appreciation for where I am now, and the experiences over the last 3.5 years. Cheers to change and growth!
(This post needed a photo, an uplifting quote, and just a darn good Minnesota summer photo welcoming us into lake weather. Check, check, and check!)