Career Changes

Twenty-eight months ago I had a vague feeling that I needed to be working at something other than finance in a financial services firm.  Twenty-eight months.  That’s all.  It feels like eons ago.

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I took five months off to travel, study, network, see if I could bring any sort of shape to that vague feeling.  It felt virtually impossible to know what else was out there in terms of careers when I had been doing more or less similar work for eleven years.  As my “find myself” nest egg ran out, an old Boston College classmate dropped a Chief Financial Officer opportunity in my lap.  With his introduction smoothing the way, the role was mine to win or lose.  “I’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to be CFO,” I thought to myself as I accepted an offer of employment.

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Career Joy: The Lightbulb

You spent the formative years of your childhood playing in the yard that took your dad three hours to mow with a push lawnmower. He carefully edged around the vegetable garden that sprouted baseball bat-sized zucchini in the summer which your mom turned into chocolate zucchini cake with orange cream cheese frosting when she ran out of more traditional uses for the squash. You and your sister made paths through the fallen maple leaves in the fall, sledded down the yard’s sizeable hill in the winter, helped turn over your mom’s tulip beds in the spring, and swung on the swings of your aluminum tube swing set in the summer.

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