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Chronicles of a Graduate: Workforce Roller Coaster

By Patty Marra, Series Guest Blogger

Greetings, Women’s Ally readers.  It’s been a busy couple weeks over here in new-grad land.  We’ll start off with a few stats this week:

  • I have officially been a member of the workforce for a month and a half.
  • Over the course of a month and a half, I have had two jobs.

Yup, Surprise! I Moved

I know what you’re thinking.  “Patty, isn’t that an awfully quick move?”  Yes, yes it was.  But I assure you, it was merited.  It was a combination of what we will file under “personal stuff,” a three hour round-trip commute and a dead-end answer to the question, “where is this going?”  When an opportunity came along, I had to look at my life and make a split-second decision.  In my gut, I knew that I would regret staying far more than I would regret leaving, because leaving meant the opportunity to move closer to my end goal—to land a role in a corporate learning department.  With that knowledge, I gave my first two weeks’ notice.  It was generally unpleasant, and I don’t plan on doing it again anytime soon.

Getting my first job was a phenomenal learning experience for me.  Committing eight+ hours of my day to something really made me think about what I value in a job.  I learned that I need to have human interaction.  So many positions that are available are more about building a relationship with your computer than with human beings, but for me, that human piece is important. I like to be able to see the impact of my work in the organization.  Specifically, I like to help people.  While I had thought about corporate learning as a long-term goal, it wasn’t until I began working that I realized corporate learning was really the route I wanted to take.

What Else did I learn? 

Well, I learned that the workplace environment is very important.  I want to work somewhere that not only values its employees, but expresses its appreciation for the work they do.  I want to work somewhere that encourages constant learning, and cultivates opportunities for growth.  Oh, and encouragement of work-life balance would be fabulous as well.

So, as you can see, it’s been an awfully hectic couple of weeks.  However, I’m settling into my new cubicle (which is definitely an upgrade, I have to say) and learning the ropes.  We’ll see what new challenges await behind door number two.

About the Author

Patty MarraPatty Marra is a freshly graduated alumna of Marquette University, who is working on answering the question, “…what next?”  She is navigating the ever-evolving hiring maze of today’s business environment, and sharing the pieces of knowledge she learns along the way.  She loves social media, but appreciates a good face-to-face conversation.  Long-term, she is looking to establish a career in marketing project management, and help everyone she can along the way.  You can get in touch with her by email, or you can find more of her thoughts via her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Does this sound familiar? Are you in the same situation?  Have you been here before -- what's your advice for Patty? Please comment below.

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