3 Year Work Anniversary

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3 years ago today I was a nervous wreck as I drove downtown for the first day of my current job. I sat in the parking garage for at least 20 minutes because I was so nervous and didn’t want to be late for my first day. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Prior to this job I had worked for 6 years at a restaurant. It was my very first job that I started when I was only 17 and I loved it! Saying goodbye to my co-workers was difficult and I was scared to leave my comfort zone. I thought about staying at this restaurant forever but I had worked so hard for my college degree and I wanted to do something more impactful.

I had dreamed of working in a big city doing social media marketing for a super cool company. I’d dress perfectly and have everything figured out. At 22 I had no idea what I was doing. I took a bad social media marketing class and threw the idea of marketing out the window for a job in finance. I knew nothing about the financial industry and was honestly in way over my head.

For the first few months I begged myself to make it a year in my job. I loved the company but I didn’t feel like I fit in at all. I was super depressed because it was such a cool place to work but I hated it.

So I made a change. I talked to my boss and switched roles within my department. I loved my co-workers and quickly made friends and an impact on the team. I worked my way up, covered a difficult maternity leave, and got promoted! I haven’t thought about quitting in a long time.

3 years ago I started this job that I thought would get me some good work experience. Here I am absolutely loving my job everyday and imagining staying forever. It’s funny how much things change in only 3 years!

I’m proud of how far I have come in 3 years and I know I will continue to grow within my role. My team is amazing and I have two leaders who want me to succeed. I never thought I’d enjoy a job in finance but it’s interesting, challenging, and exciting.

Here’s to many more happy years!

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9 thoughts on “3 Year Work Anniversary

  1. motherhoodnmedia says:

    Congrats on 3 years at your job! That’s awesome you found something you love so much! This post gave me hope– I’m currently working a job I don’t dislike but don’t really like either. I, too, feel like I don’t fit in and I’m sticking it out day by day for the experience. I hope I grow to love it or find a position that I do.

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    • Life of Hayley says:

      Thank you!! I hope you are able to find joy in your current position. I know how hard that is! If you still don’t like it though make sure to give yourself grace and look for other opportunities if needed. It’s so hard to feel like you don’t fit in at work! I found that with time that feeling went away and I was able to make some really great work friends! I wish the same for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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