I haven’t really been talking much about work lately. Last year, I moved out of a role in Program Management, and into a role in Sales and Marketing, as an Account Executive working with our Off-Highway customers. While living in Europe, I worked as an Account Manager in On-Highway, so I was familiar with the work and was really excited to advance my customer interactions and commercial knowledge.
However, in mid-November, my company announced that we’d be doing workforce reductions (a.k.a. “layoffs”). This was the third layoff that I’d experienced with this company, so I knew that things were going to be in flux for awhile. I wasn’t too worried about my position (though, anything can happen), but I knew that my group would probably take a hit.
So…imagine my surprise (and actually, I was shocked as hell), when I got pulled into a meeting with my boss and the General Manager to be told that, due to the layoffs, I was being moved into a new position, BACK into Program Management. So…here I am, 1 week before Christmas, and I’m being told that I’m leaving the role that I just moved into a few months prior, to go back to a role that I’d left.
I won’t lie…it took a day or so for me to wrap my mind around it and to get into a positive mindset. I was worried that I’d be overloaded like I was in my previous role, and the customer that I was going to be working with was notorious for being highly demanding. Frankly, I was terrified my life was going to suck.
I’m happy to say, after a full month, things are going fairly decently! I’m currently in Texas at a face-to-face meeting with the customer, and I’m feeling fairly settled. It’s a lot more firefighting than I did in Account work, but it’s exciting. The program launches in 2017, so I will be on this team for a year or so…and after that, I’m not quite sure.
That’s a little bit about what’s going on in my life currently! I’m super excited because, on Friday, I get to spend the weekend with my BFF, L! We’re going to drive to Waco and go to Magnolia Market (from the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”) and I can’t wait! Plus, I will say, Texas has some AMAZING food! Plenty to enjoy in this great state, for sure