I was delighted to read an article about a curvy career path on The Pool. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has had twists and turns in their career. Although the backbone of mine has always been retail and lifestyle; it hasn’t been a natural path: from working on the shop floor at Majestic Wine (the best graduate job ever learning about wine!) to PR and communications, event management, marketing and most recently content marketing or contract publishing as it used to be called.
The funny thing is I thought that businesses would like my broad skill set offering an overarching view of markeing and business and yet it appears that it’s not always the case. Recruitment consultants don’t know where to place me and roles seem to be getting more defined with a very specific skill set. Is this not short-sighted or maybe, dare I say it, I’m too old and too expensive? I love to learn new things and embrace change so that shouldn’t be an issue and what I can offer is over 20 years of experience, team management and overcoming challenges. Surely that’s worth something?
I would love to think of myself as a multipotentialite as per Emily Wapnick’s inspiring Ted talk but I don’t think I’m that clever! However I do feel that it does describe my approach to work and how I thrive in my wiggly career path. I think we should embrace our careers in whatever shape or form they take – one size definitely doesn’t fit all.
I’m up for another twist in my career – is anybody else up for the challenge?