Beyond the #Girlbossmoment: Alynn Beyder Takes the Leap Toward Adventure + Her Dream Job!
“By the time I was 24, I had lived in four countries and six cities, changing aspirations more often than my hair color. I always prided myself on my spontaneity and independence, but as I grew older, the traits I once boasted about were quickly overshadowed by fear and uncertainty about my future. I had graduated college with a 3.7 GPA and a dual concentration in international business and marketing, and yet I was working odd jobs and long hours, coming home smelling like whiskey or sweat, flinching every time a family member so much as mentioned the word ‘career.’ It was time for health insurance, business cards, and weekends off; I needed stability. Once I made the decision, I packed my bags and said my goodbyes and woke up in New York City less than ten hours later.
It didn’t take me very long to find my footing in The City That Never Sleeps, and before I knew it, three years had passed with me living in the same Brooklyn fourth floor walk-up, working for a large well-known music company, and doing my best to also keep up with my first real serious relationship. This was the most stability I’d ever had, but I wasn’t happy. I found myself holding onto a relationship that wasn’t moving forward and a job that left me yearning for more; I felt undervalued and pigeon-holed, unclear about my future once again. I had consistently received positive feedback from management, clients and internal teams, yet following the reorganization of the company, I was given a position that doubled my workload and lacked upward mobility. Exhausted, frustrated, and underpaid, I convinced myself and anyone who would listen that I was not in the right mindset to seek out a better fit, let alone confidently sell myself to a prospective employer. The last thing I wanted to do after a long day of crouching behind my MacBook was more work in the form of a job search. I felt like I was cheating every time I would take a call from a recruiter or respond to job posting while in the office.
But after months of uneasiness, I’d had enough. I ended my two-year relationship and gave my notice at a very well-known music company with no backup plan, living in arguably the most expensive city in America. It wasn’t surprising when the concerned calls from family members and friends started pouring in. My confidence dwindled.
But after a week in the Midwest recharging with family, I was ready to begin my new full-time job search. Reaching out to my professional network, researching job openings, tailoring cover letters and blocking out hours of my day for interviews, I knew I wanted to work for a company where I was more than just a needle in a haystack, where I could apply my creativity and contribute to strategic planning. Two weeks and five interviews later, I received a job offer as a Product Marketing Manager with a global marketing automation software company. After some negotiation, I happily accepted the offer, making 50% more than my previous role!
I had two and a half weeks left in my shorter-than-expected unemployment stint, so I hopped on a last-minute flight for a solo trip to Costa Rica. Feeding off of my high from the last month, I booked myself on a Saturday and flew out that following Wednesday. I zip-lined over the La Fortuna waterfall, hiked at the foot of the Arenal volcano and through the Monteverde cloud forest, embraced the rain while wading in the natural hot springs, and watched a vulture fly off carrying a kitten in his talons. A week later, I started my new job.”
Three pieces of advice for those seeking a career change:
1. You are the only one in charge of your future. Filter out the unsolicited advice and remember that what may have worked for your brother’s coworker’s neighbor may not be the right move for you. As Bob Dylan once crooned, “The times they are a-changin’.” If you land a job that turns into a career and you’re able to grow with the same company, consider yourself fortunate, but job hopping does not have the same stigma it once did. If you’re ready for a change, don’t let outside influences get behind the wheel.
2. Address your concerns as soon as possible. Whether you’ve been in the position for one month or one year, as soon as you find yourself having second thoughts, take a step back and identify what’s missing. Underpaid? Do the unthinkable and ask for a raise. Unmotivated? Take on more projects or ask to shadow coworkers in other departments for new perspectives. If the void still exists, seriously consider moving on. You’ll be okay, I promise.
3. Do your research. Don’t leave one bad situation for a similar one. Figure out where you would like to be five years from now so you can start taking the steps necessary as soon as possible. Sign up for courses, attend networking events, and subscribe to relevant content channels to discover a new career path. Utilize your professional network, be your biggest supporter, and ask for what you want.