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August 15, 2016

Today, the bittersweet moment came when I gave my letter of resignation to the Human Resource Manager at work.

Two years ago, I was very fortunate to be hired at my work as an IT Assistant (yes, I assist myself). I learned a lot about operating a business from multiple perspectives and met great coworkers. I would always go beyond my job duty to help the company out. The little things matter here. This job really came in handy for a college student who likes expensive food and shopping!

I am thankful that the managers at work believed in me over the months and would always encourage me to do my best. I get the job done one way or another. It has been a great journey, especially as a stepping stone into the business and technology world. However, it’s time for me to venture out to reach my dreams in the cyber security field.

During the fall quarter (2015), I applied to some companies. Most of them were looking for fall quarter graduates, so I was told to reapply during the spring. In total, I managed to score 2 interviews. The first interview was for a technology consulting firm, except I wasn’t too keen on the out-of-state traveling portion or the position itself. Even then, going through an interview is good for the experience.

Sometime during the fall quarter, the department chair told me that he wanted to connect me with people in the industry. The department chair met me back when I started college and watched me progress throughout the years. I participated in many cybersecurity competitions and was involved with the organizations at school. He connected me with a manager in one of the top accounting firms in the country. The company invited me to an interview (my second one) at a local office on the week of Christmas. I really enjoyed the interview because the manager wanted me to expand on what I had on my résumé. I didn’t feel like I was being set up for failure like the previous interview, which is a good sign. Getting a really good job offer in the cyber security field was the best Christmas gift I could’ve asked for.

I’m excited to start the new job in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to what’s in store at the new work and environment. My current workplace is 20 miles east from my house and the new one will be 15 miles west instead. It’s a completely new town that I’m not familiar with- but not for long! This is a great opportunity for me to grow and learn more about the security field.

To those who always believed in me, thank you ❤️.

16 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ August 16, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Congratulations on your new position, Nancy! I think it shows a lot that your department chair connected you to that new place. The department chair saw your dedication and great work ethics increase over the years, so hard work do pay off!

    It is definitely bittersweet saying farewell to your current workplace, though. I’ve been with my current one for over four years, and I’ve been with this organisation for almost nine years . . . it’s what I know of, and I have to now face the unknown at my new place. I will definitely miss my current workplace, but I’m also excited to go forth on a new adventure . . . well, I’m also scared out of my mind, but I’ll try not to dwell on that too much!

    I wish you the best of luck with your new job, Nancy. You’re a fantastic individual, and I think any company will be lucky to have you. Heck, I’d hire you, too! Keep up all the awesomeness and more! You rock!

  2. Holly ☆ August 16, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Congratulations on the new job! I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience and a good stepping stone in your career.

    At least your resignation was bittersweet. It’s better than leaving a job because you hate it!

  3. Chynna ☆ August 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I had an image of your sassily snapping your fingers and going ~yes, I assist myself~ LOL.

    It’s so great that you had this opportunity, and it’s always good to build your skills so that when you go to your new job you can apply them there, as well as earning new ones. Like unlocking achievements in a game 😛

    Interviews are always great experience. I’ve had many, and it definitely builds up your confidence.

    Congratulations on your new job, and always know that I am proud of you no matter what you do! <3

  4. Cat ☆ August 16, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Yay, congrats on the new job! I think it’s great that you learned so much at your current job and had such a good work environment. It’s sad to leave things like that, but sometimes you have to keep moving forward 🙂 That’s also awesome that your department chair connected to you to your new company and that it’s in the field that you wanted!

    Congrats again, and I wish you the best at your new job! 😀

  5. Georgie ☆ August 16, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    oOMGMGGGgg congratulations Nancy! I’m so happy for you. I know you have learned a shit ton over the past couple of years. My first job that I had during university was like that as well. I’m so glad that the company gave you what you needed to move forward in your career.

    Best of luck with the new job. I can’t wait to hear more of your kickass stories. I am sure everyone in the company will be very welcoming. WOMEN REPRESENT 🙂

    It must be odd travelling in the opposite direction. I have worked in the city my whole life and a change would be good, to be honest! 😛

  6. Alice B ☆ August 17, 2016 at 2:07 am

    you really are such an active person. every time i remember your achievements in study or in life, it makes me think like “whoa, nancy is this great. who cares if she doesn’t have time to game much – she’s doing productive things for her life!” and then i look at myself and….i see a lazy ass couch potato who doesn’t wanna do and participate in crap and only want to game 24/7. this is so embarrassing 😛

    i also think you’re a cool person. anyone who does cyber security is cool imo. idk, it’s just… there’s that “i’m a tech geek expert and i can hack your account” vibe lol. i watch too many movies, obviously.

    anyway, good luck with the new position and congrats too 😀 you’re a really bright person!!

  7. Kimmy ☆ August 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

    It’s always scary to start something new especially when you’ve grown accustomed to and feel comfortable in your current position.

    I’m happy you’re taking a chance and I wish you luck in the new life adventure! You can do it!!!

  8. Christine ☆ August 18, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Congratulations on your new job! I wish you the best of luck in your new career. It can be so hard to leave somewhere “comfortable” and learn a whole new set of people that you’ll be working with, but it’s enriching at the same time. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  9. Ongaku ☆ August 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Wow, that sounds like an awesome work environment! Congrats on the new job and good luck on it! I wish my job was more pushing to get us to grow. I kind of don’t feel all that important even though I work my ass off. It’s depressing. Someday I will move to a whole new town and pray that the work fields are better there.

  10. Tiff K ☆ August 19, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Congratulations on a new chapter of your life!! It’s so cool that you also got the job that you wanted.

    I love new things. It’s gonna be exciting especially that you’re in a new part of the city. Good luck!! 😀

  11. Pauline ☆ August 19, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Oh Nancy, I was expecting this post like months ago! Haha,! Knowing how proactive you are and determined – I always have believed in you! This is such a great experience and I’m sure you will do everything you can to go above expectations of you! Congrats sweetie, I’m always team #1 Nancy!!!

    I love how you resigned on a great note, its always great to keep in touch and reflect on all the skills you learnt from your previous role 😀

    I’ve had recommendations to job roles previously from interviewers myself and it has always been a great feeling knowing that people think of you when new positions pop up! That’s how I got my current placement – through recommendations! 🙂

    Congrats again Nancy, hope you’re celebrating well 😉 <3

  12. Lucy ☆ August 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Congratulations on the new job! It’s always hard to leave an existing role, especially one that’s worked with and pushed you but I’m sure they’re glad for you too

  13. Amy ☆ August 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Big congrats on the new job! It’ll be great to work somewhere different and gain more experience. And I bet you’ll enjoy exploring a new town, also. Hope you enjoy it!

    I always get really sad during the last few days of a job. Even jobs I’ve hated I’ve been sad to leave! But new things are always exciting.

    Congrats again!

  14. Raisa ☆ August 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Congratulations on the new job! Leaving a workplace is always bittersweet, but you gotta take the opportunity when they come!

  15. Becca ☆ September 1, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I’m so proud and happy for you Nancy! You scored an AWESOME job and I know that you will do awesome, whatever that position and company may hold for you. Like you said, you “get it done”!

    Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye, but you have so many good memories and great experiences that you can take away from your previous position. It sounded like the perfect stepping stone for you during college to make some money and to get some good experience. Congratulations Nancy and I’m excited to hear about your new job when you start!

    • Nancy ☆ September 5, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you, Becca ❤️. Let’s start out our new jobs with bang!! Stepping stone jobs are great as a resume filler to get that serious job position :). Money is good, experience is better!

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