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I Reinvented My Career After a Layoff—Here’s How

I Reinvented My Career After a Layoff—Here's How

One year ago, you would have found me sitting at the boardroom table of a prominent financial services company, ready to deliver my Q2 report. I was 30 years old, the youngest member of the firm’s management team, and at the table of a 46th-floor board room with enormous windows and the most breathtaking view of Chicago. I was polished, engaging, and articulate as I provided feedback that mattered to a table of mostly men. I had a secure position, five direct reports, and a work family that loved me. But inside, the feeling that I was settling was undeniable. I knew my purpose lay outside of that firm, but little did I know it would take a global pandemic and an unexpected lay off to help me acknowledge and step into it. Here are the unexpected things that happened next:

 

I let go of stability

I was working for this company for almost nine years. Nine years! That may as well be a century in millennial years. I had been promoted three times, had a stellar income, and earned respect in this male-dominated industry. I had felt passion and purpose for many years and rarely dreaded going into the office. But as I turned 31, the feeling of being stuck seemed to attach itself to me. “On paper,” I had everything I had wanted up until that point, but what I desired next was to lead more than just my team. My company voiced on occasion that they intended to move me into a more senior…

I Reinvented My Career After a Layoff-Here’s How

One year ago, you would have found me sitting at the boardroom table of a prominent financial services company, ready to deliver my Q2 report. I was 30 years old, the youngest member of the firm’s management team, and at the table of a 46th-floor board room with enormous windows and the most breathtaking view of Chicago.



I Reinvented My Career After a Layoff—Here’s How

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