I went away to college (CMSU - name has changed now) and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Rehabilitation. I then stayed there to continue my education in pursuing a Masters in High School Counseling. I came back to St. Louis to get married and decided I needed a job... so I started applying everywhere and anywhere. I ended up on an interview in Clayton on a cold cold November day in 2004. I remember walking in and just being myself. I talked to the employees, did my best on the interview, and left feeling pretty decent. I got the call that afternoon and was offered the job... The job was an "office manager" position. It wasn't in my field and less money than I had expected, but since I was getting married in 6 months and we were in the process of buying a house I took it AND... I am so glad I did...
I started out in the file room - worked my way up to an analyst - and then a position opened up in I.T. (System Administrator) and I was told "you are going to learn this" and I took the risk. I had only been employed for a year and now I was jumping into new territory, but I had the support and encouragement of my superiors. I ended up absolutely falling in love with the new position. I took it and ran with it... When I didn't know - I found out, when I wanted to throw in the towel, I didn't. I kept at it - kept learning more - kept listening to others... kept confidence in myself... and it blossomed into my career.
I will currently be with my employer for 10 years this year and this was my FIRST job out of college. I am very proud to say I am loyal to my company and my department. I work with a superb team and under supportive management. They are not just my co-workers, boss, employees - they are my family.
I wanted to start a MBA program 4 years ago. I even applied and was put on the roster, but I got pregnant with Wesley and decided it wasn't the "right" time. I wanted to be home in the evenings while he was young and Elle was going to be transitioning out of the "only child" role and she needed mom too - so I put it on hold. With Wes being 3 now and Elle 6, this summer I decided it was time, No more excuses... So I signed up for the MBA program through my employer at Webster University. Each course is 9 weeks long - and you attend one night a week for 4 hrs. I will graduate in May 2016 and honestly I can't believe I am already 3 classes deep. It is flying by... I eventually (2-4 years) want to use this degree to pursue a management position, as I can't see myself being a System Administrator forever. I am only 33 and my career has JUST begun...
I understand that working is NOT for everyone, but I can't imagine my life without my career. My family DOES come first, but they also know how much my job and education mean to me. The kids always ask "you like to work mommy?" and I always reply with a resounding "YES". I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I walk out the door each evening, the relationships fostered through my time at this company, the skills I am learning each and everyday, the drive to want to learn more, and the all around happiness my career brings my life.
I hope my kids see that you CAN get where you want by hard work, determination, and the drive to get there... never giving up, but always staying kind and humble. It's definitely going to get overwhelming, it will be tough, you will want to give up, but in the end the reward is much greater then any pain you endured along the way.