At the end of March 2014 I became a casualty of corporate reductions. My position was eliminated and I was laid off.
Over the course of 14 years, I:
- worked in the same building for 14 years, (The Queen Mary on the Prairie in New Century/Gardner, KS).
- worked on 2 different floors, two different times, (3rd & 4th).
- Enjoyed and grew in 2 different roles, (NMA Admin I & II & Network Security Engineer I & II).
- made many, many friends.
- was with a company with 3 different names. (Sprint, Embarq, & CenturyLink-made up of CenturyTel & Qwest).
I miss my co-worker friends (let’s keep in touch OK) very much. Although I was sad to leave behind very good people, I’m also excited to be moving forward. I had known for awhile that it was time to close the chapter I was unhappy in and write a new chapter. I had much peace about a tough ending and was excited about a new future.
Change is always hard, but is is almost always better on the other side.
I transitioned into “Job-Seeking mode”. The intro to “Job-Seeking mode” started off very well, I talked with several different recruiters, some of which were just super fantastic. I was ready to suit up, kill a tree or two from resumes and eager to find a new position within information security. I updated LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed & Dice. I submitted my resume to several companies. I even had a few interviews scheduled just a couple of weeks after I was initially laid off!
The momentum was in full swing!
And then the games began! Phone interviews, face-to-face interviews. I hadn’t had an interview in 14 years! After I graduated from college I found entry-level jobs pretty easily. My neighbor told me about an open position at Sprint. Sometimes it really is about who you know. I submitted my resume, went through an interview and obtained my first job that blossomed into a career. I learned marketable skills along the way and learned how to be more confident and a leader. I am very grateful for my experiences at Sprint, Embarq & CenturyLink.
I had interviews at many prestigious companies, the Federal Reserve, Federal Home Loan Bank in Topeka, Waddell & Reed, KU Med. And finally landed a contract-to-hire position with KCP&L within their information security department. It is new and different and I am learning new things! It is pretty awesome.
There are lots of opportunities out there, let me know if you want a change in your career. I’m eager to use my skills in the infosec industry. I am encouraged and optimistic! And I am at peace. The only constants in life are change and God, embracing both; I’m trying to do just that. So here’s to that new chapter. How is your chapter going?