I find moving on from one employer to another offers new exciting opportunities. However, it requires an ability to be comfortable operating outside of well-established professional relationships and being prepared to create new networks. It can be an emotional time as well, saying farewell to colleagues.
Working in GSM Careers has been an enriching experience for me and I have enjoyed working with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, under the guidance of a supportive manager. It has also been a privilege to work with such a diverse range of GSM students, all of which I have found to been highly appreciative of the services and events offered by GSM Careers.
In terms of departing GSM, I trust I have left a legacy whereby I have changed some graduates’ career pathways for the better and improved their chances of employability. I have learned much as a careers practitioner engaging with such students at events including the hugely successful inaugural careers fairs, employability sessions within faculties such as accountancy and finance, themed weeks with employers on campus and on a one-to-one basis via quick queries.
Moving on my hopes are my new manager, careers team and the students will benefit and value the experience I can bring, and support me in my continued learning as I grow into my new role. The first couple of days and weeks will be the acid test as to whether the new role brings the same job satisfaction as my present one. It may bring either further rewards or frustration and regret. Whatever the outcome, I am reminded of the poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling of which I attach a section below. Although he is largely out of favour, his words of wisdom within the poem are well worth considering when under pressure in a new situation.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting to……..
He goes on to remind me of the importance of
Meet(ing) with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
No doubt in any new position there will some triumphs and disasters and no employer, job or organisation is perfect – but the important thing is continue to develop and grow and meet each new challenge as an opportunity to learn.
During my time at GSM I have learnt much and intend to make full use of this in my new role.