My resume is like a patchwork quilt. That is moth-eaten. In today’s environment of personal branding where one powerful key message defines you, that is a liability. But sticking with one theme never has been my story. Even before kids. And therein lies my strength.
I have had a collection of disparate experiences….in language and culture, in problem-solving, in community building, in fundraising, in project management, in communicating, …and lately in reframing gender equity. You get the point. And it wasn’t even planned. None of it. I went where my curiosity and passions led me.
I created a mini-series of new beginnings due to parenthood, family moves, integration priorities, failure on my part to multitask, and ultimately due to my insatiable fear of missing out on all of the big and little moments in my kids’ lives.
This ability to start from zero, to dig into something completely unknown, to be willing to be the least prepared/least experienced person in the room, to be able to pull bits and pieces from this itinerant past to creatively problem solve, to bring a deep experience of individual development, to identify community needs…I learned this all firsthand in parenting.
And when I returned to work full-time, I found out that this is a great advantage in places that don’t have a practice of letting people: take risks, fail, and work outside of existing hierarchies, that falter in creativity, that measure growth only in numbers.
Turns out those of us who chose the nonlinear, counterintuitive path, we are exactly who they need.
Tags: career, challenge, opinion, and work-life.
Author: Anne Murray