Moving On, Moving Up.
I was planning on writing about this tomorrow, but it doesn’t look like Erik will be able to send me the photos from our trip to Newport, Rhode Island until later tonight, so I’ve decided to write about this tonight instead.
Two weeks ago, I quit my job.
I know what you’re thinking. Who in their right mind quits their job in the middle of a recession? Well, it would be crazy if I had quit my job without having another job lined up, which I did. So that begs the question, how did I get a job in the middle of a recession?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my many years in the workforce (that’s sarcasm, folks), it’s the importance of networking. When I decided to move to New York City to pursue a lifelong dream, I knew I needed to find a good job to afford the exhorbitant cost of living here. Networking in the diabetes community led me to Sean Hughes, who was kind enough to introduce me to Tom Biro, who was kind enough to give me a job at a top PR agency, MWW Group, working in social media, which at the time, I didn’t even know was a job. You probably haven’t heard of MWW Group, but you probably haven’t heard of most PR agencies that represent the many brands we work for. But you’ve probably heard of Nikon, Samsung, Volkwagen, ING Direct, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM…. should I continue? Needless to say, it was a great experience and I learned tremendously about how to work in a corporate setting. I also realize, now being in the midst of a recession with my younger brother starting his sophomore year in college, just how damn lucky I was that I was hired straight out of college. It’s not something that is easy to come by these days and I thank my lucky stars that Tom was crazy enough to think that I was worth hiring.
But that was then. This year, especially with the experience at Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit, I decided that I wanted to fully move into the healthcare field. Healthcare has always been something I’ve been passionate about, and while I know it’s not always as sexy or exciting as consumer lifestyle companies, I also know just how important it is to all of us.
While I was in Indianapolis, I tweeted about the Summit. I noticed a retweet from someone who I didn’t recognize. I clicked on his name and read a brief profile, which said he was a Director of Media for a healthcare PR agency. It was an agency I had read about in one of our trade magazines, and I had visited their website. So I followed back and I sent a direct message asking if they were hiring. He was kind of enough to direct me to their HR Director.
After a series of interviews and a lot of anxious waiting, I was given the opportunity to join the staff of WeissComm Group. I’ll be joining their social media practice, bridging my experiences as a patient blogger with my professional work in strategic communication for clients.
As far as how this affects my blogging, I have never had an interest in blogging about my work on my personal blog. I plan on maintaining this practice in my new position at WeissComm. While I may guest blog or contribute to health blogs, I do not plan on writing about my clients on this blog. And if I do, I will fully disclose this to you.
I am excited to advance my career towards the industry that I have long thought was the right fit for me. I am also excited to finally be living and working in Manhattan, I dream I have had since I was in high school.
I start my new job on Monday, November 9th, so I will have Tuesday, Wednesday and most of Thursday to myself for a little staycation before flying to Florida for Diabetes 2.0. Can we say hair salon?
Many thanks to my crew at MWW Group, and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new family at WeissComm.