Embracing change to grow


As a kid, I always struggled with reading long formats. I stuck to magazines and articles or watched a lot of movies. I always loved to write, but my wandering mind prevented me from delving into classic literature. I gravitated to the English classes where we analyzed film.

When reading I would come across a word I would see and then my mind would associate that word with something else, which would be associated with something else, and then I'd be off in a daydream.

Finding my niche

In college I studied graphic design. The visual form of communication was very appealing to me. To be able to visually sum up a concept so someone (like me) could scan quickly and get the gist was right up my alley.

I started my career in small design studios. I was able to keep focused and interested by working on jobs for different clients. Even though I worked for the same studio, the work was always different. I always had a challenge.

Trying something different

I eventually segued my designer career to a marketing one. It happened so seamlessly, I barely noticed it happened. After working my way up to manage a creative services team, I moved laterally to a marketing communications role at a high tech company. My marketing career had begun.

I had reservations moving into the corporate world. Would I get bored working for the same "client"? I realized that the type of work was very different, and that held my interest.

Seizing opportunities

After the marketing communications role, I took on a contract campaign marketing role at Adobe. As you probably know, Adobe sells (among many things) creative products. As a former designer, I used those tools and was able to put myself in the customer's shoes.

Once I demonstrated I could do this role, I was offered to create a position that would utilize my skills. My soon-to-be manager and his manager offered me a "Web Editorial Manager" role. I managed the content for the site for a number of years and was given 3 other opportunities to do something different.

The need for change

I'm probably one of the few people who loves change. I need to always be learning or I wither away with the feeling of no sense of purpose. One has to ask themselves what's the worst thing that can happen? Well, failure of course, but as we know, we'll never know until we try.

Parting advice

Be honest with yourself. Can you truly take on a role that is outside of anything you've never explicitly done before? If so, and you do take it on, don't be afraid to ask questions to help you understand what's expected of you and to help you grow. Be transparent with others and own up to mistakes you may have made along the way. Taking ownership and holding yourself accountable is a valuable trait.