I am new to Fairy God Boss and eager to connect with other women in various stages of their careers. My primary hope here is to actually find hope in the job market. As a 12 year veteran of my industry and a member of the work force since age 13 I am, however, struggling to battle cynicism with regard to employment as a whole.
In cataloging my own career I can wholeheartedly say that I have never held a position which gave me the job satisfaction and life balance that I seek. I have left one brand of "job hell" for another and have even been a position of crawling back to the devil that I knew and left because the devil I met in the career change was that much worse.
Currently, in the insurance industry I am confronted daily with the ever unsavory reality of misogyny. My male boss even admitted to its prevalence in my most recent annual review. Call me unreasonable but acknowledging its presence does not negate its effects on the individual and certainly does not boost workplace morale.
To be candid, I did not obtain a college degree because those years - for me - were spent battling for my life against a devastating eating disorder. Time and money all went towards saving my own life instead of furthering my education but this by no means makes me an uneducated woman. As a voracious reader and quick learner I do not doubt my capabilities and yet this confidence in myself does not guarantee that a company or manager will offer me the same benefit of believe and opportunity.
So, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. Desiring growth, positive challenge and change but burdened with cynicism which has been cultivated over the course of my career through personal experience. I truly believe that the market today is a heavily referral based market and it is increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd, get noticed and seize an opportunity. My question is this, is there anyone else who has found themselves overwhelmed with cynicism, stuck in a career that is capped and lifeless AND - this is the kicker - has found their way through to career satisfaction and success?
Admittedly, though I consider myself a Jane of all trades, I am not an entrepreneur. I read about innovators and admire and envy them greatly but I just don't have an entrepreneur bone in my body. Is there room in the workforce for someone like me who wants to excel and succeed in spite of circumstance? Is it too late to change careers after being rooted in an industry for over a decade?
I know that I am not alone in this and hope that this is a platform where I can finally find that boost that I need to break out of this cycle and grow beyond it.