I am feeling down lately about my career trajectory.
I had a job I loved as a Risk Manager, but had to quit 4 years ago when I got divorced and remarried someone who is a professor. I had to move two hours away to a new city for our family. I found a job with a great company, and though the position was more limited in the title, I took it 1. as a growth experience in a new industry and 2. because everyone I interviewed with told me how I had so much opportunity for growth and future leadership roles.
Nearly three years in, the job turned out to be stressful and a lot more sales than risk mgmt/insurance. I spoke with my manager about expanding my role, what steps I needed to take, and the answer was not great. It was vague and "be more aggressive" and eventually you will be prepared to manage people. The job I had left, I was already managing 5 people successfully and I reminded her of that. I felt undervalued and stressed, looked for jobs but due to my location in a small city, there are no Risk Manager jobs.
So I found a remote risk consultant position and took it with the understanding that the work was "already in the pipeline" and that I would be very busy. However, this is turning out not to be the case. Again, I am in a position with a sales emphasis, and no clients right now. I just want to be a Risk Manager for a good company - what I am trained for and passionate about. I am not sure what I am asking, but maybe this is just a vent. If anyone has any tips for the geographically challenged I would appreciate it. I have had people reach out to me for amazing job opportunities, but I can't move. I have only been in this position since April.
We went to college in the 90s, started our careers when cell phones were a luxury that came with a shoulder bag and fax machines were the newest tech.
Here we are now, in what should be the best years of our career facing an ever changing work culture that sees established Boomers still running the show with Millennials expecting to be the next leaders. Meanwhile we just want to take a vacation, make sure the kids get to soccer practice and fund our 401k.
Keep it on topic, be decent humans, no keyboard warriors.