The Fine Art of Stuffing Envelopes (and other career-related advice)

Hello, friends and colleagues. I haven’t been here in awhile, and I hope you haven’t forgotten about me! Honestly, I know you are all busy grilling, sunbathing and vacationing; however, I’d like to think we haven’t totally switched-off all of our motivation, inspiration and brain cells for vacation-mode autopilot. Unfortunately, I won’t be taking any vacations this Summer—Just one cross to bear, as I’ve started a new job that I love so far.

About that…

I have been at my current position for a little over two months now. In many ways, it seems like a lot longer. I’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time, and I’m actually feeling fairly comfortable. Granted, learning the ins-and-outs of any financial institution takes years, and I am not anywhere near that point, but I like to think I’ve learned a lot of information pretty quickly. There are days I’m making sales, shaking hands with other members of The Chamber of Commerce and meeting our members at their place of work with smiles and lots of good conversation. But, as with any job, there are days of paperwork, busy work and grunt work.

I had one of those days today. Tomorrow looks like it may be a repeat of today.

Quarterly statements were mailed this past week. Also, as always, we are bringing in new members by the handfuls every week. For the credit union, it means endless opportunities. But for me, at least today, I was stuffing envelopes and comparing reports for the bulk of my 8-hour workday.

I don’t mind busy work. I’m pretty fast, and sometimes mindless work is just what I need. However, I started thinking during my third or fourth hour (snicker) that I didn’t imagine I’d be back stuffing envelopes. I’ve done more than my share of stuffing envelopes as a medical records clerk, promotions assistant, administrative assistant and loan specialist. Yet, with almost half of my MBA studies behind me and a 3.9 GPA in my undergraduate studies, I would think this “phase” of my life would be over by now. You’d think “Envelope Stuffer Expert” had a shelf life on a resume, especially beyond grad school.

Then, I paused.

It’s 2013. I am working a job that I both enjoy and that is in my field of study. That alone should be enough to be satisfied. I reflected on those two things. I am grateful – beyond grateful for this opportunity. But, as always, I’ve always been thinking of the next ten years. When I was four, I told my preschool class I wanted to be a teenager when I grew up so I could wear makeup, drive a car and carry a purse. As a college student, I wanted to graduate. As a graduate, I wanted to go back to school for my MBA. And on, and on…

I’ve always been told not to wish my life away, particularly by my mother. Her words are still heard strongly in my mind every day. But, I often wonder, are those aspirational, ill-contented and envelope stuffing experts those that make the most happen in their lives? (Yes, I made the last one up…possibly.)

I guess the bottom line is: Be grateful for what you have, but don’t grow stagnant. Don’t be antsy or impatient, but be present with perspective.

Although I am a fantastic envelope stuffer, I’d like to think my other talents shine brighter. Today I find myself thankful for a job in marketing, especially today. I only hope someday in the near future I am given the opportunity to master the fine art of…

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