(This post is part of a pact I made. Click here for the full story.)
Meet Rebecca. Google her name and you will quickly learn that she’s a fellow strategic job hopper. (long live!)
Her career started with a job in environmental consulting after she graduated from college with a BA in Interior Design and Environmental Studies. Then she worked at a nonprofit raising funds for several projects. She strategically used that experience to apply – and be offered – the job as Executive Director at MAGNET – another nonprofit that since 2004 has been focused on identifying and retaining young talent in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Looking for more national exposure, today Rebecca is part of the social media and marketing team over at Alice.com. As their tag line goes: EVERYONE needs an Alice…NEVER run out of toilet paper (go see for yourself if you don’t believe me). What da? National exposure and start-up is the reason behind this job stop. Rebecca also is the author behind the blog Modite.com. That’s how we met – through the blogosphere, mainly because it’s so easy to read her blog for hours.
That said, what drew me to her story is that above it all, Rebecca is a Gen Yer who’s quite vocal – and active in social media. That’s because she’s one of those people who’s driven by the task of changing the world. In her own words – taken from an interview over at Conversation Agent: “Generation Y wants to change the world. Not the environment. Not healthcare. Not education. Not poverty. Not racism. Not sexism. Not war. Not cancer. Not anything, really. Just the world. We want to change the world.”
Changing the world, that’s where Rebecca finds her career nirvana – that’s her reason for being.
And what is her contribution to this generational cause?
Looking to contribute – and in the end to lead an extraordinary life – Rebecca has re-invented herself several times over. From working in consulting to the nonprofit sector, and now at a business start-up. Being that I’m a firm believer that every single stop in our work-lives has a purpose – one that at times you may not be aware of, but it’s there for sure – it’s obvious that Rebecca is one to continue watching. Her current stop in the business sector is just a launch-pad to something greater.
World, just you watch!
In her words: “There was a moment each time I changed jobs that I was terrified. I kept thinking, ‘Who do you think you are? You are going to FAIL!’ It was awful. But then I remembered that failure is a better option than staying. That you should always be growing and challenging yourself. Otherwise, you settle. Settling is boring…. The main lesson I’ve learned is that life rewards risk-takers.”
Note to self: Next time that you find yourself sitting on the fence, ask yourself: “What does it mean to lead an extraordinary life?” Then start NOW.
Is there a method to Rebecca’s aparent career madness? You bet.
“I trust my intuition.”
Note to self: Learn to listen and to trust yours. Once you do, you will find that your intuition acts like a magnet for opportunnities. Attracting into your life that what is meant to be – for your good and the greater good. (this is not woo-woo – it’s the reason why you have gut feelings).