The Role I Wished For.
While reading a few stories on this page, suddenly something hit me and I am completely blown away by what I have gone through.
Years ago I got an opportunity to play a small role of HR business partner in my previous firm, and I was in complete awe of that role. I had been in recruitment for a long time and changing roles wasn’t easy, even within the firm. I wished for it and I looked around for it as well. Nothing worked. I so badly wanted to move out of recruitment that being in that role was getting difficult. I have had few difficult days in that role but with the help of my lead in the current firm, my journey was a little smoother.
He moved me to a different team and I enjoyed recruitment there. The skills were difficult and challenging and it gave me an opportunity to showcase my skills in front of various stakeholders. I learned so much that I forgot about everything completely. I was in love with my job and my team as well. So much fun, so much love and so much learning. At times it would get monotonous but the next day it would be fine.
An executive manager who I worked with closely, moved to a different service line for a different role altogether and I was always in touch with him. One day I just randomly asked him about his new role. I again asked if there was something interesting for me to try. He said he can ask around and he shared my resume with another manager. Apparently they had an opening for an engagement specialist and they wanted to try me after they got my resume and liked it. I quickly fixed a meeting with him to understand the role better and to my utter surprise, it turned out to be a HR BP role!
After my meeting with him, I got to know that he was impressed by me and he asked me to connect with his Manager. After a quick discussion with the Senior leader, I was chosen for this role. Today while I am writing this story, it is my first day as an ES with the same firm but in a different role!
God, how amazed I am while recollecting this! I realized a few things while recollecting this. I asked for what I wanted but I never got it because I was brooding in my current role. I wanted to get out of my current situation while I had to focus on what I wanted. I had to be thankful of my current situation but I was sulking for some time. Eventually I gave up and I started being more thoughtful, thankful and happy with what I had and with me. That was when it all happened very quickly.
So focus on what you want. Or if you don’t know what you want, be happy where you are. Be thankful of your current situation. Live for yourself. Don’t bother about the future, because the fun is in the surprise and magic.