This chapter is called...Permanency!

>> Thursday, April 8, 2010

Most of you know that my life has been a little insane for the last 11 months. Okay, more like unpredictable, stressful, and frustrating... as well as some huge positives.

I have been through a 3 month interview process, sent out hundreds of resumes, written dozens of cover letters (anyone want to buy them??), met with countless public officials in several cities to inquire about jobs, applied for volunteer international development projects, called people out of the blue to ask questions about their organizations, submitted huge writing assignments, attended networking events...

After a while.. you have to weigh your options.

For as long as I can remember I have been ambitious. It must truly run in my genes. I wanted so desperately to blaze my own trail. To be a part of something huge and be able to say I got there completely by myself. You can say I'm stubborn.. just like my daddy.

Well, after so long of being poor and feeling like you've exhausted all of your (decent) options, some opportunities might look a little more appealing. Okay, a lot more appealing.

Once I started becoming more involved in the Servpro trainership, I realized that a lot of what my dad does to increase volume in the SC franchises is really similar to what government run business development centers do for local business. Actually, I have a feeling my dad is even more efficient than these centers based on the way the trainership is organized.

I have actually had fun (don't make fun of me) working on spreadsheets for my dad recently to prepare for his big trainer meetings this month. Servpro corporate has a goal to increase sales across the nation by 15% in the next 5 years. That means the trainers have to get very serious with their franchises to help them do whatever it takes to meet those goals. For this past meeting, my job was to collect all of the franchises' volume data for the past 5 years and visualize on a graph what their volume should look like in the next 10. Some franchises were exceeding expectations, others will have a major wake-up call. The presentation was important for all of the franchises as well as my dad. The goal is extremely challenging but it's also exciting at the same time. My job will be to increase the overall volume across the state. If their salaries grow, mine will grow as well. Pretty cool.

I know it's going to be a ton of work and a lot of travel involved. I also know that my parents are in a dire need for extra help so it's nice to know they aren't just "creating" a position for me.

So, I've committed 3 years at least. It could easily turn into a long-term role, but I'm glad to have a certain amount of time committed for the sake of permanency. The best part is that, since I will be paid/hour I can decide to take a day off if a photo shoot comes up! Definitely a perk of knowing the boss ;). Also, I have a good feeling the more I learn about business management the better I will get at my own photography business. I also get to take some classes on finance and business development.. which I'm actually super stoked about! Guess the student in me will never die.. haha.

And who knows.. after 10 years of working in business development for Servpro I could possibly take on a volunteer community role in economic development. I would think it would at least provide me a lot of valuable experience that would be useful for city officials. We shall see.

My official title: Field Training Manager of Eastern South Carolina

I'll take it :)


sarah April 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Wonderful! Sounds GREAT!

Keenan April 9, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

That's so Kewl!

Sounds like a great opportunity! Again, way to take a positive out of a situation and put it in perspective! I'm at the critical point of my life where I have to decided what career direction to take. Academia, NGO, or US. Fish and Wildlife. I'm leaning one way, but I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!

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Tia Nicole Photography has launched this summer after many practice photo sessions and the encouragement of some dear friends and family ("Life Through Tia's Lens" was a recommendation of my good friend, Kristin, who has been an avid supporter the whole way through!). This blog has documented the process from the beginning and also dates back to some older rantings during grad school and football seasons. Feel free to get to know me and my work. I like to focus primarily on natural shots, true emotions and beautiful landscapes. I also absolutely adore kids and pets so you will find a good bit of my work in these areas. Feel free to contact me anytime! I love blog comments!

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