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Ch-ch-cha-changes!

By Sara Zwicker @SaraZwicker

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I don’t know about you, but when I woke up this morning I could have danced I was so happy this week was almost over!

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It’s been quite busy here and right after work we are packing it up and heading with some friends and their kids to PA to Sesame Place and the Crayola Experience for the weekend!  I’m so excited but I’m already exhausted so I really hope we don’t get stuck in any horrific traffic (it should be about a 4 hour drive) and we all get a good night sleep!

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So, I have some news to share with you.  Since I’ve come back from my two-week hiatus vacation, I know I have been fairly quiet.  While I have been posting in my usual M-W-F fashion here, I haven’t been able to get caught up on my Bloglovin feed, which is overflowing to the point that I think I just need to scrap it and start from scratch. I’ve tried to get caught up with you all, comment on your great posts when I can, but I have read a lot more posts than I have commented on lately.  I’m really sorry about this, but I have good reasons behind it.  What are they?  Well, first, when I got back from vacation, I was inundated with work.  This was on top of me logging in every single day for the first week of vacation to deal with issues that popped up.  Unfortunately, the nature of my job doesn’t bode well for extended periods of time off, there are always multiple projects I am managing and I am a one woman team, so I am the only one who does what I do in my company.

Second, I was interviewing for a new job.  Prior to my going out on vacation, I received a call from a colleague in our marketing department that I have worked with in the past and there was a really great opportunity that was going to be posted and they reached out to ask if I would be interested in applying for it.  I was really flattered they thought of me as a potential good fit for this position, since reaching out to internal candidates, especially across the organization is not something that is done often here.  After a few discussions and a lot of internal debate, I decided to throw caution to the wind and apply.  I was reading Mike’s post a few weeks ago and it hit home because I have spent the last few months really thinking through the things that were important to ME.  Things I wanted to do professional, personally and what I would need to do to get to these end results.  One of the things that I need to do professionally to arrive at one of my goals is get some marketing experience in my field.  I have been on the medical side of things for the past 8+ years.  I truly enjoy what I do, I have an amazing team and the best boss anyone could ever ask for, but in order to continue towards my future goals, I needed to make a change.

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So, I spent the three weeks after I got back from vacation interviewing for said position.  I met with A LOT of people.  It was a long, tedious and exhausting interview process, but they wanted to make sure they hired the right person….and well…..apparently they think I am that person because….

I GOT A NEW JOB!!

I signed the paperwork yesterday.  I’m happy, excited, and nervous. I am heading to Spain next week to wrap up a project and then I will have a few weeks to wrap up any outstanding projects I’m currently working on and I officially start my new job on October 13th. Over the last year I have really enjoyed learning a new therapeutic area, being able to be involved in a program from its pre-clinical days and watch it go into the clinic is pretty awesome.  Growing with that program and working with a new team was all really great too. I have been challenged in a way I’ve never been challenged at work before. I have learned so much that there were days I didn’t think my brain could hold anymore information.  It was awesome, draining and stressful and I feel eternally grateful for the opportunity, but now I am going back to a therapeutic area that I feel really passionate about and working on a drug that has literally been a game changer in this disease area and in the lives of these patients.

Some of the aspects of my new job will be similar to what I have been doing on the medical side, but there are a lot of aspects that will be really different and creative.  I’m excited to learn another side of the business here, ready to embrace new challenges and grow professionally, but I’d be lying if there wasn’t a part of me that wasn’t terrified of this change.  It’s really hard to leave a place that you’ve called home for so long, it’s comfortable, I know what is expected of me at all times, I have this incredible boss and team I have been with for years, they truly have become family and have been with me through some of the biggest life change/milestones in my life.  They know me, my style and I am given a lot of flexibility and room to “do my thing.”  While I am not leaving my organization, it kind of feels that way.  Am I ready for it? Absolutely!  Will I miss my work and team?  Terribly.  But, like they say…onward and upward.  I know this is what I need to do so I am going to jump in with both feet and hope to hell I don’t sink!

So, what does that mean for me and the blog?  I hope there won’t be any real major changes, but I anticipate you may not see me as often here, at least in the beginning as I am trying to sort out my new roles and responsibilities.  I likely won’t be able to comment on all the blogs I follow as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I’m not keeping up with that everyone is doing, so please try and bare with me!

Alright friends, I am off and running….have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday!

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Question of the day

Anyone make a career change recently that can give me words of advice, stories of how it was worth it, etc?


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