DRIVEN Career Map’s Co-Founder, Alicia Reece, Shares Career Story
It’s hard to believe that it has been over 11 years since I experienced one of the most defining moments in my career. I had just received my master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and accepted a job offer to become an HR Leader leading a team of 20 employees for a Fortune 500 organization. On the outside looking in, I had a tremendous opportunity that came with prestige, financial rewards, and growth. Even in the picture associated with this post, I am smiling outwardly but inwardly I was terribly unhappy. In taking time to do some deep reflecting, I discovered that I was in the right career, but in the wrong organization, culture, and location. There was a mismatch in my wants and needs and what the organization required. I found myself at a career crossroad…not sure whether to stay or leave. Up until that point, I had made all the right moves professionally and educationally. Less than a year into the role, I quit. The ending of that role marked the beginning of my understanding of the power of self-awareness, authenticity, and purpose. For the first time in my career, I took a stand to move forward in creating the career and life I truly wanted on my own terms no matter what.
Less than three months after quitting the role, I relocated to the city of my choice, got a new job that I truly loved, and eventually met the man who would become my husband. I finally had the quality of life that I had always envisioned.
My story is not unique as I have partnered with so many clients who have found themselves stuck at a career crossroad and didn’t know what was next, or in the midst of a career/leadership transition and needed some direction. My wish is that everyone experiences their career, life, and leadership journey with purpose, passion, and peace of mind.
For that reason, I am thrilled to share that I have partnered with Val Jennings to create Driven Career Map. DRIVEN Career Map is a professional development program designed to enable and empower professionals at all levels to navigate their careers and transitions seamlessly with insightful career management strategies and tools.