I have news: I am no longer with Vancouver Community College.
I was their Director of Marketing and Communications for three months, and I can honestly say I’ve never learned so much in such a short period of time. It quickly became became clear that my vision for my role (and for the College’s direction overall) wasn’t in sync with my manager’s vision, so we agreed to part ways.
There’s no blame and no hard feelings in all this. After successfully negotiating the terrain of VCC’s unique culture, and assessing where I want to be in my career and my life, I realized this was not my mountain to climb.
I am grateful for that experience, and for the 15 wonderful people who worked for me in the department. What a talented, creative group of professionals. I will miss them.
In the short term, I am looking at doing some consulting/freelance work while I search for the right full-time permanent opportunity. There are a few irons in the fire, and I want to be careful that the next full-time chapter in my career is a productive, meaningful, and longer-lasting.
I’m doing a lot of research and self-assessment. I’m throwing myself into my professional association, the IABC – BC chapter, by taking on a volunteer role (more on that later). I’m making a list of professional development activities and skills I want to brush up on: advanced social media analytics and measurement, for instance. And, of course, I am eagerly seeking out my next challenge.