Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Moment To Brag On Myself...

Here are two things you may not know about me.

First, I am slightly psychic. I have very strong intuition that I have been working to hone in lately. I think it's my mom sending my communications from Heaven. I wrote about this a few years ago. You can read it here.

Second, I have a professional, full time job. I am not a full time blogger. *gasp!* I know!!

For my real job, the one that deposits money in my account every two weeks, I am a Project Manager for a very large information and technology company.

I started with this company when there were about 20 of us. I was a data entry temp just trying to make ends meet. I came to work every day and busted my butt to prove I was worth the chance and they should hire me. After six months they finally did.

Over the next 14 years, I kept that same attitude. I busted my butt with every job they gave me proving I was promotable. 

I survived an acquisition where we went from about 100 people to a company with many thousands all over the country. Our parent company is based in London and we have sister companies all over the world now.

It is amazing how far the little company has come. But it is also amazing what this company as taught me about myself.

The Kara who started as a data entry clerk would never have thought that 14 years later she would be a project manager within the same company.  But with a lot of hard work and learning the ropes and never saying no to my boss, here I am.

Until this past Tuesday when my phone rang and everything changed.

It all started with a thought in the shower. "What ever happened to that promotion my boss mentioned a few months back..."

Then fast forward two hours. I am checking my email when I see a note from a peer that triggers that thought again. "What ever happened to that promotion. I should really call my boss about that when she gets back tomorrow..."

I am having this thought when my phone rings.

It's my bosses boss. The VP of the Program Office. I have had a good relationship with her since I called her out for being Canadian when we were at a team meeting in South Florida. She asked how I knew and I told her she sounded like home. After that she talked me into running my first 5k and is a big part of how I went on to become a runner and lose 40 pounds.

So, I wasn't surprised to hear from her. But not fully expecting it. This is where I need to further hone in my intuition skills.

She starts talking about how my boss should really be the one calling me but she didn't want me to find out from someone else and oh, you have been promoted!

AWESOME!! I was beyond excited and I started to think about my two psychic moments. So my response was "I was just thinking about that in the shower this morning."


But I quickly pulled it together and started listening to what she was saying. I will be getting a raise. I will be getting a new bonus package. I will be getting a great job title. And I will have direct reports.

Eeekkk!!!  This is exactly what I have been working so hard for. What I have been putting myself out there for. And it is finally happening.

An official announcement goes out shortly but my title has already been updated in our address book and I will begin my new job in the next few days.

Just goes to show, hard work really does get you places in this world. Thanks for teaching me that, Dad. I would not have gotten here with out that lesson or my families support.

Now I am off to figure out this new job and continue to hone those psychic moments!


Amanda Schroeder said...

That is AWESOME! I Love those moments. Raises are always amazing.

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Shannon said...

YAY!! you deserve it! Love you!

Tammy said...

AWESEOME!!! So excited for you! :)

Mary said...

Congratulations, Kara!

dreaming en francais said...

Yay that's exciting!! Congrats!

Jessica Who? said...

i've survived one of those acquisitions before! i know how it feels! congrats!