Yeah, those were fun times, weren’t they? I miss y’all. But I’m settling into my new job very well (and quickly). I’ve got my hand in three times as many cookie jars as I did before, which is good and bad, I suppose. But overall, it’s been a good transition and all my colleagues have been very supportive of the upward move. My C-suite boss is coming down from the corporate office tomorrow to discuss the transition with me, so hopefully a lot of the questions I have will be clarified then.
A week or so ago, my supervisor told me that he’d taken a new job at another company and that I would be stepping into his role.
Now, he does a lot of work. Like, a lot. If you combined our workloads into one umbrella — which you could since it’s work on the same point product — his accounts for about 65-70% of it. As context, he does this much because he’s been doing it for longer and because the area I’m working in is my “speciality,” so it makes sense that he’d cede that 30-35% to me to focus on.
So he’s leaving and I’ll be taking over the work he was doing and probably still doing most, if not all, of the work I was doing before. It’s still undetermined how what I was working on will shake out in terms of scope and resources, but I’m pretty sure I’ve proven over the past year how important that area is and how bad the downside is if we don’t pay attention to it.
I’m really excited because this is a HUGE step for my career. I can’t emphasize that enough. To get this opportunity, people usually come equipped with MBAs and years of experience. But I feel like I’ve earned this opportunity because I grinded my ass out for a year, proved that I could take on more, and made the higher-ups confident that I knew my shit. I’ll also be traveling a lot more — probably once or twice every two weeks moving forward — and I’ll probably have a raise coming at me in the near future, so all that is just icing on the cake.
Now, don’t get me wrong, his departure definitely expedited my track, but they definitely didn’t need to give me the opportunity; no one, myself included, would’ve batted an eyelash if they passed over me by hiring outside to replace him. But they didn’t, and I think that speaks volumes about me, the work that I’ve done thus far, and it only validates the decision I made a year ago to take on this role that was so markedly different from anything I’d ever done before.
TL;DR:My supervisor is leaving, I’m inheriting his role, and my workload is about to increase like three-fold, BUT that also means my job just got way more awesome and my career basically got kicked up to the next level.