“When you come to a fork in the road, take it ” -Yogi Berra
When I started at Target 3 years ago, I was so excited to have landed an amazing job working in the health promotion field, just like my MA degree granted me the authority to do. My resume was solidly health focused—Corporate Fitness Center specialist, Public Health grant coordinator, and now an entry proudly baring Target’s name.
What most people didn’t know though was how much I thought about one single line on my resume: BA, English.
I couldn’t shake the feeling, yet again, that I was heading down a path that had nothing to do with English. I love health (like, I really dig it) but my first love of writing and communication was never far from my heart.
Even after I had started at Target and got the initial “so, what do you want to do next?” question, I felt like I couldn’t look back. The thought of doing something else caught me pretty off guard. Because, seriously, I had JUST started this super-great health job. And if getting the swing of things at Target wasn’t difficult enough, to also take on planning for what was next? Woof.
During that first year, even while I was working on really cool projects that I could have only dreamed about (like opening a Fitness Center, increasing café healthy food options, and biometric screenings) the nagging question of “is this really what you want to do?” didn’t go away. But the more times I asked myself that question and others asked me “what’s next?” the more I felt like it really was up to me to define my place at Target.
Then it hit me: even though health was why I was here, maybe the reason I would stay would be because somehow, maybe, just maybe I could find a way to rekindle my first love.
The more I started to tell people that I’d be happy to edit their anything-document, or draft their talking points, the more kudos (and confidence!) I got. It was clear to my peers and leaders that I really like that “English-stuff”.
And what do you know? Pretty quickly a fork appeared in the health-road I was on.
A little over a year ago I got my new gig working with my “old” team who still does all the super cool health stuff. AND I work with the communications team to write stories and the marketing team to design things like brochures, posters and giveaways. I write narrative responses to health-related award applications on behalf of Target and sometimes spend days editing communications all about health and benefits for our team members.
It’s like the absolute perfect job was created just for me. And though I’m not quite ready to think about “what I want to do next”, it is pretty cool to think that the road at Target can go nearly any direction I want it to.
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