It was only a little over a year ago that I joined WITNESS. I was freelancing and one of the assignments I had was working with Matisse, our Communications Manager, to help produce web pages and the e-newsletter for the organization. A month into the assignment a permanent position opened up. I decided to apply. I’d already been applying to other full time positions and, of course, when one opportunity presents itself others follow closely behind. I ended up at a crossroad. One, become a production supervisor for the media department of a university. Or two, become an online outreach associate.
To some, it may seem as though I chose the lesser position. But a year in review, I feel that I’ve chosen wisely. I do leave myself open to other opportunities, a sort of safety net, as a veteran I try to always have a contingency plan. Yet, I find when a job offer presents itself, I politely chat with the caller and pass the opening on to friends out of work after telling the caller all about WITNESS.
Why, you must be wondering, am I sharing this? Because every morning, after a kiss and “Have a good day” to my partner, I’m excited to go to work. Where else would I have the opportunity to play ping pong with Peter Gabriel (although I got stuck in traffic and missed it)? Or work on a fun little skit for a holiday video (watch it below)? Or even more, engage and work with colleagues, donors, and supporters who want to make a difference in this world?
I’m blessed and I look forward to the next year- to be able to build more connections and work for our human rights, because like Miss Congeniality, I want world peace!