Last September, I set a lofty professional goal. By 2018, I would get my Salesforce Admin certificate.
For background, I was hired to support our nonprofit constituents by being a face for our organization. My 3+ years of database experience would be helpful, but I accepted this role because it wasn’t that. It was a chance to be external-facing and build relationships, something brand new to me. Salesforce wasn’t part of the equation.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about my career these past few months – where I am, where I’m headed, and where I’d like to be. And as I’ve thought about all the big changes that need to happen to accomplish my goals, I came to terms with the fact that there was one small thing I really needed to re-evaluate.
To be honest, I don’t plan enough trips for myself.
It’s not that I’m short on vacation days. I actually tend to scramble at the last minute every year to use them up before my work anniversary. (*Tip:* never let your vacation days expire. You earned them.) It’s the process of setting a date and destination, and planning an intinerary, that gets lost on me. I’m also not great at finding travel buddies at the last second, and I generally avoid solo travel to keep my worrisome mother a little saner. Continue reading →
I never planned to learn Excel. It sort of happened by accident.
At the end of my junior year of college, I was accepted into an internship program that placed me at a major nonprofit organization. Since the program was best known for its banking internships, every participant had to complete an Excel course as part of our training. I set aside one day after finals to walk through the modules, opened up my laptop, and got to work.