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Monday, May 21, 2012

Springing Ahead

Written by B.J. Snelling
Talent Acquisition Manager
Denver, CO

May is always an exciting time for me.  Spring in full bloom, summer months with longer days awaiting, more quality time with my children, more chances to spend time outside, planting spring flowers and looking ahead on what will bloom next in my life.  Career wise it’s the same for me- May at McGladrey is one year ending and a new one just beginning.   A chance to reflect on both accomplishments and lessons learned from last year and opportunities to seek growth in the next year. 

Whether you are at McGladrey or not, we all experience that excitement of setting that next goal, setting our path on the next milestone in our career, and spending time reflecting on what our passions are and how to get personal satisfaction out of our work life. 

As a project to get me focused and inspired on looking ahead to new goals, I recently asked two of my children what they want to do as they grow up.  My oldest son, who is 12, has his heart set on becoming a Navy Seal.  My daughter, who is almost 5, wants to be a babysitter.  Both different answers but both based on their experiences that surround them and intercept with their lives – making an impression.  I stopped to think about my son’s response first – a Navy Seal- Well, as we all know, it was an elite group of Navy Seals that brought an end to one of the US’s most wanted figures – how much he has heard about the bravery, the ambitions, the devoted work of such individuals and how he has found inspiration in that.  Next my daughter – a babysitter…seems simple enough, but to her, she is already seeing the magnitude of how much impact (either positive or negative) we can have on each other.  She has a nanny whom she adores and who finds creative, fun, and imaginative things for her to do each day – what she sees is an inner desire to grow up and do the same for others.  In thinking about my children and what motivates and drives them, I realize that it’s all about past and present experiences and then using these experiences to spring-board into the next step of life and career. What moves us?  What inspires us?  As we take in more and experience more, our ideas of what we want changes over the course of time.  So, we recalculate, set new goals, aim for higher achievements.  We grow.

Maybe you are where I am – looking ahead to the next year, setting new goals, finding out what’s behind your success – so whether you are looking for an internship or coming out of college, or looking at making a change in your already well developed career…assess what’s important to you – find a culture that will support you and assist you on and off the clock.  Maybe that is at McGladrey or maybe not – but my hope is that you find that passion somewhere, somehow.

Find out more about life at McGladrey – see if the next step you are looking for is here.

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