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Being our biggest believers

November 24, 2012

Judi Huck

I can’t believe I’ve been working and out of college for 3 and a half years. I realized how long it had been when I was watching the recent elections. I was a senior for the last one, and it hit me: Wow, it’s been four friggin’ years.

My career path has had some interesting turns. Essentially, from nonprofits to tech to consulting for both nonprofits and tech, and now nonprofits again and but secretly trying to push them to be more responsive to tech. Wild. Ironic, even?

Which direction are we moving?

The downside to returning to the nonprofit world is that it’s felt like starting over. Unfortunately, I have not been able to leverage the fact that I’ve done digital marketing in tech for two years. This unfamiliar experience is frequently deemed irrelevant by hiring managers in arts organizations. In my heart, I know that my knowledge in new media (online communities, social networks and digital marketing) is rare and will one day prove to be of huge value.

How do we know we’re doing the right thing?

I haven’t lost faith. I believe that the things I’ve seen and learned, the ideas I have simmering in this active mind of mine – are untapped forces to be reckoned with… HR managers just don’t know it yet. They may have scoffed at my resume when I first applied for nonprofit jobs six months ago, but I am on the verge of something. Someday, they’re going to look at me and not think I’m crazy.

When I reflect on my work before becoming a grant writer (read: Dear Mom, what a summer!), I can summarize my major lessons to the following:

  • Attention to detail. For which I have my experience as an executive assistant to thank!
  • Leadership. I’ll credit my role as *Producteev’s community and social media manager for that.
  • Data driven and results driven. Such are the mindsets of consultants!

The greatest strength, however, of using such diverse skillsets – and don’t get too excited about this – is being fearless in the face of a challenge. Jacks, or Jills of many trades in my case, are successful because of their ingenuity. Often, I find myself approaching work with a sense of play. Now, some attempts at things that haven’t been done before (or have been done before but their failures are unbeknownst to us) will inadvertently fail. But failures, too, can be embraced and celebrated…

For at the edge of failure, awaits success.

*In November 2012, Producteev announced its acquisition by Jive software and subsequent relocation from New York City to Silicon Valley.

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