You may or may not have noticed that I have taken some time off from writing lately. I have done a few pieces for a new concept at SHRM #NotionsByNicole found here.
To say it’s been quite a year is an understatement. There is a saying that with adversity or challenge that you have survived it 100% of the time, so why second guess it now? It’s true. I have. You have. Let’s first and foremost be thankful for that.
This year has been tough. I lost my job. I lost a dear, sweet friend who my daughter simply adored. I started a new job (thank you, Jesus). My marriage ended…
You know what else I did? I walked across the stage in Indianapolis on November 3rd at the Western Governors University Commencement, and my children got to watch their mom overcome any obstacles and earn her Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management. My parents were there, too. Don’t underestimate the pride in the eyes of a parent watching their child graduate – whether she’s 21 or 37. I have also been accepted to begin my Masters in Management & Leadership, starting in January 2019!
The moral of the story? If I can do it, anyone can do it. YOU CAN DO IT. I started my degree EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO at Wright State University, in a traditional, brick and mortar campus. I changed my major twice – sorry Mom, and when I was a sophomore/junior, I was offered a full-time job working in HR. This is what I went to school for, right? To get a job. I took the job and never looked back. My career progressed, and there were plenty of times that I was not considered for a job based on not yet having completed my Bachelor’s degree. I worked hard, and I was promoted and progressed to more amplified roles throughout my career. I earned my PHR and my SHRM-CP Certifications. I tried to go back to school a few times, and despite the claims of being for the “working professional,” they were not for this working professional.
I found WGU last Spring, and I began on May 1. This was also the first day of my promotion at work. I had to write a Vision statement as one of my first assignments, and this was mine:
I will be an example to my children and my current and future employees of what hard work and dedication can materialize into – no matter when you start or how many times you’ve tried before. What matters is that you finish.
I did it. You can do it, too. It doesn’t matter when you start or how many times you’ve tried before. What matters is that you finish.
What are you waiting for?
Originally published on HR Without Ego blog.