Today I was acknowledged as UserIQ's Employee of the Month(!) which made me want to reflect on where I am now and how lucky I feel to be here.
I've been part-time with UserIQ since February, after having done some freelance writing for them in the months before. Up to that point, I had interned my butt off, finally graduated college, had some "sure" post-graduation things fall through, and had roughed and tumbled wondering if I was on the right path. I was worried that this would just be another notch on my resume.
I knew what I was signing up for when I decided I wanted to work in startups, something I had decided long before I started even interning. I knew that uncertainty and doubt were par for the course—a wise guy once told me that startups are always exciting: good exciting or bad exciting, but exciting nonetheless—so despite my fear, I stuck with it.
I was finally asked to go full-time at UserIQ two weeks ago and I honestly haven't be happier since. I feel like I'm finally at the type of company I've dreamed of since I started interning, finally being given the opportunity to learn an insane amount of new things and become a better marketer in a place where I feel appreciated every single day, where I am treated as an equal, where my bosses take a genuine interest in me and my career and even my non-work life.
I took a pretty strange route to get where I wanted to be, but I worked really hard to get to this point and I’m so glad it all led me here. I'm surrounded by some truly wonderful people and I'm so excited to see UserIQ into the next phases of its life.