Making Room For My Dreams

by Virginia Clarke • Member { View Profile }

I’ve been in the corporate world for 25 years. January 2009, I resigned from the global executive search firm where I had worked for 12 years. I was a partner and led the firm’s diversity practice, but I had been writing a book on career management for the last six years and wanted to get it completed and published. My goal is to establish myself as an author and expert in talent and career management and help people devise job-hunting strategies during these tough economic times. I spent the first few months working with my co-author to put the finishing touches on the book tentatively called "Career Mapping: Finding Your Dream Job." 

By summer, the agent took a hard look at the proposal and asked us to tweak it to better reflect my journey.  After a few weeks, I sent my agent revisions that truly reflected the essential me who has been here all along — but labeled and laden with corporate monikers and priorities that were not mine.  My book proposal is now sitting with our agent and being shopped to publishers. I’ve developed a web site, been blogging on job hunting and career management, been doing executive coaching, speaking at corporate gatherings and seeking media opportunities.

Meanwhile, I had been divorced for 11 years and the mother of a delightful 13-year-old boy. I had dated during those years, but never found Mr. Right, until September 2009. Thomas and I met at a political fundraiser, and we knew within 23 days we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We married December 19, 2009. My son is delighted with his new stepfather, I adore my new husband, and I can’t think of anything I can’t do at 51. Courage prevails!


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