Thank you Target!

Hi guys and welcome back! This post will be the start of a career series I want to share with you. It’ll be about my goals, what I’m learning, and some reflection pieces! I wrote this post in the beginning of the year and thought it would be the perfect launch pad for this series. If you’ve ever been in my position, I hope you relate and enjoy my perspective.

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In May of 2015 I graduated from Clarkson University and was on my way to my first corporate job with Target Corporation. I was an Operations Manager in one of their distribution centers in NY before transferring down to NC. Now almost three years later, I said my final goodbye at the end of January 2018. It was not an easy goodbye, but one that was necessary for my next phase of life. 

Before I left this job, I made sure to send out an email to all those that impacted my development and experience at Target. It read as such: 

“I wanted to shoot out a quick note to thank Target for allowing me to meet you. It has been an eventful 3 years with the company full of learning opportunities, moves physically and into new roles, and memories that I cherish and that helped build me into the leader that I am today. Through all of this, you were a part of some of this story and I thank you for that. With each interaction, I learned something about you, myself, and/or the business. 

This coming Friday, the 26th, will be my last day with the company as I move onto a new opportunity. I send my best wishes and hope you achieve all the success in your future endeavors. 

Keep in touch if you would like, my information is below. It was a pleasure to be able to work with you and I hope our paths cross again. 

Sincerely,

Alicia Cabrera”

Once I hit send, I won’t lie- it felt good, so, so good. Not because I was upset with the company, but because I was making this decision for the betterment of my future. I felt hopeful and fulfilled, more importantly proud that I took the leap. 

My biggest advice when leaving a company would be to leave on good terms, remember all you have accomplished with and for them, and never forget the progress you’ve made for yourself. Take the good with the bad. I had so many people wish me the best and some that couldn’t help but to comment on my stereotypical millennial mindset since I was job “hopping” three years in. 

What I say to those ones who believed that was my intent is to take a minute and learn what success means to different people. I won’t get into that now, but I will say that my success was very different than some of my peers at work and that was okay, but my definition of success was also a reason I decided to take the leap. So with this, I thank you again Target for a great three years and I can’t wait for you guys to follow my journey through some serious changes in my career! Feel free to comment below to let me know some career experiences you’ve been through. 

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It has now been a little over 10 months at my new job and I’ll be sharing more content on the topic of my career along with a reflection piece now that I’m almost to the year mark. If you guys have any career topics you’d like me to touch on, leave me a note in the comments! 

As always, thanks for stopping by! I’ll see you guys next time. 

xx Alicia

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