On This Sunday: Winning by Losing

My hiatus from this weekly series ends a lot sooner than I expected…and it’s for a good reason.

Last Wednesday, I was let go from my marketing post at Mark Thomas & Company in San Jose after nearly a year with the company. It is disappointing but ultimately, it’s best for all of us involved. I still think highly of MTCo and will forever remain grateful for the opportunities and the ability to work with such talented people at this civil engineering firm.

This is my first professional-level job where I did not resign or was forced to leave after a pre-determined amount of time. The reasons behind my termination was performance-related but nothing nefarious and with no animosity among any of the parties involved. The end of my time at MTCo was as civil and respectful in every way imaginable.

It would be an injustice not to bring up how MTCo helped put an end to a three-year long professional and personal slump. After all, this was the company that finally gave me a chance to succeed and thrive after many others before this felt otherwise. MTCo will forever hold a special place in my heart for saving my career…and my life.

Now, I look forward to the next chapter in my career. I plan on staying in the Bay Area for the long run, building upon the inroads made through MTCo and continuing my marketing / public relations career within transportation. My ultimate ambitions lie with working for a transportation agency — a return to the public sector. In the meantime, I’m interested in staying in the private sector by working for another civil engineering or consulting firm that deals with public sector clients including transportation. I have no doubt I’ll get there sooner than later.

Enjoy the rest of your week, America. There’s more to come.