Your Career and You: “Tomorrow”

Publication1As we close out the old and prepare to ring in the new, the optimistic (to me, at least) song from “Annie” comes to mind.

I firmly believe, as she says so positively, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow…”

This past year has been, even by my own lifelong standard of “chaos is good,” quite a roller-coaster ride.

I almost-but-not-quite closed the door on my most recent (15 years) career path of college professor (a bit more about this later), this after a 15-year run in the public sector (military and civil service) and 20-ish in the private sector (for- and non-profit areas).

Just for the heck of it, here’s a listing of everywhere I’ve worked:

  • US Air Force (active-duty military)
    • English Language School, Saigon, Vietnam
    • Robins AFB, GA
    • English Language School, Saigon, Vietnam
    • Myrtle Beach AFB, SC
    • Langley AFB, VA
    • Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines
    • Langley AFB, VA
  • US Army (civil service)
    • Ft. Monroe, VA
    • Defense Information School, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN (3 mos)
    • Ft. Monroe, VA
    • Ft. Lewis, WA (3 mos)
    • Ft. Monroe, VA
    • US Army Intelligence School, Ft. Devens, MA
    • Boston District Recruiting Command, Boston, MA
  • Private Sector (civilian life)
    • Honeywell Electro-Optics Division, Lexington, MA
    • Medical Area Service Corporation, Boston, MA
    • Chalfin Kostopoulos & Gilmore (adv’g/pr agency), Boston, MA
    • Blood Bank of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
    • Chaloner Associates, Boston, MA
    • Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, MA
    • Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association, Boston, MA
  • Academia
    • Emerson College, Boston, MA
    • Bridgewater State College (now-University), Bridgewater, MA
    • Stonehill College, Easton, MA
    • Regis College, Weston, MA
    • Curry College, Milton, MA
  • Next…???

As many of you are already well aware, my wife Margaret and I have packed up our belongings (again) and set out on what we think will be our last major relocation (nine “permanent” and four or five temporary counting this one).

The good thing about every single one of these life-changes has been that, for both of us, the result has been positive. Great jobs. Good friends. New life experiences. Things that, when we sit down occasionally to look through the bazillion photo albums that we’ve accumulated over the years, always have us smiling and happily recounting someone or something that made the adventure memorable.

And so here we are today…settled into, for the first time in our 45-plus years of marriage, our own new home in a new community in a new state adjusting to a new way of life as retired professionals.

Of course I have no intention of shutting down completely. With any luck, I’ll be able to pinch-hit as a part-time professor at one of the colleges in the area. And I’ve already managed to get myself involved with the local (Tampa Bay) PRSA chapter and will be working with both current students as well as recently-graduated young professionals to help them chart their own courses for the future.

That’s the beauty of it…there’s always tomorrow and yet another new challenge or opportunity or both. It’s what keeps me charging and energized.

As British poet John Masefield said so beautifully in “Tomorrow”…
“And many a broken heart is here and many a broken head;
But tomorrow,
By the living God, we’ll try the game again!”

And that’s the secret, my friends…an unwavering belief that, if you believe in yourself and your ability to succeed and to survive, the sun will come out tomorrow.


About kirkhazlett

35+ years' federal government and nonprofit organization PR experience followed by more than 20 years' undergraduate and graduate college teaching experience. Community and media relations expertise, as well as a fanaticism for quality service and customer satisfaction. PR for healthcare and member services organizations ranging from Blood Bank of Hawaii to Medical Area Service Corporation to Boston Harborfest. Consulting services for Manila and Singapore Red Cross.
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