Unbeknownst to the masses, I was recently offered a new position with another brand within my company. It would have been exactly four years in my current position in April. Before you ask why I hadn’t left before now, I’ve tried. Not only have I been working to advance, but I successfully completed an MBA as well. Still no offers. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Finishing a graduate program and still receiving rejection letters is frustrating. I thank my friends that listened to me vent and break down. Emotional support goes such a long way especially when you feel like you’re doing everything you’re supposed to do.
So I decided to write a letter to the team.
Wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.
You all have no idea how much our work actually impacts YOUR daily life. Transportation logistics is such a critical industry.
*climbs down off soap box
Here’s the letter
As all of you know by now, I’ve gotten my walking papers………walking over to the Mack building. I begin my new work as a Regional Pricing Analyst on Monday. This opportunity is bittersweet. These (almost) four years have been nothing short of nurturing (and molding) to my personal development and growth not only as an individual but also as an employee and as a colleague.
Man we are so far removed from the original crew. So far. I remember my early days on the team being clueless as to how to maneuver AS400 and the rest of the systems. You, Kristin and Nicole were super helpful in turning me into a pro. And if ever there was a “pull a part out of your ass” award, you sir, would get it. You always find a way to make parts appear out of nowhere. I hope to be twice as much of a team lead as you are and have been. You give an entire new definition to “going the extra mile.” I’m going to miss cracking jokes everyday and telling everyone that you’re bringing game day dip when you aren’t. We have seen days when the queue was in the sixties and when it was in the six hundreds. Nonetheless, we all did what we had to do to get the numbers down. Even now, I admire how you take dealer complaints with so much ease. Then you somehow manage to keep the rest of us from going from zero to one thousand. I’ll miss you by far thee most.
The rest of the team.
I’ll miss you guys too, just not as much as Jeff. We have had phenomenal days and chaotic ones to match. We continued to cuss and keep pushing. And that’s why the Volvo team was better than Mack…..just kidding. We have all contributed our best in representing both brands. I have high hopes that the teams will become closer and become more efficient but it will require everyone to be just a bit more self-less than what we have been accustomed to. But it’s possible. I believe it can and will happen.
We have shared many memories (and meals from the conference rooms) together and I will forever be grateful. However, it’s time to set sails and move forward in my career development.
Near, far, wherever you are, thank you for being your best YOU in my journey.