The ability to mark milestones in our lives is what separates us from the animals. Well, that and opposable thumbs. Today I’m setting myself apart from the animal kingdom by typing this post with my opposable thumbs and marking a significant anniversary in my professional life. On this date 6 years ago, I began working full-time in my first real career-type job, and today I’m still with the same company.
My title has changed at least 6 times, and my job has changed (effectively) 4 times. I’ve gone from being a business analyst to a policy writer to a employee communications writer to a marketing buget guy in what felt like a remarkably short time.
Still, six years is nothing to shake a stick at. If I had given birth on my first day of work here, my child would be currently enrolled in the first grade. Man, kids grow up fast, eh? Pretty soon he or she will have a career of their own and I’ll wish they called and visited more.
I’m going to celebrate by treating today like any other day, since that’s probably the best thing to do on your 6 year employment anniversary. Ignoring it is the best way to stay sane.
In case you’re wondering, I’m not actually tracking how long I’ve been working here. My hiring date is used as part of a security logon for some internal HR services, so I see it pretty often. Even I’m not crazy enough to track something like that.