The case for the lateral career move

I started my career in HR at a large government contractor. I didn’t study HR in college, nor did I feel passionate about defense or aerospace. Truthfully, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I took the first job I could find. With that uncertain start to my career, it’s no surprise that I didn’t love HR or the company I worked for. The fleeting moments of pleasure I found in my job were the one-off occasions when I got to write. I wasn’t picky; I wrote department-wide emails for executives.