Tara: Be Open to New Opportunities
I had been at my first job for around two years. I knew I wanted a career on the business side of fashion, but fashion itself (the clothes, accessories, etc!) gave me pure joy. My first role as a Business Planning Analyst was mainly spent behind excel spreadsheets, so I wanted product exposure. I didn’t resign until I had another job secured that I felt better suited to my career goals than the opportunities I had at the time at Marc Jacobs.
It was an ironic time for me to leave because my close friend and mentor at the company had just become my manager (which I was thrilled about!). It was only about one week into her ‘managing’ me when I had to tell her I was resigning. We went for a walk to get coffee when I revealed that I was approached by another company and they had offered me a job, explaining the difference in roles to the one I currently had. Because we had a close relationship, she understood why I was seeking new opportunities, however, she did try encouraging me to stay.
My initial conversation went fairly predictably and amicably, and then my manager had to tell the VP of our department. I had an intimate conversation with our VP, who tried to counter my other offer to convince me to stay on her team. Although it was flattering, instinctively I knew the better decision for me was to leave. In fact, the reason I sought a job outside of Marc Jacobs was not to get a raise or be promoted within. I’ve never had those intentions when moving jobs and believe the best reason to explore new opportunities is to accomplish something you aren’t able to (as quickly) at your current company. Regardless, and out of respect, I asked to digest everything overnight and confirm my decision in the morning.
I was adamant about not burning any bridges (which I always recommend) and to make my resignation as professional and amicable as possible. I’ve worked at a few companies over the last decade and although some people see moving around too much as a weakness, ‘quitting’ and changing jobs has been the most effective way for me to advance my career in fashion. Being open, at the very least, to new opportunities and always re-assessing your personal career goals is a great thing.