Paul Jarley's Blog: Celebrating Failure - Finalist 2
This is the second finalist in our â€ścelebrating failure” competition. At the end of the post, the instructor from the studentâ€™s section explains what they liked this entry. A vote on the winner among the four finalists will start July 10.
Student Name: Cary E Caldwell
I was working for a high volume foreclosure and bankruptcy law firm in 2007 as a legal assistant while maintaining a full schedule of classes. At 21 I was getting burned out since our company was downsizing and placing the file load unto me. I was doing 3 peoples’ jobs and was working for a very hard boss who would ask me to skip classes in order to meet deadlines.
Well, one evening after a very tough day of work and school, I went on my Myspace account (this is 2007, mind you) and blogged about my boss and the horrible experience I was having. Not realizing that someone in my office was one of my â€śfriendsâ€ť and had forwarded the not so nice blog to my manager.
The next day I received an email stating that I was to clean up my desk and leave my ID badge at the adminâ€™s desk. I was devastated. I moved from my home in Florida to this Dallas, TX firm and had no real family and friends that I could rely on to get me through my schooling. So I quit college and packed up to my motherâ€™s house. I went online and found an insurance job in Connecticut and decided I would not return to academia. After about 3 years of being the low man on the totem pole, I realized that I needed to go back to school and have a balanced work/life experience. So here I am very grateful for everything Iâ€™ve learned so far to better myself and excited about getting back to the corporate world.
Instructorâ€™s Comments:Â It shows that failing to be vigilant in all aspects of your life can cost you. Particularly relevant because of social mediaâ€™s increasing impact on our students and their work prospects.
Paul Jarley, Ph.D., is the dean of the UCF College of Business Administration. He blogs every week atÂ http://www.bus.ucf.edu/dean.Â This post appeared on June 19, 2013. Follow him on TwitterÂ @pauljarley