I was tired of being overlooked when it came to promotions in my department at work. I worked hard, but others, who didn’t seem to put as much effort into their jobs, were being promoted ahead of me. Finally, in desperation, I asked my supervisor what I was doing wrong. She looked at me carefully and asked me what I had majored in in college. Then, she went a step further and asked me if I had completed my degree.
I shamefully admitted that I was a few credits shy of receiving my degree but, at the time I was desperate to get into the work force. She suggested that I consider going back for the few credits I was missing and getting my degree. She told me that the only difference between my co workers and myself, was that degree.
To my delight, I found out that my company actually had an education program that would help me to earn my degree. I would be reimbursed for my courses as long as I completed them and passed. I began to search for a college that had the courses I required to get my degree.
I took night classes and worked during the day. I was exhausted, but it was well worth my efforts. After six months of this I was at long last able to get my degree. When I thought about it, six months really wasn’t that long. I wish I had stayed with it in my younger years, I had a lot more energy then. However, it was something that I did accomplish so that made me feel good about myself.
The next time promotions came around I put in my request for a position two tiers above where I was currently at. I thought it was a long shot but I held my ground at the first interview. By the second interview I knew that I would be a shoe in, the other employees hadn’t been with the company as long as I had and in spite of the fact that they all had degrees, so did I now. That meant they had to hire the employee that had been with the company the longest.
That employee was me. I got the promotion and my former supervisor took me to lunch to celebrate. I thanked her for her inspirational insights and told her how much I appreciated her.