Rashid Umar is an online media professional who specializes in web content production, social media marketing, and search engine optimization. You can connect with Rashid via social media or on his personal website at www.rashidumar.com.
Written by Rashid S. Umar
As the year 2012 winds down and the next chapter in our numerical calendar begins, I thought it was right to take time to reflect on what lessons that I’ve learned over the last 12 months.
The year 2012 was a very challenging one for myself, both personally and professionally.
As is the case with every January 1st, 2012 was one where I felt optimism of new challenges and exciting opportunities for my career as an online media professional.
Some of the year’s highlights included: marrying the woman of my life, three days after my 35th birthday, as well as, celebrating my son’s first.
However, some of the unexpected challenges of the year, which began only a week following our wedding, started with being laid-off from my job as web content editor, a position I’d held for almost two years.
Needless-to-say that this caught us off-guard. Regardless, I remained optimistic that I would only be out of work for three months tops.
Well, for anyone who’s familiar with the struggles of finding work during these tough economy times, that three-month window was nothing more than being optimistic.
Don’t get me wrong, I worked hard to land several interviews for some top companies such as: Time Warner Sports Network, NBC, and others, only to be told that I lacked experience in one thing or another.
After numerous rejections from prospective employers, I felt a tremendous sense of frustration, which would lead me to doubt my abilities as an online media professional.
With all my previous work experience, I was certain that I’d be able to land something.
In addition finding work, I was forced to face some issues from my past that no doubt have held me back over the years. I was led to seek therapy and was later diagnosed with clinical depression and post-traumatic stress due to my childhood.
While growing up in foster care, I had to endure some undesirable things that apparently were still prevalent in my life today. My inability to cope with things during tough times was something that need to be addressed, not just for my professional and family life, but also for myself.
There comes a time when we have to learn how to move past the hurt and push forward.
As we progressed to the latter stages of 2012, we found out that our son of 19 months was diagnosed with Autism. We don’t consider this a death sentence or a moment of sorrow by any means, in fact, I look at this as confirmation that I’m destined to be the best dad as possible, being that I lacked a consistent fatherly influence.
And as far as my lack of work experience, I am in the process of completing my graduate studies in Web Design/New Media, and I have worked on several web projects that will only help my cause for career advancement.
Anyhow, the year 2012 was intended to be a lesson for me to learn more about myself and what I need to do moving forward. Thank you.
On to 2013…