Winding Down & Looking Back

It’s my last day of my work term, and quite honestly, I’m still not quite sure what to think of that yet. Sure, I’m excited for the holidays, and to spend time with family and friends, but not being at work is going to be weird.

I have truly enjoyed every second of my work term; never before have I been so engulfed by business. I was able to figure out what made Vigilant tick, and in doing so, help the business. I looked forward to coming to work every day, and loved knowing that I was valued and respected for the work that I did.

I’m going to share a story now, which will hopefully put some things into perspective for you. I started working at my parent’s business when I was 12, and started managing it when I was 16, and did so for 4 years. I lived and breathed business, and it was during this time that I realized that I loved business. I was completely immersed in my parent’s business for 8 years, managing it for half of that time. I truly felt that at that point, I had seen it all. I thought that I understood business, and that what I had learned there would be able to translate into me owning my own business someday. I cannot tell you how wrong I was.

With my parent’s business, I had been involved only in the operations side of things. I managed the people inside the business and the customers, but I never once got involved with the accounting, the strategy, or the sales for the business. After my time at Vigilant, I cannot express how important those things are to know. With Vigilant, I was able to round out the skills that I had no idea were so important. I was able to learn skills that are necessary in the workplace, but that I never would have learned in school.

Working now in a supporting role, it was a complete contrast to my previous business experience. I have now seen both sides of the coin, and I know that both sides of the coin are equally important, in a very different, but complimentary way.  You cannot be successful without having operational skills, but you also need to know how to steer, sell, and control what you do. It’s a complex world, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it, and that’s all because of what I have learned at Vigilant.

At this point in the game, I’ve officially been able to put the academic side of business to use in a practical setting. I’m starting to realize how everything fits together, and I’m creating a much more vivid picture of “business” as a disciple. The more vivid it becomes, the more I’m enjoying it, which is one of the most exciting things imaginable. I’m at a point now where I just want to learn more and do more; I’m on a roll and I don’t want to stop the momentum!

While today is my last official “work term” day, it certainly won’t be my last at Vigilant. I’ll still be around in the background, helping wherever necessary, and continuing to blog – since I still have a lot of things to say! Don’t be surprised to see me around or see pop-up blogs for at least the next 8 months. Yeah, that’s right, the bulk of next year.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays, and best wishes for the New Year!

Until next time,

Sarah