Not everyone gets to leave a job on their own terms. Some are pushed out, fired, downsized, furloughed, or even given a hiatus due to an unforeseen global pandemic. I recognize how rare it is to exit a great job and career by choice, and I did not take it for granted.
More than half of my 25-year TV weather career was spent on a morning news shift. Waking up in the middle of the night is not normal. It’s a big reason why I needed to walk away when no other hours were an option.
The phrase “It takes a village” is so very true. There is no way I could have sustained a long-term, successful career without a team of people in my corner.
Writing children’s books about weather renewed my passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education in schools and provided personal fulfillment knowing a child might learn from my experiences. When that opportunity was taken away, I knew it was time to leave my TV job.
After spending years honing specific expertise on a certain path, it’s hard to see there is anything else out there. And that is when you start to feel “stuck” in your job.
There are meteorologists across the country (and not just on TV) who love to blow things out of proportion. Fear sells. A quick scan through Facebook during a hurricane shines a spotlight on it pretty quickly.
In order to work in one career (and one workplace) for many years, you have to get along with all kinds of people.
I never noticed how much people “small talk” about weather until I became a meteorologist.