Before I get into that, let me give you a small story of how I went into HR in the first place. It’s a very boring one, but it’s my story. It all started 6 years ago when I was hired at a small telecom company to work as a receptionist. My manager was an SPHR and she was bad ass. Sadly, we only worked with each other for a year before she found a different company to work for. The next person our head of department hired was a bored housewife who use to plan and coordinate special events. She was clueless which was fortunate and unfortunate in my case because I had to learn a lot of human resources things from scratch and while helping her I was also helping myself. The company downsized in 2009 due to the recession and I eventually left to find a different job and ended up at a software consulting firm doing human resources full time. My official title there was a Supplier Account Manager, but everything I did was human resources; accepting resumes, sending out job requisitions, coordinating interviews, doing interviews myself, doing background checks, drug tests, accepting all necessary documents and work visas for hires and onboarding H-1B’s. To be fair, I liked it, but I did not love it. Maybe it was the company I worked for, maybe it was being on the computer all day, idk. During that time I was baking a lot of desserts and developing my own recipes for cakes. I fell in love with looking at rustic wedding cakes and wanted to imitate them so on weekends I would bake a bake, frost it and put flowers on it and then my daughter and I would eat it. I never (or rarely) documented any of those cakes because they were just something I did for fun and I was pretty embarrassed with the way I use to frost my cakes, but that interest eventually grew to an obsession and I would sit there at work and daydream about just going home and baking cakes. Last year I even wrote a small post about wanting to give up HR for baking. Friends and family gave me mixed reviews about that. Some were encouraging, others were more realistic. I knew it would be hard. It would mean giving up something that I was trained to do for 6 years and throw myself into a hobby and try to make a career out of it. Well I was laid off last summer and I guess it was a blessing in disguise because all I did at home was bake, sell, and post things on tumblr and facebook. People complimented on how good they looked and that encouraged me to bake more and eventually I started taking orders for friends and family members. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this full time. I took odd jobs here and there for work to pay bills, but it’s still hard and extremely overwhelming. I look online for inspirations and that led me to find the bakery that I am currently interning at right now.
A lot of people have asked me how I like it so far and to be honest, it’s exhausting, but I love it. It’s an incredible opportunity for me. It’s different because I was always used to sitting in front of a computer and being in an office. Well, we still use a computer every now and then to look up something, but other than that, my focus is creativity that comes in form of fondant :) My talent is being put into doing something that I love and am comfortable with. Everyday is something new to do and I am given new responsibilities and I do the best that I can to accommodate the demands of our orders. I know who I am, I know what I can do and it shows in my work. I strive to understand and accomplish things my own way and it helps when you have someone who shares your same interest who wants to help you instead of fighting to be better than you. That’s what I love about my boss. She wants to help me be the best that I can be and encourages me to start over when I make a mistake; she never criticizes me.
I hope that I can be like that one day to encourage young people to aspire to do what they love and what makes them happy. Don’t try to be a person you are not and don’t do things just because other people are doing it. Any one person has that one or two amazing talent that can be used to make them succeed in life. You can exhaust yourself by being someone you are not, or you can do what you love and excel. It may take one day or it may take 5 years, but the results will be so rewarding, I promise. Surround yourself with supportive people. Cut out the ones that bring you down. Don’t be afraid to make errors and start over. It always helps to make mistakes and learn from it. As I always tell people, when life gives you shit, cultivate it.
I hope this answers your question. I’m sorry it’s so long, but I felt in order to tell you why I quit HR for baking, I had to give you the full story :)