I’m sure you’ve seen me post about The Niche Movement. Many of you have reached out to me to learn more. In October I’m headed to Washington DC for our first ever conference: NicheCon. Why?
I found The Niche Movement through a tweet when I was in graduate school. I was drawn to the authenticity of the community and of course, I wanted to find my niche. I became a contributing editor and wrote a few blog posts here and there. I remained engaged with the community throughout graduate school and after, when I got my first “real” job.
I started working in Admissions at Benedictine University at Springfield. That didn’t last long. Reading blog posts from the NM community and remembering that I wasn’t alone helped me through the weirdness of losing my first job post-grad school after only 2 months.
I moved on quickly to my second job in admissions at Lincoln College. I was there for 2 years. Post-grad life started to take shape and I needed more: to be challenged, to be more creative, to find energy in my work. I became a Chloe + Isabel merchandiser because I needed a creative outlet. I reached out to Kevin from The Niche Movement to see if he needed any additional help or if there was any way I could get involved further. My involvement has grown and I’m thankful every day.
Back to NicheCon. The conference is going to be the first time ever that our community, which spans coast to coast, is going to get together in one place. It will be the first time I’m meeting many people face-to-face who already feel like lifelong friends.
I’m on a continuous journey of finding my niche. I’ve learned that maybe I’ll never be done, and that’s okay. I have a master’s degree in College Student Personnel but there are days that I’m unsure what my Higher Ed path looks like. I’m now in my third professional role in Admissions and some days I’m scared to death that I’m boxing myself in. Chloe + Isabel has taught me that I have an entrepreneurial side that I didn’t know existed. The work that I am so fortunate to get to do with The Niche Movement ignites me in a way that no full time job has ever done. I need to be challenged. I need to feel creative. I need to be thriving. That kind of energy is what keeps me on this journey of finding my niche.
NicheCon is going to be all about transparency and authenticity. Bringing people together and telling stories. Learning from one another. Connecting with people who love their jobs. Remembering that you aren’t alone if you’re struggling on this journey. Career happiness, sure it’s what we’re all about. But we are also about life happiness. Because if you spend 37% of your adult life at work, shouldn’t you love what you do?
I haven’t been to DC aside from a quick trip for a wedding a few years ago. I’m excited to explore the city, connect with people, learn more about myself and continue my journey on the path of finding my niche.
Hope to see you there.
(Ticket prices increase 9/8)