"Don't pick a job. Pick a boss. Your first boss is the biggest factor in your career success. A boss who doesn't trust you won't give you opportunities to grow." William Raduchel
I've been fortunate that most of my supervisors were wonderful mentors. My first "boss" out of college was Doug Farrell. He was the Advertising Manager for the Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan. He taught me more than designing display advertisements. He taught me the art of sales, making presentations, building relationships for future sales and more importantly, for returning sales. He also taught me how to think outside of the box.
Upon learning that I was expecting my first child, I was called into the Publisher's office. Mr. Krout told me that I had just passed on what could have been - a promising future. Mr. Krout not only lost my respect that day, but he was also very wrong about the end of my career.
This happened before FMLA and I had to quit my job at the newspaper due to complications during my pregnancy. While at home, I was contacted by one of my former newspaper clients. He asked if I would continue to design his sales flyers. Knowing that this could be a clear conflict with my former employer, I contacted Doug Farrell. He not only supported the idea, but encouraged me to accept the outside work. I began to design the sales flyers for Spielman's from home during my pregnancy. It ended up as a true win for both of us. This kept our client happy. It provided extra income for my family while I was unemployed and Doug benefited from it as an added insert in the newspaper.
After my son was born, I was rehired by the newspaper. While I haven't kept in contact as well as I should have, I will always be grateful that Doug Farrell was my first boss/mentor - very grateful indeed!
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