I somewhat took my current position out of necessity. I had just moved back to the U.S. after living for nearly a decade abroad, had a kid on the way, and the job market had not fully recovered from the 2008 recession so opportunities were few and far between.
It was not the easiest decision for me to take as it meant putting aside some of my true interests; Latin America, Spanish language, multi-cultural understanding, international business, etc. But, with a lot of personal things happening obtaining something stable did outweigh overall career and job interests.
This is not to say that things were all so bad. In the start it was nice to have a steady paycheck and have some consistency in my life for the first time in a while. However, I became complacent and now I feel that I am paying the price. I have sat too long in one spot and as I look to start making inroads back into my true interests the obstacles are bigger than when I first moved back to the U.S. those many year’s ago.
Now, I have been put into a box based on my recent experience and skills that I have developed over the last 5 years. Not that this is bad it just complicates matters as I am looking to moving into a new type of role. All the recruiters and algorithms focus on these skills and experience and not on what I have done in the past and all my career experience brings to the table.