Stepping Into a New Role

by Kathy Black

27 March, 2012

I am proud to be the newest member of the Arland team. What started out as a message on Facebook to an old high school friend, has proven to be an exciting new role to fill. As I stepped into the St. Louis office three months ago, I had no idea exactly what I was walking into but I knew that I was up to the challenge.

For the past 15 years of my life, I have been a mother. That role started for me at the very young age of 19. Maybe not the proudest moment in my life, being a teenage mom, but definitely one of the most fulfilling roles that I get to continue to experience on a daily basis. A major part of my adult life consisted of being a stay-at-home mom to 3 of the most wonderful kids any parent could ask for. Some may think that a stay-at-home mom has it made, nothing to really do and nowhere to have to be on a daily basis. It may seem like heaven to most, but being a stay-at-home mom is an endless job.  It’s definitely a role that is never filled, never ends and doesn’t just remain in the confines of an eight-hour workday. There are no hour lunches, paid vacations or sick days, however the benefits that come with the role, while often times go unnoticed by others, include many moments that can never be replaced. To the mom that fills that role those moments are priceless.

I have filled several different roles in my life, all of them expecting certain things from me. I have been an aide at my local library and a Paraprofessional at the High School in my community. I am currently a cheerleading coach and have gone from stay-at-home mom to working mom. Some roles I have filled successfully, others not so much.  But, all of the positions that I have filled have led me to The Arland Group.  I have not filled a single job position previously that could have prepared me for the one that I hold now. However, having managed a household, schedules of 3 busy kids, navigated the halls of a high school and at times managed 40 plus cheerleaders by myself has prepared me to think on my feet and to be ready for anything.

As I feel my way through filling my new role at The Arland Group, I have found that advertising is not as easy as it looks. Websites and website design take a lot of man hours, employment branding is just as important as the brand itself, writing is an art and deadlines are stressful. The Arland Group encompasses many different roles as a company and I am very happy to be filling all of the roles that are given to me.