I started drafting my goodbye email two weeks before leaving Hanover, at the beginning of March 2021. There was a lot I wanted to say, and many people I wanted to thank. Leaving Hanover was bittersweet – whilst the excitement of starting a new job was real, my two years here had been the highlight of my professional career.
My decision was not just respected by my managers; they supported me in every single step from handing in my resignation letter. My coaching programme continued, and I was welcome in the trainings that had been scheduled. There was an understanding that the path I was taking was something that was expected to grow my skills and experience, allowing me to come back a couple of years later as an improved professional. And so I moved in-house, to a pharmaceutical company, sending my Hanover team the thank you email entitled “See you soon!” What I did not know, however, was that I’d be seeing them much sooner than I had anticipated.
Fast-forward two months. After drafting the second resignation letter of the year, I rejoined my Hanover team in June. Getting there wasn’t easy: I had to come to terms with the fact that I was not enjoying my new role and eventually make a decision that would disappoint some people along the way. What was easier, though, was reconsidering where I saw myself in the long-term. The famous(ly cheesy) saying “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” is definitely applicable in my case.
Hanover gives me the freedom to develop professionally in ways that not many organisations do.
Whilst this new job change has surprised some friends and colleagues from the sector, it has been interesting to see that many of the people that reached out to me are just as curious to know why I was leaving my current post so soon, as for the reasons why I was rejoining the company I had left when moving in-house. Why wouldn’t I look for new opportunities? Why would I go back to the place I had originally left? Didn’t that mean I was unhappy with them and wanted to move to something different?
I did not think about the response to all these questions for too long, as the answer has been clear all along. As my ex-colleague Jack Turner told me on LinkedIn, careers are never straight lines. I left Hanover believing that the change I was making would help me grow professionally, and in many ways it did: it showed me that, for that to happen, I did not need to go anywhere else. Work is one of my greatest passions in life, but in order to thrive and feel fulfilled, I require an environment where I am appreciated and pushed out of my comfort zone to achieve what I believe is unachievable.
Within this context, one of the ways I’ve explained my decision to those reaching out to me in these last couple of weeks has been as follows: Hanover gives me the freedom to develop professionally in ways that not many organisations do. As a staunch believer in the importance of human relationships in public affairs and comms, my interest has not only been acknowledged by my managers, but encouraged. They are always happy to see me going to events, taking some time to have a coffee with interesting people in the sector, and invest a couple of hours a week on social media to be up-to-date with the external environment. I have seen similar patterns for other people developing their own skillset, such as improving their policy understanding by dedicating time during working hours to deep-dive into new publications and undertaking relevant training.
The guiding view is that our number one priority should be delivering excellence to our breakthrough clients, and to do this, Hanover understands the importance of ensuring that each and every one of its members excels in a series of skills that make us as a team unique in the sector. Success is not only about billing as much as you can – it’s about creating a dream team that is respected and valued by clients and prospects.
Glad to be back home. Thanks to everyone from the Hanover team who have made this possible!