Leah Green was working in academia when she realized her own education had come to a halt.
Working in the registrar’s office at the business school of the University of Northwestern Ohio, Green was feeling two points of frustration when she decided to quit her job this spring. She’d lost sight of a path forward for her career; and the 45-minute commute was killing her.
“I had my daughter in 2019, and during the early days of the pandemic, working from home was so great,” Green says. “Now, driving 45 minutes to and from work every day, and spending nine hours there, I’d just miss so much.”
Green wasn’t committed to staying in education; she just wanted something closer to home. She applied for a role at Marketing Essentials, a nearby digital marketing agency. The minute she met with CEO Patty Cisco, Green was sold.
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“The interview process was so different — she asked me so many questions and really wanted to understand my skills beyond my experience,” Green says. “It just made me want to work for her more than anything.”
Green joined Marketing Essentials a few months ago, and found her rhythm as an SEO specialist, supported by a company-assigned mentor. In addition, she’s encouraged to pursue continuing education, and has attended multiple conferences in her short tenure.
“I love to learn,” Green says, “so the ability to take time and go to conferences is big for me.”
Despite the many benefits of the role, it came without health insurance. For Green, who has insurance through her husband’s employer, the perks of her new gig outweigh any additional healthcare costs she could envision.
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“We get a stipend for office equipment, for child care, we get a paid lunch break, and our CEO promised a review and potential raise in four months,” she says. “At my last job, it took me four years to get a raise, and that was only because I completed my master’s, not because of my good work.”
On top of that, Green has found the flexibility she’s been craving. No one’s tracking when she puts in her hours — as long as the work gets done each day, she’s free to manage her family and care for her daughter as she needs to. She’s so happy in her new role, she’s trying to make it a family affair.
“I’m trying to get my husband hired,” she says. “He’s got all the qualifications we’re looking for, and he learns fast. I know he’d do a good job.”