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Internal Transitions: Developing a Career at Bluebeam

Internal Transitions: Developing a Career at Bluebeam

It had only been six months since I had graduated from college in the freezing Midwest, but I was already starting to thaw out and build up my professional resume as Bluebeam’s new Channel Operations Specialist in sunny Pasadena, CA.

As I sat at my desk, processing orders, spinning out quotes, and completing my other daily responsibilities, I felt like I wasn’t truly honing my professional strengths. Sure, I could get the job done well, but my education in marketing and communications was starting to collect dust on the shelf. When my manager one day asked if I would like to transition into a marketing role, I thought it was some sort of professional test—one that I was determined to pass. “It’s a trap!” the Star Wars nerd in me thought. “Nope! I love processing orders in Channel Operations! I could totally see myself doing this for the rest of my life!”

I was afraid that admitting my true feelings would lead my manager to think I was leaving him, his team, or the company overall. Confessing that I wasn’t happy in my current role would essentially be declaring my bona fide status as a whiny, high-maintenance millennial. I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself as a “complainer,” and I certainly wouldn’t fall victim to the stereotypes of my own generation.

Luckily for me, Bluebeam wants their employees to be happy and—take a seat for this one—thrive in the workplace! After all, what’s the point in holding someone back from their full potential? After being reassured that this wasn’t some sort of ploy, and I could grow my career within the marketing department, I accepted the new position and began my internal transition. It turns out, I’m not alone.

Many Bluebeam employees have started in one department, only to find that their skills are better suited for an entirely different role. Can you blame them? Who wouldn’t want to explore their options at a company like ours—one that’s flown the entire team out to Hawaii, celebrates Macaron Monday, and films a musical keynote for their annual user conference? And as we navigate “this thing called life,” tastes refine and passions develop; we figure out what we love, what we don’t love, and what we really don’t love. Fortunately, Bluebeam embraces the growth and change that accompany life experience, and helps its employees navigate those maturing interests.

The company’s impetus is to attract and hold onto smart, capable talent. After individuals have proven themselves competent in their current position, Human Capital welcomes giving them the opportunity to explore a new interest or to hone an existing skill, safe within the Bluebeam environment. Thankfully, the company is constantly growing, and new opportunities abound for employees. With more positions and brand-new roles developing in almost every department, Bluebeam offers valued employees the chance to cultivate a long-term career.

Not only do employees benefit from this approach, but it’s also in Bluebeam’s best interest to foster professional exploration. If someone is an ace at their job, but unhappy, it makes good business sense to let that person try another role. “At the end of the day,” notes Tracy Heverly, Vice President of Human Capital, “if you’re happy, you’re a better contributor.”

Bluebeam is a truly unique company that wants all of its employees to thrive in the workplace, whether it’s someone who has skills suited for another team or department, or someone like me who’s still “figuring it out.” Talent does not go wasted here. And as the company continues to grow, each individual has more power to shape the path of their career.

In fact, in my path to professional development, I’ve realized just how much I like to write and think creatively. As a result, I am currently in the process of transitioning—again—into copywriting. My favorite projects as Channel Marketing Specialist were those that involved refining prose to convey the perfect message. Human Capital has found someone with the interest and talent to tackle the event-planning and Channel coordination responsibilities that used to be mine. As for me, my passions lie elsewhere, and Bluebeam is more than accepting of that.


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Internal Transitions: Developing a Career at Bluebeam
Tamara Newman

Tamara is a Channel Marketing Specialist for Bluebeam. When she’s not solving mysteries, she enjoys watching Game of Thrones and Instagraming. Every. Single. Meal.


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