In the Hot Seat with Jennie Askew
An unexpected career path leads to fulfillment…literally.
What is your role at Hothouse?
I’m the Client Service Manager. My days never look the same. A lot of what I handle is on the client-facing side like billing and fulfillment projects.
How long have you worked here?
I’ve been here for 3 ½ years, and I still love coming to work every day.
How has Hothouse helped you grow in your career?
Prior to Hothouse, I was a little lost in my career. I kept taking different jobs trying to improve upon the position I had, but there wasn’t a linear path for me. I left work every day feeling defeated. Since I’ve been at Hothouse, I’ve found something that I love that also challenges me. There isn’t a single day that goes by where my work feels stagnant or monotonous, and that is a very special thing to find.
How did you get to this point in your career?
Luck, chance and hard work. Before working at Hothouse, I worked at jobs that showed me what I didn’t want to do. I also worked at jobs where I learned a lot, but they weren’t necessarily the right place for me. I spent the beginning of my career working really hard and “paying my dues,” which taught me the value of having a job you love. I was also fortunate that a few hiring managers saw my potential and took a chance to help me get to where I am today.
What song best describes you?
“Calendar Girl” by Stars. It’s haunting, poignant, regretful and hopeful. It has followed me through all the different phases of my life and each time I listen to it, it speaks to a different experience or moment.
What trend do you wish would make a reappearance?
I don’t know if it really counts as a trend, per se, but I feel a very serious lack of rom coms lately. I love a good rom com—the saccharine sweetness, the neat little tie up at the end, the beautiful people, the love story. I’m such a sucker, but I really love them all and they genuinely make me happy.