I was 22 years old and working as a customer service representative — making $11.50 an hour.
I wasn’t even making it from paycheck to paycheck, living off of a maxed out credit card and staying at the local extended stay hotel.
How did I get here?
In college, I started out as a Pre-Med Chemistry major with the dream of becoming a world renown OBGYN. I was tired of witnessing male doctors tell women what was wrong with their bodies. I wanted to be the one helping women with their gender specific health needs.
But college life was certainly different from what I had thought it would be. I partied and partied, and studied very little. Eventually, I lost the scholarship I had been given, and traveled to Atlanta — a place far away enough from home for me to have my own identity, but close enough for me to go back to my family if needed — in order to regroup on what I wanted out of life.
The regrouping process was definitely a journey. I went from having dreams of finishing med school to working a dead end customer service job just to make ends meet.
At my job as a customer service rep, there were a few older women on my team who had families to support — and they weren’t silent about their financial struggles. They were frustrated, living from paycheck to paycheck, and working at a job that they absolutely hated but had to endure due to their family obligations.
It was at that moment I had a “come to Jesus” meeting with myself, and saw my future life flash before my eyes. I made the decision to fight for my dream of seeing money in my bank account between pay periods. To never again have a negative account balance. To be able to walk into a store and buy more than just the necessities. I knew that in order to make the change that I wanted in my life, I needed to invest in myself.
I knew now that medical school wasn’t for me, so when I re-enrolled in school the next semester, I went after the next highest paying major: Computer Science.
With a new mind and a fresh outlook I hit the ground running. My partying days were over. I turned myself into a project. I used my experience as my story, in order to justify why I was working so hard to reach my personal goal.
Once you’ve hit rock bottom and know what that kind of life feels like, when you see an opportunity to get away from that feeling, you seize it and don’t let go.
I used that feeling as the fuel to push me forward to reach my goals — but the journey wasn’t without its challenges.
I networked my way into a position as a Software Test Engineer while I was still attending school. I was kind of shy, so I enrolled in a speaking class. I didn’t want to shortchange my career, so I did what I could to put me in the best position moving forward and never looked back.
I had made my way far from where I was many years prior. With each job move I acquired more skills and made more money. But eventually, I would get bored and move on to the next job.
My friends began asking for my help with their job searches, because they knew that regardless of the state of the economy, I knew how to network and interview my way into a job. I aided many women in furthering their careers just because I enjoyed it, not realizing that it would eventually birth into my passion.
Despite my new skills and higher salary, something was missing. Although I was making six figures and was sought after by recruiters, I was still unhappy. I felt incomplete.
A defining moment in my life was when I had my daughter. I vowed to myself, my husband and God to raise her to be a self-thinking, confident, assertive and free spirited woman. What mother doesn’t want that for her child?
It took some deep self-reflection and many tears, but it was time to begin practicing what I was preaching. I was this strong bold woman at home, but I was far from that person at the office. I had to be the version of the woman I wanted my daughter to be. I had to find my voice.
Feeling confused and frustrated because I wasn’t happy in my career, yet unsure of what to do next or how to even continue frightened me. It was then that I invested in a personal coach.
With the help of my coach, I was able to find my true passion: finding jobs for other people. Helping others gave me more joy than working for others. I was damn good at getting jobs and directing others on how to navigate their careers. And the best news? I had already been doing my dream job, without even realizing it! Six of my close friends had landed jobs due to my advice before I had even started working as a coach. Two of them even doubled their salaries within a year. My friends began referring their friends to me for help with their careers, and before I knew it, I had helped over 30 people achieve their career goals.
I have since made a commitment to dedicate my time to helping women find clarity on what they want out of their careers, and achieving their vision of happiness, fulfillment and peace. I want women to have a career and a life that makes them happy. Whether it’s transitioning into a new role, a new company or even going into business for themselves. I have made it my mission to be that guiding compass each step of the way.
If you’re stuck or feel you’re not making the progress that you seek in your career, it may be time to make an investment in yourself. Schedule your initial coaching session with me, and we’ll work together to figure out the best next step for your career!