What work have you done in the past?
I have been involved in geographic information systems for quite some time.
What are you doing now?
I am Vice President of Business Development in the Insurance Industry.
Maybe it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely mine! I’m a data geek.
And the organization fits me like a glove. I am able to leverage my multi-potential characteristics in what I do – and also do it with people I enjoy.
Why did you change?
I was tired of it, and I wanted to change to something more challenging.
I wanted to leverage the background of my data and analytics.
When was the moment when you decided to make the change?
I did a series of career shifts over a period of about six years.
I went through three or four different start-ups – each one less satisfying, and each one more affecting my mental health.
So I learned a bit about changing careers for a long time, trying to figure out why I’m having such a hard time.
I was looking for plans to learn about it and found the career change launch pad, which I joined.
Are you happy with the change?
Every day I feel blessed. I’m so excited to have the opportunity I have.
I love working with these people. I get to be my true self.
My close friends told me that before the shift I was in a really dark place.
I was trying to figure out if I should get into some kind of forced retirement or not.
But when I get out of this shift, I’m energetic. I’m in flow every day. It’s just a huge change! My future looks bright, and I have a great plan.
I have turned from a shy, introverted, very miserable and insecure person to the confidence I feel now.
It’s exciting to live like this now.
How did you make the transition?
During the Launch Pad I researched the idea of being multi-potential.
It helped me start to understand why I did what I did in my career so far – for example, I had six businesses of my own in the past.
I felt very distracted. I was not sure if I should chase after all these different things that made me want to.
It hit me after a while after I learned the patterns of the things I was interested in and things I tried, that I didn’t necessarily have to engage in everything.
I started contacting people outside my network for ideas, and I found that they gave me similar advice – it was as if the stars were straightening out. All of these people pushed me in a direction that made a lot of sense.
So when the opportunity arose I thought about the patterns I recognized in my areas of interest, and I could identify that it was the right thing to do.
My network directed me in that direction, it matched what I was interested in, and they offered me the job in an amazing way.
How did you handle your finances to enable your shift?
It was not a financial challenge.
I was still working in a role I was not too happy with while exploring my options.
In my new role I get handsome compensation for it – and it’s proof that when you can do something that you really feel is right, people recognize it.
What was the hardest thing about the change?
It also took time in my new role to get through the impostor syndrome and build a series of successes to a place where I feel very safe now.
What did you learn in the process?
As an introvert who works in sales as a learned extrovert, I was kind of a chameleon, for many years – I behaved in a way that was not really me.
It really shocked me, to be honest. But I lifted myself up and told myself I was going to be more authentic. It was huge for my shift.
What would you advise others to do in that situation?
This is a cliché, but just do it.
Persevere – good things will come.
Alan attended our career change launch pad. If you are willing to join a group of brilliant and motivated career changers in a structured program to help you find a more satisfying job, you can find out more here.
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