In times before us people were limited to their careers based on skills or education. Some examples of that would be teaching, government work, healthcare, skilled labor, etc.

Have you ever noticed how Boomers or even our parents have a job history of 20+ years in the same industry or for that matter, the same company?

Today, though, opportunities are abundant and skills are transferable across multiple industries and companies hire for entry level positions or on the job training in full–which is awesome, right?!

At the ripe age of 18 I began my career in healthcare as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) I realized quickly, after 5 years in that role that:

    1. Long-term, my body was going to be under a lot of stress–mentally and physically.
    2. I wanted to create a better income for myself and my future family. So, off to nursing school I went where I completed a LPN program in 1 year. After practicing as a nurse for 2 years in a few different settings I was having what I call a career crisis. I didn’t agree with the system; I felt like my hands were tied and I couldn’t care for those whom I knew better than doctors or insurance companies the way I knew they needed.
    3. Because of that I felt like I was not living up to my potential. I knew I wanted to help people.

That’s all I knew. Then, I found Catalyst where I’ve been for a year and half now.

Seems like a pretty drastic change, huh? Retiring my scrubs for blazers. Well…not really and here’s why:

  1. Relationship building and being passionate about the wellbeing of others remains the same.
  2. Communication skills are being utilized by coordinating with candidates, customers, and my team as opposed to families, residents/patients, and the care plan team.y
  3. Being solution oriented in a fast paced setting has turned into me working quickly on my feet to ensure the best experiences for candidates and the client/customers I serve.
  4. The ability to track and compile data for a desired outcome.
I could keep going, but you get the point. I am using skills I’ve learned but in a different light. I had no experience in business or sales/marketing at all. I’m so grateful for that season of my life. I learned so much, met great people, and helped people live a better quality of life to the best of my ability.

A few examples of what I’ve gained and discovered by changing industries:

  1. I’ve been able to leverage my strengths and weakness

  2. Utilize my creativity

  3. I have limitless opportunities for continued upward mobility.

  4. With no seniority model I have the ability to earn an income and bonuses based on my performance.

  5. I’ve been able to be a partner in business receiving guidance and coaching vs. having and reporting to a boss

  6. I work in a fun and uplifting environment where everyone wants me to succeed that I value as my family.

  7. And my biggest takeaway yet: To care for others, I have to care for myself first so they get the best version of me.

In closing, if you’re thinking of changing industries or career paths, just go for it! You may have different skills to offer than I did, but the diversity we have on our team is one of our strengths. Everyone is writing a different story and we all have a purpose. In looking for it, we can get lost. Instead, align with your purpose and the values you have.

As Colleen told me, “Worst case scenario is that you don’t like the change and go back to what you know.” So, that’s my advice to you. Are you willing to bet on yourself and dive into the unknown for greatness?

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Rachel - HR Coordinator/Development Mentor

Getting out of her comfort zone and stepping into a merit based business was intimidating at first. Now, she is thriving and leading others in a way she didn’t think was possible. Starting her career in healthcare, now has retired the scrubs for blazers. She is passionate about helping others and decided to take the leap into the unknown and found success on the way down. She loves photography and DIY projects.