I graduated from University in 2008, a prime time for people entering the workforce – it was the peak of the global financial crisis. Lucky me.
Of all things, I changed my degree from science to business… majoring in Marketing. Everyone knows, the first budget to be cut during a financial crisis is the marketing budget. I did not think that far ahead in my 20s to be honest. I obviously didn’t get a job in marketing when I graduated, but I did land a job in Sales.
It took me 2 years before I entered the marketing field, which by the way happened by absolute fluke. I had applied for a Executive Assistant role, and at the interview was offered their vacant Marketing Executive position because the HR manager felt inspired by my passion in the field. So despite no experience, I got really lucky that day and owe my entire career to Accor Hotels.
What happened next? I had kids, and then decided to open a family day care while I took a career break. When was this? It was during the child care subsidy reforms. Yup, apparently there was a whole heap of fraudulent activity happening in the industry. I had to change providers 3 times as all the services were shutting down. Yet, I got by running a small child care service for 2 years while my son was young.
Eventually, I went back to my corporate career. But then… due to multiple personal issues I had to relocate my family. So what did I do next? I decided to enquire about becoming a Mortgage Broker. That is… my current position. And what just happens to be happening to the mortgage industry at current? Broker commissions are being reviewed by the government and could impact earning capacity in the future.
How is it, that I have consistently entered into new professions during some of the most complicated times in the industry? But to be honest, external environmental factors don’t tend to detour me. I strongly believe, you can adapt to every situation. It’s just deciding whether adapting is worth it. No matter what, if you are good at what you do, there is always someone who needs your help.