Whoever said that hard work and perseverance doesn’t pay off sure didn’t meet Tanya.
What Tanya Malcolm Revell did when she was looking to make her big career change was no easy feat.
Besides being an American looking for work that fit her in London, U.K., Tanya is also a Career Change Bootcamp alum and our guest for this installment of our most recent CCB success story.After experiencing the overwhelm of career burnout from her previous positions and frustration with the job search overseas, Tanya found HTYC, enrolled in CCB, put in the hard work, built strategic relationships, and persevered even after hitting a few bumps in the road to land her ideal job. Learn her tips for growing your personal network.
I WILL NEVER GO OUT FOR A JOB JUST BECAUSE IT HAS PRESENTED ITSELF ON SOME RANDOM LINKEDIN JOB BLAST THAT SOUNDS GOOD. I’LL FOCUS ON COMPANIES THAT I KNOW THAT I WILL BE APPRECIATED IN, THAT I KNOW I WILL BE ABLE TO GROW IN, I KNOW THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO WORK IN SOME SORT OF COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT.TANYA MALCOM REVELL
CURIOUS HOW SHE DID IT?
You’re in luck!
Here’s a case study on how Tanya leveraged her previous work and life experience, overcame her obstacles, and established brand-new relationships with the key players that would lead her to land her new career.
TANYA’S IDEAL CAREER GOALS
Tanya’s top priority was to find a job that aligned with who she was and offered her exactly what she was looking for.
At the top of Tanya’s career needs were sharing a belief system with an organization that valued the things she valued, such as:
- A collaborative environment
- Growth within the company
- Recognition for a job well done
Whether it is lacking the confidence in our own knowledge and skills, or debating which path to take to get where you want to go, we all have our career change roadblocks.
For Tanya, she knew what she was capable of and where she wanted to take her skills and experience.
The things that were slowing her down were:
- The fact that she had just moved to a new country
- Her hesitation to reach out and establish a connection with people outside of her own network
Like most of our stumbling blocks (outside of getting the correct work visa), it was all in her head, and she knew it.
How did she break free from this mental roadblock?
She changed her perspective.
In her previous work experience, she had to reach out to people to get her job done.
She brought on that new mindset of “this task must be completed in order to get the job done,” to continue her process to reach her dream career.
With those challenges in mind, Tanya was determined to make this career search a more focused one than what she had done in her previous job searches, so she enlisted the help of HTYC.
Tanya knew that if she was going to make a successful career switch in a new country, she wasn’t going to be able to continue on her own.
She found HTYC and enrolled in our Career Change Bootcamp, which equipped her with the framework and support she needed guide her through the finish line of snagging her new job.
Here are the key elements that Tanya followed in order to land her new position.
1. IDENTIFYING STRENGTHS
Here at HTYC, we’re big believers that people do best when they work in their strengths.
As with any big plan for change, you need to layout a foundation to build on. When it comes to working in your strengths, you need just that — a list of all of your strengths.
In order to identify her strengths, Tanya completed an exercise from the CCB program that consisted of things like:
- Looking at her job experiences in the past to identify what she excelled in
- Looking for patterns, repetition, and connections from her past
- Asking for input from her close friends and family
You can learn more about the process here.
Once she developed a list of her strengths, she was able to move onto the next step of figuring out what she valued.
2. EVALUATING VALUES
Values like strengths are an integral part to determining where you work next.
Don’t think so?
Think about this:
Would you go for a job that you knew didn’t value your work ethic?
Would you work for an organization that wasn’t flexible with your work schedule?
Would you apply somewhere that you knew didn’t promote from within the company?
We all have different wants, needs, and would-like-to-haves, so why not know what those are?
While you’re at it, make a list of what you definitely don’t want in you next job, too!
For Tanya, knowing all the things that she didn’t want in her next career and knowing the things that she had to have in common with the next organization she worked with, helped her narrow her scope of companies that she would be more intentional about focusing her time on.
Putting in the work and the effort throughout the bootcamp, really paying attention to myself and my thoughts — what worked, what didn’t work throughout my career, what I was looking for, what my wants were, what my motivations were, my minimums, my ideals, etc.TANYA MALCOM REVELL
3. CREATING AN IDEAL CAREER PROFILE
As we all know, our lives change over time. Depending on conditions, so do our values.
By looking back at you past job experiences, you learn a lot about what you don’t want in your career.
Taking the lists of strengths and values that Tanya defined in the first two steps of the process that HTYC outlined for her, she was able to create her own Ideal Career Profile (ICP).
Creating an ICP is something that Tanya credits for helping put herself into perspective.
With her ICP, Tanya was able to narrow down job positions AND organizations that really aligned with her career and life goals.
Getting all of her ‘asks’ down on paper let her pool her energy to focus on her end goal.
Although she knew that she would never find herself in the perfect role for life, she knew that the ICP that she created would be ideal for what she was looking for now as an American living in London for now.
4. CONNECTING WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE
As soon as she did the research on her career wants, needs, ideals, and minimums, she knew she wanted to work for Wanderlust, an event production company that produces yoga festivals globally.
The next step of the process required Tanya to take the bull by the horns and reach out to key people within the Wanderlust organization.
She broke this step down by first, reaching out to others in her network to see if she knew anyone that had connections at Wanderlust. With that one action, she made a connection to the Co-founder of Wanderlust (!!).
SO YOU FOUND A CONNECTION?
The next part of this step is building and fostering your new connection with the understanding that you’re not going to just to flat out ask for a job.
Fostering a new (and important connection) requires you to do a bit of an information exchange. You want to give something to people as well.
How will you help the organization?
What skills do you bring that makes their lives easier?
Within your communications, you’ll want to make sure to convey interest (and enthusiasm!) in their particular brand/organization.
Just putting this all down on paper, I realized that it’s not rocket science. At the end of the day, this is me. But what it did for me, it helped me put me in perspective. It helped me really think about myself in a different light. See myself through a bigger lens.TANYA MALCOM REVELL
LUSTING AFTER WANDERLUST NO MORE
Tanya applied all of her learnings from the CCB program (listed above) and landed a position at the organization she targeted from her Ideal Career Profile — Wanderlust.
Tanya is currently spearheading a project to bring the Wanderlust festivals to the UK and Europe.
What does she attribute her successful career transition to?
Tanya is particularly proud about getting over her fear to reach out to her network.
She was able to be more intentional about seeking out specific people and establishing relationships with the key players at Wanderlust.
Without that piece of the career change process, Tanya wouldn’t be in the position that she is in now — working her dream job at the exact company she targeted during the first steps of her career change research.
Things may not happen overnight. But, eventually if you follow your process and are consistently following up with the people you reach out to, a career transition will happen for you.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, even when you don’t see a glimmer.
The career change process is just that, A PROCESS.
With perseverance comes the drive and motivation.
DON’T FORGET WHAT IS DRIVING YOU TO CHANGE CAREERS.
Sometimes, all you need to do is step back, breathe, take it all in, and refocus on your ideal career goals.
It wasn’t somebody coming to me. It wasn’t me trying to throw my resume into a random lotto of 100 million other people for the same job. This was me networking. This was me building relationships. This was me sticking with it, even when I wasn’t getting a response on an email or a phone call. I was just calling back and making sure they knew who I was.Tanya Malcom Revell
JUST TO RECAP SOME OF THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM TANYA’S CAREER SEARCH EXPERIENCE:
- Know your wants, needs, and values — and don’t just go for any job that pops up, go for a job that aligns with YOU
- Breaking out of your comfort zone, putting yourself out there, and growing your own personal network is important — what’s the worst they can say?
- Push past the negative and continue to focus on yourself in the positive. Your situation isn’t permanent. You will make the change!
- Hard work, dedication, and perseverance is what will get you through the rough bumps in the road (see bullet point #2)
We know that your decision to change careers isn’t something to be taken lightly. You want your next career to be everything you want and more (we totally get it!). That is why we’ve created the Career Change Bootcamp program to guide you to build a strong foundation that will go even more in depth to help you determine what it is you want out of your next career.
DON’T LET THE HARD DAYS, OR THE DAYS THAT YOU THINK YOU’RE NOT MOVING FORWARD OR NOTHING IS HAPPENING, STOP YOU OR SLOW YOU DOWN…IF ANYTHING, YOU SHOULD DOUBLE DOWN IN YOUR EFFORTS.TANYA MALCOM REVELL
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