Victoria Lyon , Senior Program Manager
An unexpected role change caused Victoria to pivot away from her research career and PhD plans, and ultimately into a career in program management.
on this episode
When it comes to making a career change, figuring out what you want to do next can seem extremely daunting, especially when thinking long-term. When the pandemic hit, Victoria Lyon was thrust into the front lines of COVID testing operations. This unexpected role change caused her to reevaluate her research job and plans for a PhD. As she began digging into what she truly wanted, she felt a lot of pressure to make the right decisions for her career’s future. Learn how Victoria figured out what she truly wanted, got strategic with her strengths and switched industries to a career she loves.
What you’ll learn
- How to evaluate your strengths to figure out your ideal role when switching industries
- The importance of finding a career where you can be yourself
- Career search strategies that use your signature strengths
- How to figure out your priorities and avoid becoming a martyr to your job
- How to use parts of your past roles to figure out your ideal career
The transition was so much easier than the last and so much more gratifying because of all that I learned with HTYC
If you're looking for a change, if you're somebody who is feeling unsatisfied in your work, and you're not necessarily necessarily sure why that is yet, I feel like, that's a great way to kind of figure that out, just because of how the program is structured. I don't think that I would have necessarily gotten to where I am now without the program, especially when it came to the resume and the interviewing portion, because I feel like those are the hardest two areas for someone who's trying to switch into something that's completely different. Having that coaching and that information, and, you know, all those resources available to me to prep me for to be able to present myself in a way where, you know, I'm talking to the hiring managers, and they're like, hey, well, you know, she doesn't have, you know, experience in this, but, you know, being able to explain why I'm still a valuable person and why, you know, my other skills are still good fits for, you know, the job that I was applying for, I don't think I would have had that tools and that skill set and, you know, the roadmaps and the guidance that I would have, that I had with being part of the program. So I'm super, super grateful.
“It’s hard to find something that fits, that’s why so many people change careers. When I finally understood my strengths and how I could apply them it all made sense. It just made it easier to see what types of jobs and roles would fit me. In my new career I get to do the marketing that I love with a company I’m excited about.”
That's one of the things I learned about in CCB is just the importance of, where are you coming from? Are you more trying to escape from or are you going to, but before that all before CCB, I was thinking very much in terms of I want to escape from. OR Starting with career change boot camp, I think one of the big things that realized is that you can't think your way there. You've got to kind of get out of yourself and, you know, go out and take action. And that definitely came through in terms of the experiments and just kind of the action steps are part of a career change boot camp.
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