Quynh Killpack, Executive Associate at Hunt Club
Quynh came over to the U.S. on a student visa from Vietnam in 2011. After spending a decade working many different jobs, she realized her priorities were shifting and hoped to align her career with them.
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Your career is a continual progression, a journey that’s never actually completed. The ultimate challenge is eventually learning how to direct that journey. Taking your past experiences and the things you’ve learned about yourself on the way and creating the exact role you want, and expertly navigating your career path.
Quynh’s career path is a great example of why no role is a waste of time, even if you end up completely changing industries. Every role is worthwhile if you learn something from it and use the experience wisely!
Learn how Quynh used every single experience from being an international student, going through the immigration process, and all of her different jobs, to continually pivot into roles that better fit her priorities and life.
What you’ll learn
- How to use learnings from your current and past roles to pivot into a career that fits
- The importance of figuring out the exact ingredients that will create your ideal role
- How to figure out your career path by defining your priorities
I see much better now how my five Clifton strengths tied together and the ones that I had felt were really not that much of a big deal, I can see better how they are innovative to me as a person and to my strengths and where they come from. And that was a kind of a new thing. What I love is new situations and learning, and I actually actively look for opportunities to push myself out of my comfort zone. So, and if I look back at past roles, I would tend to have to go back to go to the land and to run a major program that had been failing. And I didn't know a lot of the nitty gritty, the detail of all the different projects, but I had the organizational skills, I wanted to learn about the different projects. I wasn't fazed by the fact that I didn't know any of that detail. So I had the challenge of learning and the environment initially and also the challenge of language as I learn to. And that satisfied my learning.
Thank you both for inspiring me to always ask, "Why NOT me?" and stick to my values for what I want for my life. I couldn't be happier and more excited for this new life!
I realized early on in that career transition that if I was going to be able to find a job that was rewarding and in an area I liked, even to just pay rent, I would need help because I wasn’t getting the results I needed I know how to get introduced to people and talk to folks. I’ve done this remote job search thing a few times. What made it different for me though is that it’s not just an opportunity to change location but to change position. It could be not just a lateral move from one city to another but it could also be a promotion. I was moving my career and experience to an area where I went from leading projects to potentially leading teams… Sometimes you can stretch yourself and sometimes you need a team to stretch you beyond your best. I think that’s the biggest value from coaching. You have someone in your corner looking out for your best interests. If they are doing their job as good as Lisa did they are pushing you to be the best version of yourself.
I wanted to share some good news with you about my next career transition. I will be starting a new position at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on December 10th as a social scientist. It has been less than a year that I have been in my position at University of Maryland. There was really nothing wrong with that job, it allowed me a lot of bandwidth of independence, but it wasn't quite right, still (even though it was a great transition). In that role, my values and what I needed sunk in quite a bit more, and when I realized it, I didn't waste anytime in starting to plan for the next transition. In this next role, I will have more autonomy in my work, more money, more responsibility, and most importantly which is the THING I ended up valuing most is more flexibility. It is the season of being thankful (though, I try to be thankful everyday for what I have), and I would like to thank you for all that you do for people like me. This transition was so much easier than the last and so much more gratifying because of all that I learned with HTYC.
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