Everyone an Entrepreneur: Taking a risk and making the climb to reach my dream career


We are all entrepreneurs. This is a core value at Building Careers and something I believe wholeheartedly. Not necessarily in the traditional sense of the word, but more so in the spirit in which we have the opportunity to approach our professional lives.

No matter what our job situation is, it often takes an entrepreneurial spirit to embrace new opportunities, accept and inspire new ways of thinking, empower others, and lead change and make things happen - aka get things done.

The same goes for job seekers and applies to my own career journey. There are times when looking for a job is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to leave a secure job. It takes confidence to recognize the value you bring to the table and a certain amount of drive and ambition to search for that role that will ensure you’re fully utilized. It takes a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone to keep challenging yourself to try something new.

Last September, I hiked Half Dome in Yosemite National Park to face one of my biggest fears of cliffs. I am happy to say my friends and I made it to the top after the exhilarating but grueling 8 miles, 4,800 feet of elevation and… the cables! This extraordinary experience brought me outside of my comfort zone, gave me a whole lot of perspective and reminded me that we are capable of more than we think we are when we put our mind to it. It also taught me about the power of supporting friends and family. Mine always have my back.

It took me several steps and big decisions to get to where I am today working in my dream job as a recruiting consultant with Carly and Julia at Building Careers. Some of the decisions I made came naturally. Some not so much.

Over the past six years, I have had the pleasure of working in commercial real estate digging in to all aspects of the business from marketing to sales to office administration to analysis. In 2014, I packed my bags and left my hometown in Virginia (for the first time ever) and moved to San Diego. This growth and movement helped propel my professional development forward and prepare me for this exciting new role.

I've learned that if you aren't willing to take a great risk, then you aren't ready for the change you've been dreaming of. If you look up at the whole mountain and think about how far that cliff looks, it can be too hard to want to try to take it on. But if you just take that first step and take it one step at a time, before you know it you're at the top and accomplishing your meaningful goals and dreams. This applies to taking that leap in your career and if you take the first step of reaching out.

Carly and Julia are a successful, inspiring team of entrepreneurs. Together, I look forward to helping you as job seekers discover your entrepreneurial spirit, help you make career choices that reflect your full potential and find you that dream job.

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Join me in welcoming Regan Shouldis as a valuable addition to our consulting team! As we celebrate our company’s two year anniversary this month, it’s exciting to introduce new talent and continue to watch our network and success grow! - Carly

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