I am one of those who, during my youth, lacked direction. What little direction I did had was to get married and raise 5 children. That dream never happened. After bouncing around in various careers from ice cream parlor to plasma center to financial aid to insurance, I found myself craving the completion of the college degree I’d walked away from.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington, majoring in Business Administration/Accounting. This very quickly landed me a position with Microsoft – my dream career at that point. But, as life would have it, I quit that job to move back to the East Coast for family. During that time, I had a successful career as a project manager, implementing accounting systems all over the US and Europe. A great job, but left me wanting a ‘normal’ 9-5 life without travel that allowed me to sleep in my own bed every night. So, 5 years later, I quit and became an accounting manager.
As it happened, I discovered accounting was not the career for me. I spent quite a bit of time assessing what I liked and didn’t like about what I was doing. All of this led me to discover the field of learning and development, and led me to complete my Master’s degree at George Washington University.
This step once again reaped major rewards. I quickly landed a role at Goodwill’s national office – my dream job, dream team, which I have always referred to as Camelot. Great people, great mission, and most of all, great personal development. It was here that I learned the value of continuing my professional development.
This is the foundation for the work I do today, the passion behind it, and the steadfast belief that every single person should keep their professional development at the forefront of their professional life. I am now driven to help people continue their development. I work with people who are committed to their development, willing to make the investment to ensure they continue to develop. It’s so easy to become complacent, get busy, and just live life, forgetting that one day down the road, you might need to compete for a new job and feel lacking in skills and knowledge. With the fast pace of technology and knowledge change, it’s very easy to fall behind.
Whether you are a Mom returning to work, someone returning from a well-deserved sabbatical, or simply someone anticipating a change in jobs someday, it’s imperative you keep an eye on your professional development and don’t fall behind. The work I do with people sets a path for you to keep moving forward in your professional life so you never find yourself falling behind.
Maintain an awareness of your career, where you want to be, and most importantly, how you are going to get there. You don’t have to fall behind.
Andrea's passion is to see you achieve your professional dreams. Whether you are a corporate leader seeking leadership development for your employees or an individual seeking guidance in building your career or preparing for retirement, she will coach you to success.