After working only a few years as a Certified Accountant in a large firm, I was pretty sure I had not found my calling. The personality and values assessment of the workshop seemed to confirm my feeling I should find a job that allowed me an opportunity to work directly with people. With a young family and debt from many years of college, I couldn’t see how I could leave my profession for a new career.
For years, I had been to personal development courses and workshops. I desperately wanted to find a way to share the wonderful ideas collected over my lifetime. But I could not find a way to make a living and support my family doing that. I knew I could not afford to quit my day job as a teacher.
At first I was doing well. I didn’t mind going from job to job and project to project, but because I lacked direction and focus, the contracts were tapering off. I became anxious and worried I might not have the qualifications or the ability to survive financially. I considered getting a steady job but the only job I found did not pay even half as much as I was used to making. I knew I had to have a lot more training if I was to survive in the computer field.
My name is Mario. I’m 20 years old. I had no problems getting jobs but I also lost them within days because I was always getting into fights with someone at work. After going to a ReDirections workshop, I found out my personality type and why I had trouble talking to other people and why I didn’t get along with them.
At 18, I had already been living on my own for 3 years. Because of alcoholism and family breakup, I was caring for Tommy, my younger brother as well. With only a grade nine education I had to get by day to day, working at everything from babysitting to temporary labor.
I was an international trader and my wife Rani was a teacher. We had emigrated from India to Bahrain, but were not happy because immigration policies there would not allow us to own property or become full citizens and we were worried our children would not receive the education we wanted to give them. We did not relish the thought of returning to India, so we thought emigrating to North America was a possibility to consider.
I have a great husband and two wonderful kids. We have more than enough money and I have a great job as a senior executive at a telecommunications firm. Yet I had been unhappy for a long time and felt guilty because of my unhappiness. I just couldn’t understand why I was unhappy, neither could my husband. During the ReDirections workshop I re-discovered my passion for archeology, and realized my career and family had taken me away from my dream of becoming an archaeologist. I remembered I had abandoned archaeology because I felt I would have to be away from those I loved for months on end while I was away on digs in remote parts of the world.
I was unhappy with my work and was considering leaving my position as head of Radiology in a major medical institution. Government cutbacks and downsizing had left me with a department that was understaffed and demoralized. Because of my frustration and unhappiness about my career, my husband, Ben, had offered me work in his business. I appreciated the offer, but felt I would lose my independence and that being together with Ben 24 hours a day, as much as I love him, simply would not work for either of us. On top of that, I had some concerns that my experience as an administrator in a government institution didn’t qualify me to run a private company. Though he didn’t say it, I think Ben shared my concerns too.
Long hours and reasonable pay were okay when I was fresh out of high school and didn’t have three kids to feed. I’ve worked all my life as a waitress, but for five years I tried to get out of the restaurant industry, but it’s been really tough. I could’t afford to just quit because my husband’s wages can’t support our family.
My manufacturing job will soon become obsolete. Even though I like the money and the benefits package, I never really enjoyed the work. ReDirections showed me I would be better suited to a job which involves working with people and gives me room to use more creativity. The workshop got me out of a rut and showed me I had many other skills and abilities I could use for paid work.