She landed a job as a direct seller, a career regression but a job nonetheless. Her frustration mounting, she took advantage of University of Phoenix’s Career Services for Life® commitment to students and graduates that includes lifetime access to career support.
Frustrated that she was underemployed, Terry was ready to trade industries. She began working with Ricklyn Woods, a UOPX career advisor. When they first met, Woods felt Terry had lost her confidence and had doubt about pursuing higher-level roles. Through their work together, Terry began to see her significance again and remembered what she loved about the industry she was in.
Woods helped her discovered how to articulate her skills, experience and, as Woods put it, “awesomeness,” on her resumé, on her LinkedIn profile and in interviews. Terry told Woods that she wanted to move back into a director role, so Woods gave her some pointers on how to talk with executive personnel about that. “I was on the ledge, and she talked me off,” Terry says.
“For many people, their career journey is anything but linear. There are often highs, lows, ups and downs,” Woods says. “Sometimes you even have to take a step back in your career, which can sometimes cause a person to lose confidence and discount their worth.”
Woods believes their work together helped Terry give herself permission to prosper in her career. “I believe it that once Shammai believed in herself again, others began to believe in her, which helped her land her new role.”