Job Satisfaction Soars After Role Change
Many adults who experience dissatisfaction in their current
jobs believe that changing companies may give them a fresh
perspective, and Mike Magnus was one of them.
In 2005 he left his employer of 12 years, a leading international
market research firm for the consumer package goods, retail
and healthcare industries. In search of more satisfying work,
Mike moved to a new employer in the pharmaceutical industry
while retaining similar responsibilities analyzing market
data and sales trends. The new job gave him the opportunity
to work from home, a situation which turned out to be far
too isolating. He soon realized the new job was not what he
hoped it would be.
"I came to Career Vision on the recommendation of a
friend," relates Mike. "I had faint ideas of what
I'd like to do, but never had the courage of my convictions
to do anything with them." He chose the Platinum Advantage
Package because the three additional hours of consulting "gave
me guidance from a consultant who wouldn't let me procrastinate
or remain indecisive. Also, I didn't want to do a career change
half way; I wanted to fully invest myself in the career planning
process. If I was going to do it, I was going to go all the
way and do it right."
After discussing his assessment results with his consultant,
Mike began his journey by reading about the career recommendations
based on his aptitude profile, then narrowing them down to
a targeted few. "I was glad to see that some of the jobs
and careers I had thought about were on the list. It affirmed
that I was considering some options that were a good fit for
He used his current network to seek out individuals in jobs
he was considering. "You don't realize how many connections
you have until you start to network. But you also have to
be specific in your answer to the question, 'What are you
looking for?' I never knew how many family and friends knew
media planners, event planners, corporate training professionals
and people in the travel industry." Mike contacted professional
organizations and tapped resources at the downtown Chicago
office of alumni career services for his alma mater, the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
After several rounds of informational interviews, Mike decided
to focus on obtaining a corporate training position. He contacted
a former manager at the market research firm who was now in
charge of training, and was hired for a temporary contract
Two months later, Mike was offered a full-time position as
a Corporate Training Manager in the Learning Solutions Group
at his former employer. He does training on proprietary software
for client companies as well as his company's employees.
"I am exceptionally busy, but I'm really enjoying the
work. Things have been going very well - lots of positive
feedback from both my boss and the clients I've trained. I
have been traveling as well, and am preparing for a month-long
trip to India. The great thing is that my company is treating
my situation as if I never left in terms of vacation, 401k,
etc., so it's as if I've been there 12 years in terms of benefits
- which is very nice."
Could he have secured this new position without Career Vision?
"Armed with information about myself and my talents,
I had greater courage to make this choice. I would never have
made this move this quickly on my own; too many second-guesses
and doubts. It never occurred to me that I could return to
my former employer in a totally different role, and that it
would be a job that I could be successful at and enjoy doing
so much. I am sure that my confidence moving into this new
role was evident to my manager as well."
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