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Employee Spotlight - Who or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?

Creating the career of your dreams can be inspired by many influences – natural talent or abilities, family legacy or career day, even a word of advice from someone you admire. Our experiences continuously impact our path, changing the trajectory and perspective placing us right where we should be.

Our team was asked to answer this question: Who or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?

Check out what they had to say:

Sarah:

My parents - they inspired the perfect balance of kindness and creativity in everything that I've done.

Jeff:

I had a speaker come to my class for career day when I was in the 10th grade. It was the first time I saw another brother who was young (he was in his mid-20s), from the same neighborhood, and was cool and smart at the same time. He talked about how he did marketing. My takeaway from the conversation was he studied people and figured out how to motivate them to do something. It was inspiring. I did some digging on marketing and haven’t looked back since.

Dawn:

Art in so many forms has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Asking for watercolor paint sets, charcoal pencils and sketch pads and even turning my record player into a pottery wheel was a regular occurrence!

I was also fascinated with commercials - recording them on our VHS player to watch them over and over so I could mimic them line by line, action by action. But it wasn’t until junior high that I discovered all the things I loved to do was a career choice. Working on the yearbook, computer coding class and special art projects sealed the deal for me.

Sophia:

My old boss, Mark Hurley, gave me an insider view of building a company from the ground up and the rewards of doing it well. When we sold that company, I started ABI.

Fiorella:

While I worked at a testing facility, I was offered the opportunity to be a project coordinator. I had a team of engineers and project managers who relied on me to make sure their work and advances were communicated to the client. That is when I realized I really liked being part of a process, from beginning to end.

I enjoy following up and staying in touch with clients and making sure everything goes as planned. I am a very outgoing person, people tell me I have the personality to be a Project Manager.

QaVonte:

I got inspired to pursue this career back in high school. I took a sports advertising class, and I had a great time, and I caught on quickly. My teacher had spent time in the business and she encouraged me to pursue this field so she had me take the 2nd level advertising class.

Satish:

My brother-in-law inspired me to pursue graphic designing because I had a natural ability of drawing.

Marchella:

I was inspired to pursue marketing and event planning through my college experience with my sorority. I found out I had a passion for both when I was assigned to those two committees by my chapter while I was in school.

Sonia:

I’ve always enjoyed writing and the art of storytelling. Naturally, I was drawn to connecting with people through the written word by distilling information in a way that grabs the reader's attention, keeps it, while also providing the insight and details they need to make well-informed decisions.

Inspiration can come in different forms, and finding career happiness is something that everyone searches for. Career satisfaction ranges all across the board, depending on who you ask. Some research states that 85% of people surveyed are happy with their career. While another research study says that 85% of people are not happy with their career.

There’s so much to unpack from both articles. Ultimately, they’re both right.


The main takeaway is that you have to find purpose and meaning in the career you’re jumping into. When you can uncover that, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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