My Own Struggle And Story Transitioning Into A Career of My Dreams
A little over a year ago, I was in a really bad spot. I was working part time as a Career Transition Consultant and working on growing my own business , but I could no longer afford to maintain my rent payments. For the first time in my life, I didn't have a home to live in. I spent the majority of the following six months couch surfing and sleeping in my car in Los Angeles.
Though it was an INCREDIBLY painful and humbling experience for me, I had made a decision that I could no longer do something that I was not passionate about in my career. I was willing to work a menial job full time to put a roof over my head, but the doors kept closing for anything and everything that was available.
I came to a place of intense desperation and exhaustion. At that point, I had to believe that either The Universe was for me, or against me. There had to be a bigger purpose behind all of this. I was aware that for 3 years I had felt a tug to move out of Los Angeles. I kept putting off the idea, but at this moment it felt very necessary to finally act on it.
I was terrified at the idea of moving out of state for the first time in my life, but I didn't see any better options. As things came to a point, I decided I would do whatever it took to follow my heart. Even though I was unbelievably scared, something inside me knew it was time to leave Los Angeles. Within 24 hours, I sold my car for $2,400, some belongings I no longer needed, and rented a car. I drove 18 hours up to Oregon- a place where I had no job, no friends, and no family. I only knew a mutual connection from someone I had gone to Grad School with, but had never met in person.
The path for me hasn't been easy, and much different than I would have ever imagined. In that time though I have experienced a type of freedom and resilience I never knew before.
That rough and scary period of sleeping in my car, showering at a local gym, with nowhere safe to go - I did my best to hold onto a dream, passion, and vision. A vision of using my own gifts as a coach, writer, and teacher to help others discover and fulfill their own career dreams. A little over one year later and for the first time in my life , I am now able to afford my own place in a beautiful section of Eugene, drive a new car, and work for myself as a career coach full time..... just as I had always wanted.
Since enrolling in graduate school in 2009, Scott Engler had spent an astonishing amount of time in the pursuit of work in his specific field resulting in minimal success. Over time, he began to feel an extreme amount of frustration due to a lack of success in his own job searching experience, Scott continued to hear more stories from friends, family, and acquaintances that also were experiencing similar feelings of shame, anger, and lowered self-worth resulting from continued rejection from employers, and an inability to adequately provide for oneself. The compounded stress of graduate school debt coupled with the intense difficulty to be able to find sufficient work based on his qualifications felt debilitating at times. Scott gradually discovered that he wasn’t alone, and he wanted to make a difference to help people in this particular struggle.
The decision to write his first publication “The Job Inner-View” came to him as sort of an epiphany one morning in late 2012, as he wanted to write about all the different successful and creative methods he used to find work in hopes that it could help encourage and inspire millions of other people adjust to the “contemporary changes in job searching” he had abruptly discovered for himself over the period of job searching for several years. Throughout the course of writing his book, he was able to interview various well known and highly experienced employers; gaining both insight and feedback on how one should go about finding work in today’s economy, as well as recurring similarities in success stories from employees he interviewed who found work.
Formally a Career Transition Consultant for the world’s largest global talent mobility firm Lee Hecht Harrison, Scott Engler now runs his own online coaching company specializing in helping LinkedIn users learn how to optimize their professional profile for Career Transition and Personal Branding. To further connect with or work with Scott, message him here on beBee, find him on LinkedIn, or email him at BuildingYourOwnBrand@gmail.com