I have been running my own business for just under a year now and I can't believe how quickly the time has flown.
Over the past 12 months I have had the privilege of working with some fantastic individuals whether it's been from a personal career development perspective or helping their own business grow.
Whilst I know that blog postings are not meant to be overly self promotional, I just wanted to share one of my most recent success stories as it's one that I am especially proud of.
I first met Aria a few months ago following one of my university graduate seminars and I was immediately impressed by her ambition, determination and personal motivation to succeed.
Aria had arrived in Australia with her family from South America 10 years ago, had worked casual jobs right throughout high school (with English being her second language), got into (and successfully completed) a Business Degree at the University of Western Sydney, and in September will be graduating with a Masters in Professional Accounting. Throughout her years at university she has also been working part-time as an Executive Assistant in a local small business.
She had a tough time last year when she'd initially started applying for graduate positions. Actually "tough time" would be an understatement as she'd been rejected from every single company she'd applied to.
I knew exactly how to turn the situation around but more importantly I also knew that Aria was willing to do whatever was required. I could see it in her eyes that this year nothing was going to stop her getting her dream job with one of the "Big Four".
But there was a lot of work to do. We both knew she couldn't just rely on her Masters degree.
We did it!
Actually I stand corrected. SHE did it and this week I received an e-mail from Aria which I will certainly not be deleting ...
"Hi Paul ...
I have been meaning to write you a big THANK YOU e-mail for the last few days. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you, and thanks to you I have been able to secure my dream position at Ernst & Young. Despite my disheartening graduate recruitment process last year, you have been so supportive and understanding (always responding to all my e-mails ... yes even the desperate ones!).
You not only helped me identify my core competencies, but you made me confident in believing that I was just as good or an even better candidate than many other graduates who have done extraordinary things. I also became confident thanks to you in showing my uniqueness in interviews and that's what really set me apart.
It definitely wasn't easy getting the big job. It's funny how people always see the end result but I just wish they could see the journey that got me there ... all the ugly bits they never got to see. But you saw it all ... and I think because you know exactly what I went through, you will be the proudest of all.
I want others to know that you get what you want through persistence and tenacity. But I also want them to know that it's tough out there. It's no longer just your HD's, your Masters, or the school or university you went to that gets you a job.
Thank you for everything ... please keep in touch :)"
Aria ... you know how proud I am of you!
You deserve everything you have achieved. Of course we'll keep in touch!
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