My name Lynnette, I’m 32 and you won’t find more Canadian then me. I’m born in Fort McMurray in the north of Alberta, raise on the north shore of Montreal in Quebec and I currently define myself as a “Franco-Colombienne” and that for the past 7 years in the lower mainland of the beautiful British Columbia. I studied in biotechnology in 2002 for 3 years at CEGEP Ahuntsic in what I call the Canadian “métropole” if you do understand that statement and disagree over Toronto well we could have a lot of fun you and me discussing ,arguing that matter. I don’t believe my way is always the right way, but one thing is sure, I love to be challenged in debate specially to defend my city even if it’s not the one I call home anymore. So yes, biotechnology but I just couldn’t stay in lab all-day wearing white, between 4 white wall alone under that bad neon lighting. What was I thinking? I’m a social person, I need to interact with people, that’s what feed me. Was an interesting subject to learn but wasn’t a fit for me. If you are a lab rat, I really do admire your work, it’s difficult and take a lot of precision, dexterity and a passion for spreadsheet.
I early on recycle myself in business to business sales and that for the past 11 years, I have been successful at it. At the age of 20 I was managing 5 Home Depot representing 30 different company in 5 different department. Eight months later I got recruited for a great position as sales territory manager for a big roofing and waterproofing membrane company. I triple the sales on my territory in 3 year and got promoted to a position in BC in 2009. I was looking for a challenge, I was 25 years old, single, no mortgage, no kids, I’m a snowboarder and a golfer, plus with the 2010 Olympic that was coming it was a no brainer. I thought I was a lifer there. I loved my job, I was travelling all across BC probably seen more of BC then most people from BC, 60% of my time I was educating roofers, construction workers, architects, lumber yards staff member, corporate chain buyers and sometime hand users. At that point I couldn’t visualize myself doing anything else to earn a living.
Then in 2011 the best thing that could append in my life, did append. I suddenly had a REAL PURPOSE, I became the mom of that gorgeous and smart little girl. Travelling was just not option anymore. I started to sale accounting software in call center environment and did that for 2 years. Great product, awesome company and the extraordinary people but I was miserable. I was performing 110% over target moths after months but I hated my job. Mondays was just so hard and I couldn’t motivate myself anymore. So before I fell in a depression, I quit. I end up in a local newspaper selling print and digital advertising, I was so proud, my first real English job. In the roofing, the head office was in France and QC so I was always talking in French with management, in the software business I was employed mostly for my bilingual skills 50% of my customer was located in QC. I never been as comfortable in English then in mother thong. The best way to describe the feeling is that I feel like my IQ is 20 points lower in English but after 7 years of day to day struggles and self-improvement, I could see the light. I did great as an “integrate media consultant” the best part was the ad designs, I got to be creative and the digital advertising world is really interesting. I work there for 9 months and sold over $ 285,000. Then I became a project manager and sold designs and furniture to hotels owners, once again I perform well ¾ of a million in sales 8 months but I didn’t like it. I wasn’t alone in that situation: Gallup survey show that 71% of workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their work. Gallo, C. (2011, November 11). 70% Of Your Employees Hate Their Jobs. Retrieved November 30, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/
I did what I had to do, I drop everything and started to look on the job market what could be a better fit for me, started to think about my preference, like, dislike, passions etc.…Then one day accidently I saw a job post for a corporate sales trainer. I was so excited, I was ready to go work like at that moment, was so obvious. All that time I always been the one sharing information and helping coworkers. Looking for tools to make our job easier. Building templates, support materials and I was the go to persons for any type of questions. If I didn’t know the answer and that was often the case I would find it.
It always been easy for me to present complex information in simple terms and make it accessible. In the process of making this big career change I did a lot of personality test to ensure my career path was the right one this time. Here is what I found, my top 4 work values are: Creativity, Intellectual Stimulation, Altruism and Variety. My top 5 attributes are: Caring, Positive, Reliable and Clear Thinker. My top 5 skills are: Selling, Speaking, Teaching, Motivating and Meeting the public. Plus, accordantly to the Holland Code I’m Enterprising (Persuaders), Social (Helpers), Artistic (Creator) (ESA) and accordantly to Myers Briggs I’m ENFJ “The Protagonist”. For all those reason, I’m sure I will be a great in the field of adult continuing education as a learning and development specialist.
To conclude, I invite you follow me in my exciting journey of discovery and skills refinement in this big wold of adult education.