Back in June 2013, I had written The Deep End of the Pool – Staying Afloat as a Consultant, an article about my venture, into the world of consulting. My consulting journey began on May 17, 2013 and I officially ended it exactly 9 months later, on February 27, 2014 . Even when I had written that article, I was still “wet behind the ears”, as a Consultant.
I often worked 90+ hours a week, seven days a week, for some pretty amazing clients. In some cases juggling multiple clients at a time. Every client had different needs, so I worked varied hours to accommodate, those needs. Which was really no different from some of the jobs I had prior to my role, as a consultant. Except this time around, there were no vacation days, no holidays, no sick days, and I was paying for my own Health Insurance. I also had to ensure that I was “wired”, everywhere I traveled, because at any given moment I could receive an assignment. My clients were both on and offsite. I found them through sourcing sites, recruiters and just pure networking.
Though, I gained a lot of experience, it was not all glitz and glamour. I didn’t get every contract I set out to get. One of the major contracts I did not get was with Audible an Amazon company. I prepared aggressively for the interview and pulled out all the stops. I made it to the second round, but didn’t make the final cut. However, I did find out, that they felt I was a top candidate.
I noticed that during my stint as a consultant, my success rate for not only getting interviews but landing opportunities increased greatly! By the end of my consulting career three of the companies I consulted with had offered to bring me on board permanently. Companies were very interested in how diverse consulting made my background.
For nine months I hustled hard in a way I could never truly explain. I took so many hits and made so many sacrifices. Within less than a year I worked my way up from a Junior Level Quality Assurance Engineer to Associate Director, Quality Assurance. More important than any “title”, I have the responsibility that comes with it, and that is what matters to me the most. The funny thing is I became a consultant to simply diversify my background. I never in a million years thought I would be put in charge of anything.
In the beginning of my journey some called me courageous, some called me stupid, many couldn’t believe that I was taking such a chance “in this economy”, but I knew what I had in me. I find that many people will talk your head off about their dreams, but not many are willing to go the distance. I’m very big on dreaming big, but I’m also big on accomplishing my dreams. Which I’ve often found does come at a cost. However, looking at my results, I’m okay with that.
The Dream is Free, but the Hustle is Sold Separately”. ~ Unknown