VIP Helps Accountant Find Harmony in Life
Testimonial from Gary France on how a career test from VIP Coaching helped him balance life and work by shifting from corporate to consulting.
How did you hear about VIP Coaching? Were you in search of a new job or a new career?
I actually heard about VIP Coaching through a friend of mine. I had not been happy with my previous job. I was a director of finance for a telecommunications company and it was just like every other typical large corporation. We kept downsizing and downsizing, and the people who were left had to take on more and more responsibility. I was miserable. I couldn’t stand to go into the office anymore.
I started thinking this was just not working for me. I needed to find a way to get myself out of this situation. Whether it was a total career change or not, I just needed to get out of there. I was very fortunate that my company came up with a voluntary separation package, which they expected maybe 3000 people to take. Well, 22,000 people took it. It just goes to show you how upset people were in this company. And I happen to be one of those people. It was an incredible opportunity that came at a great moment.
Did you gain value from your experience with a career coach and was it what you expected?
I was leery in the beginning because I thought it was expensive, but it has turned out to be so worth it. I have a friend who actually lost her job from the same company. She and I were facing the same crossroads. She is still in dire straits now while I have moved on with my career. She left the company with no direction or plan whatsoever. When I left I was totally prepared. I had an idea of specific things I wanted to do. That is because of VIP Coaching’s guidance, direction, and help. So it was definitely worth the expense. As well as my time.
What is your life like now?
What I was doing before did not allow for work-life balance. I worked incredible hours. January through March I never had a day off— ever. I worked everyday even Saturdays and Sundays. It was horrible. When I made the decision to leave, I decided I’d never go back to that kind of out-of-balance life.
When I began working with VIP Coaching, we started looking at what I really wanted to do. We looked at so many different career paths— even opening a gourmet cheese store at one point!
I have learned so much about myself and have now transitioned in to running my own consulting company. It’s in the finance and accounting area but it is project work on my own terms. What we found is that I prefer doing this type of work. I don’t want to do the mundane operations of everyday corporate finance anymore.
I now have incredible flexibility. The client that I’m currently working with has asked me to only bill them for eight hours a day, if not less. It is perfect! And what a career coach helped me realize is that I didn’t need to make all that money that I was making before. In fact, controlling my time was more important to me. She focused me on my essential expenses, and I put a budget together that is extremely comfortable for me to live on and do all the things I like to do.
All this discovery led me to my consulting. Now I have a great attitude and I don’t have to work eight hours a day. I have it set up so that I can work eight months and be off for four months.
I really wanted a more flexible schedule because I used to play instruments when I was a kid in high school and college, and I had stopped. Working with VIP Coaching, I came to realize how much I really missed it. I love classical music and I always wanted to play the French horn. I am now playing with an amateur musical group in the Philadelphia area and it’s wonderful. Now I have the time to practice, rehearse and play in concerts.
I didn’t make a huge career change as far as consulting. I’m still doing accounting, I’m still doing finance – but I’m doing more of the end of it that I enjoy. And I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything because I’m able to do my other outside activities. You have to make money. Absolutely. The profession that I’m in and doing consulting, you can make a decent living and not work all the time. That is what’s so great about it.
To learn more about Gary France’s story or for a free 30-minute consultation with VIP Coaching, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-439-4280.