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From Salesforce to SoFi: My Big Career Change

2017 was a big year for me.

The SoFi Crew in NYC at Refi & Relax

I left Salesforce after 2 years on the strategic events team, joined FinTech company Social Finance (SoFi), as a manager on the community team and got married to my boyfriend of almost four years.

Needless to say, last year was full of changes, challenges and extreme emotions. This was especially true since I was interviewing for roles at both SoFi and Salesforce the 2 months leading up to my wedding and started my new job at SoFi 10 days before saying ‘I Do.’

Making the decision to leave Salesforce was not something I took lightly and was met with skepticism from both friends and family. ‘Why would you leave Salesforce?’ was the most common question, as it’s one of the best companies to work for in the world. The perks and pay are great and their dedication to upholding a workplace that celebrates diversity, equal rights/pay and giving back make it hard to look elsewhere.

But after a while, none of that was enough to keep me there because I wasn’t growing or doing work that I loved. I did learn a ton and got to travel and meet celebrities, CEOs and luminaries, but there was something missing. I knew in my heart that I couldn’t get to the next level in my career if I stuck around just so I could get a free gym membership and lattes everyday. I had to leave in order to grow, so I gave up comfort for a challenge.

My experience at SoFi has been so amazingly positive. Things move really fast and I always feel a little uncomfortable – which is good because I’m never bored. I know it’s cheesy, but I seriously think I’ve found my calling. I get to help nurture and grow our member community and also plan and host VIP experiences around the country for our members. On top of that, I work with super talented and fun people who inspire me to work harder than I ever have before.

But with a new job comes new insecurities. I’ve defiantly had many moments of self-doubt and feeling like an imposture. But during my first week, a fellow employee gave me a great piece of advice. She said, ‘If you don’t know what you’re doing, that’s fine, because no one else does either. So just try new things and be confident in them.’

This simple advice has been my guiding mantra. As a result, I’ve learned how to put myself out there, fail fast and move on. It’s been invigorating and I feel like I’ve grown more in the past 5 months than I did in two years at Salesforce.

Just like a relationship, I don’t think you should stay in something just because you’re comfortable and everyone else approves of it. Sometimes you have to make hard, life-altering changes in order to grow and flourish. And that’s what I did. I listened to myself, no one else, and as a result I am exactly where I want to be, doing work I love.

Are you thinking about making a career change?

4 thoughts to “From Salesforce to SoFi: My Big Career Change”

  1. Right on. Life is way too short to being in a job or doing work that you don’t Love. Good for you to not only recognize this but to do something about it when the opportunity presented itself. Like I’ve always said, “it’s not about how little you can do to get by but how much you can do to make a difference”. Change is a challenge and hardly ever easy but at the end of the day it comes down to doing the right thing for yourself and not nessariily what others expect from you. I am happy that you have found a job you love and allows you to grow at the same time. Don’t I wish that we all could be this fortunate. In answer to the question you pose: I came out of retirement after 43 years on a job that I loved after only 9 months to go back to work doing that same job that I loved. Many can’t figure out why but as you said so well, “I listened to myself”. Way to go and thanks for another inspiring blog.

    1. Thanks for your support and I’m glad you’re able to keep working at your dream job, even in retirement! Thanks for reading.

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