I saw a couple of my story posts, and thought it would be good to share mine since I come from a very nontraditional background. I saw another post in outline form and liked it, so mine will mimic that.
- I was placed in foster care at three months old. My mother didn't know who my father was so I permanently have a made up name on my birth certificate.
- I stayed with a foster family for 10 years, while having monthly visits with my biological mother and brother.
- Random day in 5th grade, my case-workers paid me a visit to let me know that I would be moving homes after nine years. Apparently living in a trailer with my foster mom and her boyfriend wasn't looked favorably upon by the state.
- Bounced from two more homes over a 5 month period.
- Adopted at the age of 11. All I have is a garbage bag of clothes and a couple star wars action figures to my name.
Fast forward to high school:
- Failed Algebra 2 my senior year (I lacked the fundamental mathematical building blocks early on). Got into third tier state school (I think out of pity)
- Began college as a marketing major. Got a D in accounting (twice). Switch major to Economics so I never had to take an accounting class again.
- Graduate, move to a new city and receive a temp role in a bank making $14 an hour. Reviewed reverse mortgages all day and helped the mail department package letters for delinquent credit card payments to make overtime $.
- Five months later I'm working in mortgage. I make $31,200. It sucks.. Laid off after a year and a half... That sucks more.
- Five months later I'm working in brokerage for another bank. This time I make $44,000. I think I've made it.. Then I realize work sucks.
- A year later I'm working as an Senior Financial Analyst making 60K. I got the job because the manager liked that I was an Eagle Scout. It wasn't real finance work, it was mostly data operations.
- Leveraged the product experience I gained from that role, and received an offer in strategic finance with a F500 bank.
That's the short and sweet version, the lesson I learned is that determination and persistence go a long way of overcoming obstacles that are thrown your way.