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Follow A Crasher

Follow A Crasher, Week 2 Blog: Life After Crash

The question we don’t ask before Crashing an event is, “What am I prepared to do after I Crash?”

Life after Crash

If you imagine doors would open at every turn, I’d say you’re about half-right. The doors are left ajar, but there is no door attendant waiting for you to walk through – that’s up to you. Creating opportunities, sustaining and maintaining the relationships you’ve started takes effort.

My life after Crashing the GAC in 2016 has been filled with excitement and learning, and then testing the boundaries of what I thought I was capable of to the realities of where I’m at in my career. By keeping in contact with my fellow Crashers and Crash mentors, I have been able to stay involved with The Cooperative Trust, Filene, and YP Groups across the nation. I’ve attended meetings with our state representatives to observe and learn about how credit unions work with their local governments. I’ve had opportunities to speak to local high school students about being successful after graduation, and I’ve been involved with speaking to foster youth over the last two years creating workshops to help improve financial literacy and organizational preparedness. Most recently, I earned my MBA – the hardest goal I’ve ever set for myself. All of these events happened after Crashing, but they were not handed to me, and the process is continuous.

The Challenge

As a Crasher, you get a firsthand look into the interworkings of the movement and your new goal is to stay there. This is the biggest challenge I’ve faced after Crashing the GAC. Going back to life after witnessing the excitement, learning, and the changes that take place is hard! After crashing, my career goal did a complete 180. I always thought I would enter into management. I now know that I am more interested in workshop facilitation, speaking opportunities, research, and information than I am in people management. This change in direction has been one of the hardest realizations to make for two reasons. First, I need to be comfortable with starting in a new field and not being an expert. Second, I need practice! I spent my entire college career (undergraduate and graduate school) presenting to classmates and audiences; I have not spent my career presenting to credit union professionals.

Crashing + MBA ≠ Job Offers

What am I Doing Now

Have you ever fulfilled a lifelong dream? It can be exhilarating; the rush that comes reminds me of my morning coffee ritual except there’s a double rainbow and a big plate of bacon and sourdough at the end. How do you keep it going? The answer is simple, you keep moving, learning, and testing. Don’t stop for anything except to reflect on your life and get better, faster, and stronger.

My next adventure will be starting in the next few weeks… I’ll be moving from California to Wisconsin to join the Filene team as an Impact Director. What will your next adventure be?

Crashing + MBA = Opportunities

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  1. Courtney,
    I too have had the challenge of adjusting back to my normal job at my CU after having been exposed to another world. In my case, I studied finance to pursue a career in accounting and now that I have that, I am interested in pursuing a career that challenges me and allows me to work with people and make an impact on others. This change of heart was due to Crashing the War For Talent colloquium earlier this month and I am now breaking my head over staying in my current path or taking a leap of faith onto another path. But where to begin?!
    I hope you enjoy your journey in discovering your career goals and of course, that you enjoy the road there!

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