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I feel like there's nothing I have done or tried.
In 1998, I graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Public Affairs. The focus of my degree was really environmental science, but Indiana wrapped up a lot of different concentrations into the Public Affairs degree. I guess they realized that if you are going to do anything environmental-related, you better understand how government works.
They were right. Which is why I hated what I did when I graduated. The government wastes a lot of time and money and I didn't enjoy doing either.
My first foray into the business world was in sales. That wasn't my thing either, but it's probably the easiest way to get into business. Companies seem eager to take a chance with young, inexpensive employees eager to prove themselves and see what sticks.
I realized sales wasn't my thing either, but it was good experience.
So back to school I went.
I enrolled at the University of Colorado where I graduated with an MBA in 2006.
While in grad school I took an internship with a staffing agency. I was stuck in recruiting for the next 10 years as I tried to gain hands-on marketing experience any way I could without having to take a severe pay cut. That meant a side hustle before it was called a side hustle.
For the record, I hate the term side hustle.
I was laid off during the economic meltdown in 2009 from what turned out to be probably the worst job I've ever had. It was actually a blessing that I was actually aware of at the time it happened. I don't how many people are ever happy to be laid off, but I was.
It gave me time to start my marketing business, RainierDigital. I was also able to get a part-time gig recruiting for Comcast. This lead to a 40-hour a week contract recruiting role with Cricket Communications. So back to focusing on marketing in the evenings and weekends.
Following my gig at Cricket, I finally landed a contract recruiting role at Microsoft. It only took getting rejected after about five previous interviews and a couple of years of trying to finally land it. I wasn't satisfied with being a contractor there. I wanted a full-time role.
I saw it as my way out of recruiting and a chance to get into a role where I could make a bigger impact. Ultimately, something I would enjoy a lot more.
My wish came true and I received an offer to join the Windows recruiting team as a full-time employee.
However, it wasn't a good fit. Had I landed with another manager I may still be there. But I didn't.
After about a year and a half, we parted ways.
Back to focusing full time on my marketing business. I was finally happy.
It was fun. But I was new at running a business. Made some mistakes. Didn't know how to scale and decided to join one of my long-term clients in-house as their Director of Marketing.
It would prove to be a great move. I'm still there and I've had an opportunity to gain management experience - I manage a team of 7 - and develop leadership skills.
I'm a completely different person than I was just 3 or 4 years ago.
As far as what's next. I don't know. It may be the first time in my career (maybe my life) that I don't have a plan.
I'm just taking life as it comes. Learning as much as I possibly can about marketing, business, and life.
I enjoy sharing what I learn and mentoring. I also really enjoy writing and I'm starting to get the hang of this podcast thing.
I live in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene, ID area with my wife, son and three dogs. Yep, three. They're my office mates since I work from a home office for a company that's in Denver. They're quiet (unless my pug is snoring) and they never talk politics and there's no chance any of them could be Steelers fans, so we get along really well.
For more about me and the other things I'm involved with check out travislscott.com
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