I often think, How did I get here? or Who am I?
My dad is a Buddhist, and those are pretty common questions one is supposed to ask during times of reflection, mindfulness and meditation. Maybe that’s why I ask myself these questions so often. Maybe I’m just a self-centered person. Either way I thought some of you might like to know: How did I get here?
I guess it started with a Facebook ad. One day I was on my computer, minding my own business, when I noticed an ad asking “Do you want to be a dog trainer?”. For days I couldn’t get that idea out of my head, but I thought it must be frivolous. I was getting my MBA at the time, and thought a job hanging out with dogs all day would be like throwing it away.
Flash forward a few weeks, and I still couldn’t get this idea out of my head. I started a conversation with my mother, and I just blurted it out. Oh crap, I just told my mother, someone who has very high hopes for me, I want to be a dog trainer. Her response?
“That sounds like an amazing career. We should call Jamie. I bet she knows how you can get started.”
Insert Jamie Migdal, CEO of FetchFind. At the time she was running an academy for people who want to be dog trainers. I signed up. Turns out, I knew nothing about dogs. Jamie turned my world upside down and made me an awesome dog trainer. I couldn’t get enough of her, and when a job as her assistant opened up, I jumped at the chance.
I was her assistant for a year, an office admin a year after that and Program Coordinator a year after that. A few companies later, and I’m still here, putting my MBA to good use as the Director of Operations at FetchFind. I still get to work with Jamie and the greatest colleagues a girl could ask for, and I get to work with dogs whenever and wherever I want. It’s a great gig, and I didn’t throw away my MBA after all!