Wednesday, February 7, 2007

My New Career

As you may know, I have started a new journey in my life. I am now an Investment Broker with Edward Jones. They're a great company to work for, they offer you all of the support in the world, which is good because most of us new Brokers are scared out of our minds.

The basic outline of the new job is as follows:
3 Months of Studying for your various Securities Licenses
1 Week of Head Office Training
3 Weeks of Prospecting (Door Knocking)
3 Weeks of In-Branch Training and more Prospecting
2 Weeks of Prospecting (First and Second Contacts)
1 Week of Head Office Training
17 Weeks of Field Experience (You are actually Licensed at this point)
1 Week of Head Office Training
1 Lifetime of Work

I am currently in the 4th week of my 17 week Field Experience. Basically I am now a Small Business Owner trying to make it all work. I have to try to balance my Door Knocking, Phone Calls, Appointments and basically every other thing that may come up during the day. If all of this doesn't seem too bad to handle, I can send you the card of our recruiter. I have had to will myself out of bed every morning for the last 2 months trying to convince myself that 'everything will be alright'. I've had to go through bouts of anxiety that I never knew how to handle. The worst is when you finally do convince yourself that 'everything will be alright', someone you either phone or knock on their door tell you to (figuratively of course) 'go die alone in a dark corner'. There is nothing scarier to me than the unknown, and right now, not very much is known to me. I've had some modest success thus far, but the well is running dry. Still, to this point, I've had more cancellations than actual appointments, but I guess I have no other choice than to keep going. The last thing that I would want, is for me to look back and find out that I was 'only 3 feet away from the gold'. So, until either the anxiety completely takes me over, or I get that Million Dollar cheque, I'll have to keep plugging away.


patsyrose said...

Nothing is ever gained by giving up. Something I've learned in my life is that those who persevere usually reach their goal. Set your goals high but be content if you fall a bit short...just don't ever give up!

Kim said...

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you are where you were born to be. You will succeed. First you have to believe.

Sarah said...

Congratulations on the wedding...and the new job...hope all is well with you...if you ever want to meet up for a drink or cup of coffee sometime let me know...