Career Changer Spotlight: Stefania Genesis
Sometimes, in order to fulfil your potential, you have to try something new, change your path, change your industry, unlearn what you know and be open to learning a new way. That's what career changers do. You can do it too.
We're bringing you stories of individuals who changed careers, they found their why and made the transition. Will you?
👋 Meet Stefania and find out about her transition financial services to becoming a sports lawyer.
Before you changed careers, what were you doing?
Before I changed careers. I was working for Bloomberg, which is a financial software and media platform. I actually did the graduate path.
I started in global customer support. Then I moved to analytics where I was answering questions over instant messaging, before ending up in sales. And when I was in sales, I was an account manager covering international banks in London and Dubai.
Why did you decide that you needed to move away from that career path?
I decided to move away from what I was doing because, to be honest, I just was not passionate about finance.
I wanted to do something that, really engaged me. I had always wanted to be a lawyer but had been kind of led by opportunity. So that's how I ended up working at Bloomberg. I knew that I had to go back to what I was really interested in.
And what career are you now in? Drum roll please…
The career that I'm in now is working as a sports lawyer. I trained at a large London law firm and became a specialist sports litigator. I'm now the co-founder and the director at a sports consultancy and legal concierge called Lavita sport.
What excites you the most about what you do now?
While I'm obviously not saving lives, I feel like I make a difference to my clients. I help them navigate difficult situations. and it gives me a sense of purpose.
If you could have used CareerEar when you were changing career, what question would you have asked on the platform?
I would have asked about more logistical considerations. What do I need to think about when I'm drafting a training contract application? Because it really is an art form.
Tell us your top tip for any potential career changer
Don't be scared about starting from scratch or taking a step back to get to where you want to go. It's all part of the journey.
And you've got to think that your career is long. So it doesn't matter if you have to spend a couple of years retraining, just go for it. You won't regret it.