By: Angela Raab
In 2014, with no degree in adult education and no experience in a corporate training environment, I landed my dream career: Director of Agent Development and Technology Advancement for the F.C. Tucker Company. I fully attribute landing my dream job to my leadership experience with the JLI.
I was a reluctant JLI leader. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to serve, it was that I didn’t think I was ready. It took somebody personally reaching out to me. She told me that I was the next woman up and that I was ready. That’s when I took the JLI leadership plunge.
The decision to serve as a leader in the JLI literally changed the entire trajectory of my career. I have been a real estate agent with the F.C. Tucker Company since 2008. While I loved helping people make one of the largest financial decisions of their lives, I missed teaching. I missed the opportunity to help others succeed. I looked at the JLI leadership opportunities and I found a placement that filled that longing for me: Vice President of Training. During my tenure, I learned so much about adult learning, servant leadership and strategic planning. I loved every minute of it.
In the meantime, I found myself volunteering to lead training sessions at F.C. Tucker, using the skills I had learned in the JLI. I felt like I had found my calling. In 2014, the training director at F.C. Tucker announced her retirement. I threw my hat in the ring.
During the interview phase, I decided to look at the structure of the JLI strategic plan and translate that into a strategic plan for the F.C. Tucker Agent Development Center. To this day, I believe the strategic plan I presented, combined with the passion I had developed for servant leadership while with the JLI, is what ultimately won me the job.
At our heart, we are a training organization. Our leadership opportunities are training opportunities. If you are willing to be trained, you are ready for JLI leadership. Don’t wait for somebody to reach out to you. You are the next woman up and you are ready to #MakeItMatter!