Juggling more than one job at at time would be tiresome for many people, but most people aren’t like REVOLT TV’s, Tiffany Yu. The triple duty journalist, jewelry merchandiser and network business development executive has managed to find time to do all the things she is passionate about (and get paid for them too). A Girl In A Dress caught up the busy business leader as she was prepping for a ConnectorCon event to find out her top tips for blazing a successful non-traditional career path.
The DC native and world traveler had this great advice to share:
So, you’ve done quite a bit of traveling. How did you settle on NYC as the place to launch your career?
Interestingly enough I was born in the D.C. area and then spent a part of my childhood in Barbados and then Taiwan. I ended up going to college at Georgetown (University) in Washington D.C. and studied finance and accounting. I had a junior summer internship at Goldman Sachs in the healthcare group with an investment banking and ended up accepting a full time offer from them. Right after I graduated I moved up to New York and have never looked back.
You’ve been able to successful switch your career field. What inspired you to make that change?
I actually made a couple of changes since my banking days. I spent some time as campus recruiter at Goldman and I really loved doing informational interviews with students who were interested in working in finance. About halfway through my time in recruiting I was having dinner with a couple of old colleagues and we are all talking about our secret dreams. And my secret dream was I really wanted to be a news reporter or anchor. That inspired my leap over to the news side where I became a producer at Bloomberg television. I really loved being in that world and taking those baby steps toward making my dream a reality.
What steps did you take to make that transition?
It’s always about figuring out the best way to craft your story. I was a young woman who studied finance and accounting and then spent a couple of years working in finance and became a recruiter for investment banking. I used that as a way to say, “Hey, I have this experience in the business. Bloomberg Television covers business finance news. I have to learn to production side but I do know the industry because I worked in it.” I was also pretty vocal about wanting to make the change with my network and friends. Interestingly enough someone that is part of a non-profit that I am affiliated with had a connection with Bloomberg. When I told her I was looking to make a transition out from finance into media she offered up her contacts and I was able to have a really frank conversation with her about my dream and why I want to make this move.
You’re a participating in a panel on Transitioning and Personal Brand Building at ConnectorCon on Dec 6. What is that event all about?
ConnectorCon is all about building relationships and distilling down the different aspects of how to maintain them. I’m really excited about being a panelist for ConnectorCon. I love inspiring people and I love being able to share a story with someone and have them to go out and take actionable steps towards fulfilling some kind of goal or dream.
You kind of double or triple duty the entrepreneur. You work full-time at Revolt, do freelance journalism on the side and are a Chloe & Isabel merchandiser as well. What advice do you give someone juggling more than one job at a time?
I think the most important thing is to make sure that you are really excited about everything you are doing. I wake up in the morning and I’ll think about my marketing strategy for Chloe and Isabel, get ready, come in, sit in on meetings here at REVOLT, maybe make some updates on our financial models and then I’ll go home and maybe I’ll think on some idea of a story that I want to pitch. But all of these things are things I’m really excited about. It happens to the activate different areas of my brain at different points of the day. I’m very versatile and I like having a lot of variety in my day.
You have to have a couple of different roles in your career so far. What’s been the best business advice you have received so far?
I think the best advice I’ve received is not to look at your left or right. Try not to compare yourself with other people’s definition of success. Think about what your goals are and what your aspirations are and just keep that focus.
Following your passion doesn’t always mean you have to pick one road to travel. Sometimes doing what you love will allow you to excel in very different and exciting areas. Like Yu said, it is all about taking the baby steps to follow your unique dream.
– à bientôt
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