This example describes how Donna used the InstaGENII Method to realize her dream career.

Early years were filled with low-level jobs; primarily Receptionist positions that included ancillary duties such as bookkeeping, bank clerical work, switchboard operation, making travel arrangements for staff, volunteer work, and stock brokerage clerical work. She had only completed two of four years at a major university when she met and married a military man who had plans of eventually becoming an airline pilot. Whee! Free travel! And, travel they did…all over the country. She picked-up jobs at each station but was never in one town–or at one job–long enough to move on up the ladder.

When the marriage ended, she restarted her search for a career that satisfied all her desires: working for an ethical, solid company that offered room to learn and grow into a salaried position–and maybe some travel.

She assessed her background and realized the menial jobs had served a purpose; she understood:

    • How to dress for business
    • How to process a business phone call
    • How to record business transactions
    • How business works
    • How to interact with teammates
    • How to interact with customers
    • How to interact with clients
    • The basics of small business
    • The basics of corporate business
    • The basics of commercial real estate
    • The basics of banking
    • The basics of how the stock market works
    • The basics of volunteering

At the time, she was working for a small stock brokerage firm and soon realized that the Branch Manager preferred to focus his time on his clients’ portfolios instead of handling his management responsibilities. She realized she did not want to do the Manager’s job for her clerical pay.

Donna decided to focus on the elements of her ideal position. She created a brief description of the desired elements and concentrated on reminding herself of her dream job. Daily.

Then opportunity struck!

One Saturday, while she was sitting at a chair in her hairdresser’s salon, with a pile of bleach covering her hair (working on turning her brown hair blonde), in walked some hippy guy with a very expensive 35mm camera hanging on a strap around his neck. [Her hairdresser was taking a photography class with the hippy, and had offered him the opportunity to connect the hippy photographer with a model for a project destined to show his company’s Corporate H.Q. what his division produced, via a slide show.]

The hippy approached Donna and explained his project. Would she like to be a (free) model for his slide show that will display her positioned around the computer equipment? He offered to buy her dinner if she accepted… She was mostly intrigued by visiting a company that manufactured computers, so she agreed. [This was in the very early days of computing, when only large companies had computers.]

Donna met him at the company and he showed her around while explaining what the company did. He took lots of photos of her sitting at a console that sported toggle switches to manually-interact with the program (both to launch and troubleshoot the code); standing next to a 6-foot-tall cabinet with the door open so people could see how large the cabinets were and how many circuit boards they could hold; and simply pointing at various peripheral items like 5MB disk drives (5 platters, 24″ wide!)

After the photo shoot, they met for dinner at a nice restaurant, had dinner, and then we went their separate ways…But wait! There’s more!

About three weeks later, Donna up-and-resigned from the stock brokerage firm, due to the lack of management responsibliity over an ongoing issue that threatened her credibility. She simply walked into the Manager’s office, explained the situation and told him she was quitting. Now.

She wanted to work at a company that was ethical, had a future, offered opportunity for her growth (possibly in computer work) and maybe some travel.

Donna searched the classified section of the local paper for a position that sounded interesting and…behold! The computer company she had recently-visited was looking for a Receptionist! She applied for the job and was hired. The Office Services Manager asked if she knew anyone at the branch. She did. Donna told her about the hippy, and she freaked-out! He was apparently the office lech! She explained how he had approached her and what had transpired, all of which was confirmed with the branch’s Marketing Department Manager. Then the O.S. Manager hired Donna. Truth won out.

The Receptionist portion of the job was only part of the position. Donna was actually in the Office Services Department which covered reception, arranging travel and airline reservations for programmers and marketing folks, staffing the manual telephone switchboard, staffing the in-house technical library, and processing security clearances for employees, as necessary for government contracts.

Donna learned the names and phone extension numbers of most of the 400 branch employees; how to book airline and hotel reservations; how to catalog library books; how to fill out FBI security clearance forms; and how to network with everyone! Donna was part of a work family!

During her tenure at this company, she formed great friendships and made lots of technical connections; traveled a bit; learned to produce stellar, award-winning flowcharts that earned her recognition; learned to program [via after-hours in-house classes taught by the programmers]; learned how to write technical manuals; and how to do technical sales support. And, since the company offered a tuition reimbursement program, she took some computer-oriented courses at a local college.

Donna eventually moved on to other companies as she learned new products–and completed her Bachelor’s Degree. As time passed, she incorporated volunteer activities into her schedule by joining a group of young adults who were involved in fundraising for an upcoming performing arts center in her area; there she made contact with a diverse group of people from all echelons of life. She displayed her technical skill set to members of the group by helping to manage membership activities, and producing and publishing a membership directory.

Donna eventually acquired the confidence to go out on her own, traveling around the country for short-term contracts to develop software for companyies of all sizes. That lasted until retirement.