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Instant Teams Success Stories: Meet Alicia

Instant Teams Success Stories: Meet Alicia

Did you know “work from home” queries in Google increased 309% from 2019 to March 2020 in the United States alone (source: Remoters.net)? The pandemic is changing the future of work. People want to work remotely now more than ever.

Alicia wanted that career freedom, too. So she “Google searched” her heart out looking for viable opportunities and connected with Instant Teams to enter into the world of remote work.

A Snapshot of Alicia

According to The Washington Post, “In wrenching interviews, nurses, doctors, technicians — and even administrative staff and dental hygienists who haven’t directly treated COVID-19 patients — explained the impulse to quit and the emotional wreckage the pandemic has left in their lives.”

As a dental hygienist for nearly seven years, Alicia felt those same impulses to walk away from a position she loved. At the time, she and her husband had two children, with their third on the way. While juggling virtual schooling, anticipating more time apart from her service member due to his rapid deployments, and working 50 hours a week herself with an hour commute each day, Alicia started to feel the weight of the world on her shoulders.

So, she began exploring other options. After searching long and hard on the Internet, she stumbled upon Instant Teams, and she’s grateful she did. While a career shift at any point in time can prove to be stressful, in the midst of a pandemic, she found remote work success. Alicia landed a position as a Call Agent and worked her way up in just a matter of a few months to her current role as Team Lead.

Rebuilding a Career from the Ground Up

In the past year, we’ve all faced challenging scenarios as the result of COVID-19. While the uncertainty of everything has inevitably initiated a fair share of anxiety, military spouses like Alicia have been primed to manage any level of chaos that’s thrown their way and take matters into their own hands.

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That’s exactly what Alicia did for her career. While she spent years climbing the ladder towards success in a position she valued and enjoyed, she recognized it was no longer serving her well, especially given how pandemic life was affecting her own well-being and her family’s.

It was time to make a change, taking control of her path forward. Was she worried about how it would pan out? Absolutely. After all, she was familiar with the territory of working in a dental office, she acquired a unique set of skills and experience in a traditional office environment, and she was earning a secure salary to contribute to her family’s finances. But taking control of her career was essential, not just for the short term but also the long term.

“I was worried my solely dental field experience wouldn’t translate to remote work. I didn’t think it was possible. Don’t let that [your unique experience] discourage you from applying. Be willing to start from square one and work your way up. It [Instant Teams] has been such a blessing. It’s made my life easier all the way around.” 

Alicia’s open-mindedness, confidence in the skills she did possess (both personal and professional), and willingness to learn allowed her to successfully grow and advance in the remote work world after navigating a massive career shift. She’s proof that if you feel your career isn’t working for your life, it’s 100% possible to dig deep and find the courage within to seek an opportunity that aligns with your goals. You just have to be willing to put in the work to get to where you want to be.

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