Happy ending after a major setback

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 January, 2009, 12:00am

Chapman Moore's story is one of triumph that started in 2002, an unforgettable year for him. It was the year he was let go and the year where change began, and he embarked on a journey leading to a new career.

After being let go from Morgan Stanley, where he was a project manager in investment banking's information technology in e-business - because of the economic downturn - he began the long process of figuring out what to do, what his strengths were and how to get into his next career.

'In a way I felt I was lucky to be treated well at that time but I didn't know what to do,' he said.

He took a few months off and was able to do things he had not had the time to do and put life into perspective.

'I went to get my computer fixed and I even got a personal coach at the gym,' he said.

And, after 18 months, he found a similar job but soon realised that it was not quite what he was looking for. It took him three years to change to a new career selling technologies back to banks as opposed to being the buyer.

'I became a seller,' he said. 'The whole period of job hunting instilled in me networking and selling capabilities so I was prepared for this new career.'

But before landing his dream job, the lag in between jobs was a busy time in which he worked to upgrade himself by getting an MBA and qualifying to become a Chartered Financial Analyst, and staying focused and positive.

'I had to alter my CV substantially to promote different parts of myself because I had always worked in the back office, so I had no chance to sell myself,' he said.

'So I got a lot of coaching and practised with a coach, and went out and did interviews even though I didn't like the job. But I had a hunch that it could lead me somewhere.'

Although it was a difficult time he eventually landed the role of business development manager that proved to be a rewarding career. He said that the difficult times were not a bad thing.

'Going through a downturn puts your career and life into perspective,' he said. 'Going through a tough time and coming out stronger means that you can better face the challenges ahead.'

His advice to those who face hard times is to 'keep your hopes up, be ready for the next opportunity and, in order to be ready, you must sharpen your readiness'.