So you’re miserable at work, you feel like there’s something better out there for you, but you’re not sure you can make the leap. Well, this week we’re interviewing Vickie Gesellschap, who did exactly that and is now thriving.

Earlier in the summer here at Belle Curve, we decided to do a couple of interviews with women about their work.  We spoke to Javacia Harris-Bowser who turned her side hustle into her full-time work.   

We at Belle Curve think a lot of women go through this.  I currently work for a company that wins national awards for the treatment of employees, but I didn’t go to work for my current company until I was 40 years old.  While I had good bosses in the military and in my firms before this, I had various points along the way when I just knew I had to make a change.  I suspect you have too or will someday soon.  So, listen closely because today you will get some good insight for handling it.  If you don’t need this info today, you will probably need it someday, and you probably have a friend that needs it right now.   

*Just a little housekeeping before we get started, we are still a pretty new podcast.  We have had the opportunity to advertise, but we have chosen not to just yet.  We want to make sure we have our show in a groove before we take on a sponsor or an advertiser, and when we do we commit to you that you will KNOW when we are advertising.  Our guest today does work for a wonderful Real Estate Agency, and she may mention their name in the course of today’s interview, but we have no advertising arrangement with her or her company. 

We are bringing you Vickie today because we want you to take control of your situation and get on a professional track that does meet your needs and goals.  Vickie did that, and we think her story will give you insight and confidence that you can do the same.   

Discussion Points

Quiz:  •According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about how many jobs will the average millennial have in his or her lifetime

  • a. 3-5
  • b. 5- 7 
  • c. 12- 15 

Recent data from MetLife found that only about two in three Generation Xers say they’re happy at work, compared to 75% of millennials and 74% of boomers. And a survey from recruitment firm Robert Half found that while just 8% of millennials said they were unhappy at work, 16% of Gen Xers did. They’re also more likely than millennials to be “actively disengaged” with their jobs, according to Gallup.  

2016 article — Changing jobs every couple of years used to look bad on a resume. It told recruiters you can’t hold down a job, can’t get along with colleagues, or that you’re simply disloyal and can’t commit. That stigma is fast becoming antiquated—especially as millennials rise in the workplace with expectations to continuously learn, develop, and advance in their careers. This sentiment is different than the belief of past generations that you cling to an employer over a lifetime in the hopes that your long-term employer will treat you fairly in the end with a matching 401(k) plan, among other benefits. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age forty, and this number is projected to grow. Forrester Research predicts that today’s youngest workers will hold twelve to fifteen jobs in their lifetime. 


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