My road in life has taken me all over.
In high school, I thought I wanted to be a pastor.
In college, I thought I wanted to be a medical missionary.
After spending a month with a medical missionary in Haiti, I knew it wasn't for me.
Thought I'd like to become a counseling psychologist.
Decided I would rather do medicine instead of psychology, but not as a missionary.
After 2 years pre-med and 2 years medical school had to drop out to deal with family problems.
Worked as a financial advisor while going to grad school for business then accounting / info systems.
In late 30's, began career working in financial systems.
Keep following my journey


Senior Business Systems Analyst

I help finance and accounting people with the software systems they need to do their job.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

I spend about half my day in meetings and half my day working by myself. My meetings are either with finance / accounting people to understand their needs and concerns or with IT people to make sure they understand what the finance / accounting people need, or to get updates on their progress. My time spent alone is usually a combination of documentation (writing requirements for IT to develop), studying about different technology options, and sending / receiving emails.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

First, look on LinkedIn to find a couple people close by doing the work you're interested in and ask to shadow them for half a day. See what it's like first-hand. If you're still interested, look at the educational requirements to do that work and come up with a plan to get there. Identify a couple mentors (perhaps the people you shadowed) to meet with occasionally and help guide you along the way.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You have an undergraduate degree from a Bible college. Why do you want to work in corporate finance / IT now?"

Challenges I Overcame