So I’ve officially been offered the position of a financial advisor with Edward Jones. My excitement is palpable. My first day on the books won’t be until October 24th and I won’t be selling until February so I’ve still got a little time to work as hard as I can at Comcast and build up some of my own funds. The rate of pay until I can actually start getting some accounts will be just the base pay and that’s going to be a pretty tight strain on my own finances until I can start building my practice.
I considered driving for UBER on the weekends during that time to earn some extra money. I’ve never done it before but at this point I still consider myself well informed on how it works. If you want to be successful with UBER you need to be in the city on Friday and Saturday night from about 8pm to 3pm. That sounds terrible. A woman I used to work with at Starbucks is close friends with a manager of Round Table Pizza so I expect I can get a job delivering pizzas a few times a week and be almost as successful earning tips doing that. Not only that, I don’t have to get a new car to pull it off.
The other exciting twist in this story is the 180 degree turn in my Comcast experience overall. If I had been given the training in the first four weeks that I got in week twelve I may have never applied with Edward Jones. When I met a current financial advisor with the company and started picking his brain for information about what it’s like to work with EJ I had lost most of my confidence in my current positions ability to produce. I was trained alongside another department with a different role. We got the exact same training and then we were sent out to face different realities with different quotas and I just never felt like I was shown how to succeed in my role. The only other guy in my office in my position didn’t give me any confidence either. Finally my manager arraigned for me to shadow a guy 95 minutes away in the Auburn office who is making as many sales every day as I would make in a week.
This is going to be a great opportunity for me to work hard and succeed so I can pad my wallet for October when my family and I will be on a tight budget, and I’m so thankful! The only thing I don’t like about waiting two months to get started with EJ is that my managers are going to be so disappointed when I go. They’ve put a lot of work into making sure I succeed and I don’t want to let them down. I also know how it feels to be a manager so I know that I would want to know if someone on my team was leaving soon, but I don’t know what the consequences of revealing that to my managers would be and there’s really no incentive to let that cat out of the bag. You can’t put that cat back.