I first "met" Soha El Borno online when she was working at Wild Apricot as a Web Copywriter and blogger. She always posted great content and was an excellent resource for social media and nonprofit work.
When I put out a call for your career transition stories, she responded to me quickly by email, telling me she wanted to share hers.
As you'll see, she's like a lot of women who go through career transition when they start trying to juggle a desire to be home with their children with their professional identities. My own foray into self-employment began when motherhood and career aspirations collided and I know a lot of other women who pursue the freelance route to better meet their needs for career and family.
Here's Soha's story:
I hold a bachelor's degree in Marketing and published my first article about a year after I graduated. I started out doing marketing writing -- specifically marketing communications and PR - for a few years. I then moved to a software company, where I did all their copywriting and blogging. I transitioned into freelance writing gradually over the years. During that time, I held my full-time day jobs and took onfreelance assignments on evenings and weekends.
Q. Like happens for many women, your career change was precipitated by starting a family and juggling the demands of family and working. How did that factor into your deciding about what new career direction you wanted to go in? How has that shaped your career identity?
Q. What kinds of emotions have you dealt with in making the transition? How have you dealt with them?
Q. What has been most challenging for you in making the transition?
Q. What has been most rewarding?
Q. What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?
Q. What advice do you have for other people who want to make a transition? What was the most valuable advice you received from someone else.