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How Losing My Dream Job Skyrocketed My Career: Alexandra Gater (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Alexandra Gater’s talk titled “How Losing My Dream Job Skyrocketed My Career” at TEDxCentennialCollegeToronto conference.

Alexandra Gater’s TEDx talk, “How Losing My Dream Job Skyrocketed My Career,” is a compelling narrative about resilience and the unexpected paths to success. She begins by sharing the disheartening experience of being let go from a coveted position at a leading magazine, a moment that initially left her feeling lost and uncertain about her future.

Despite the initial setback, Gater discusses how this event became the catalyst for her to redefine her career on her own terms. She emphasizes the importance of trust in oneself and the courage to pursue a passion, even in the face of adversity. Alexandra’s journey led her to start her own YouTube channel focused on home decor for millennials, which quickly turned into a thriving business.

Her story is a testament to the idea that sometimes, losing what we thought was our dream job can open the door to even greater opportunities. Gater’s talk is not just about her personal success, but a broader message of hope and inspiration for anyone facing career uncertainty.

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TRANSCRIPT:

The Unexpected Meeting

Two years ago, I found myself wearing cut-off denim shorts to a business meeting that was about to change my life. I remember this vividly because although I was supposed to be running around planning a photo shoot for the magazine I was working for, I was called into a mandatory meeting with the head of publishing. “Mandatory” was written in all caps on the email invite with no other details.

As I was in a cab crossing the city to get to work on time, all I could think about was that I was going to be sitting in a room filled with very important people wearing denim shorts. I was 26 and had a job most people build their careers up to. In three years, I had graduated with a journalism degree, was hired full-time at one of Canada’s most iconic women’s magazines before I graduated, and worked my way up to the home editor position, meaning I was in charge of the entire home decor section of the magazine.

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