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PATHWAYS: MY PERSONAL JOURNEY IN THE TALENT MOBILITY INDUSTRY

Baptism
by Fire
Timothy Nowak, CRP, GMS-T

When I graduated with my MBA in 2010, the economy was not robust, and more evidence was surfacing that my career was going to need a nontraditional
jump-start. This could mean anything from side
hustles to second jobs during nights and weekends,
trade work, or even entrepreneurship. I researched a
few industries, such as auto mechanics and healing
arts, but I decided real estate was where I should start
the journey. My dreams had always led me toward
entrepreneurship, and I felt real estate could help me
achieve that dream.
I had always loved Colorado, so I moved to
Denver with only the items that could fit in my car,
and I obtained my Colorado real estate license in
the autumn of 2010. Being a brand-new agent in a
challenging economy was more difficult than I had
anticipated, but still I persevered and took on a job
at a restaurant and later a short-term position at a
Denver financial organization.
In the spring of 2011, one of my colleagues from real
estate had reached out to let me know that a wellknown Denver-based relocation management company
was hiring and was especially interested in consultants
with a real estate license and background. A lightbulb
went off in my mind that this would be a great place
to launch my career. As I waited to begin orientation
on my first day, I sat excited about the knowledge that
awaited me on the other side of the building. I did not
know much about mobility, other than people moving
for work and that scene in the 1997 movie Fools Rush In,

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in which Matthew Perry's character is sent from New
York to Las Vegas on a short-term assignment and stays
in temporary living. But with that, I was ready to soak
in as much knowledge as I could.
My colleagues were welcoming and helpful. While
it was a lot to learn, I remember them telling me the
best way to learn in mobility is "baptism by fire,"
an approach in which you hit the ground running,
getting your feet wet and hands dirty at the same
time. They were right, and within weeks I felt right at
home and confident in the role. By the spring of 2012,
I became a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP)®.
The part of mobility that really grabbed me was
that no two days are ever the same. There is always
someone new to meet, and there were new challenges to
overcome. It was exciting to me to walk into work and
wonder what adventure was waiting to be discovered.
I remained with this organization for nearly five years,
as I grew from working with renters and homeowners to
taking on a senior consultant position. In the autumn of
2015, I took a role with a smaller relocation management
company where I could wear many hats and have a
greater impact on the organization. My role consisted of
domestic, international, and government files and later
spread to exciting opportunities encompassing team
leadership and account management. It was during this
time in 2017 that I was presented with the opportunity
to attain my Global Mobility Specialist (GMS)® and, later
on, completing the Strategic Talent Mobility course to
earn my GMS-T®.



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https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility-june-2021
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https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility-april-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility-march-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility-february-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_122020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_112020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_102020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_092020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_082020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_072020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_062020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_052020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_042020
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https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_022020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_012020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_122019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_112019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_102019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_092019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_082019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_072019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_062019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_052019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_042019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_032019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_022019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/WERC/mobility_012019
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