Raven Shelton wanted a change. After being stuck and stagnant professionally, she became a member of Rung and began to thrive. Raven has changed careers and is earning more money doing something that brings her both purpose and fulfillment while being able to provide for her family. With increased motivation and salary, Raven feels that she can accomplish anything that she puts her mind to. Read about her Rung journey below.
How did you first learn about Rung for Women?
I was speaking with a close friend about feeling stuck in life and not knowing where to turn. She mentioned a center for women in her neighborhood and how it could be a possible resource. I had no idea what Rung was but I connected with the mission and took the leap of faith to apply.
Why did you want to become a Rung member?
I became a Rung member to elevate my personal experience, to connect with other women in similar shoes/situations, and to holistically approach various areas of my life I felt were lacking, specifically: financial development, health & wellness, career, and life guidance (coaching). Since I have been at Rung I’ve learned that they were intentional about creating this space. It is something our community needs.
What did you find most rewarding about your Rung member experience?
I find everything rewarding at Rung. It is very hard to choose. I learned skills for tough workplace conversations during Professional Power Skills. When I decided to change careers, Rung was there to be a grounding place. I could work out, rent a laptop and search for opportunities, attend sessions, and meet with my coach. It helped me stay connected with my goals and reframe my mindset on where my career could go. I find the push for self-assessment and the opportunity for personal growth the most rewarding.
How has Rung helped you with your career goals?
Rung helped me a lot! Working through Rung’s version of S.M.A.R.T goals helped me figure out what I wanted to work on this season. Doing (a particular) assessment helped me understand how I show up in professional settings and the environment I would be most successful. It made me question my environment and gave me the motivation to look for other opportunities.
What career were you in before you became a Rung member? How has your life changed?
I was working in Higher Education as an administrator. I did not feel a connection with my career and often felt stuck because education is what I have my Master’s Degree in. At Rung, I was able to explore other careers. I have already increased my motivation and my salary, and I see a future in my career field. There are so many transferable skills between education and training and development. I couldn’t believe I ever felt “stuck”. My coaches really help build this confidence in me and I appreciate their assistance.
Are you making more money now than you were previously?
Yes, I am. When I started at Rung I was making upwards of $40,000s. I am now in the upper $60,000s. As a single mother, providing means a lot to me and I am grateful to Rung for helping me reach my goal.
What would you say to a woman who wants to join Rung as a member?
Just do it! During our introduction to Rung, we were asked what brought us to Rung. I remember saying I was wearing so many hats that I lost my motivation for ME and my goals. I was told, “This is a space for YOU to really focus on YOU.” At Rung, the only hat you wear is your own and in return, you come through better. You also get to bond with other women from all walks of life who all want the same thing, to be successful and secure in themself. I don’t know of any space quite like it. Again, just do it!
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself as a Director of Training and Development or any role where my career is being elevated. I see myself owning a home. I see myself exploring new hobbies, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and growing. If you asked me this question before Rung I would get choked. I really did not know and honestly, I was a little scared. I’m grateful for this experience. I can look into my future with hope but also presently know I have the skills to work towards any goal I want to achieve.
You can learn more about Rung’s career pathways and our upcoming cohort HERE.