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My Transformation From Engineer to Coach

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

My name is Perry, and this is the story of one of the most significant changes I have made in my life and career.

I began my computer career in 1992 in one of the leading computers division in the Israel Defense Force. As a matter of fact, my passion for computers began even earlier, when my parents bought me my first #Commodore64 computer. I was only 13 years old, and I still can remember my first Basic program, which printed my name endlessly all over the screen, and the International Soccer game, that I spent so many hours playing. That computer was truly my best friend.

Since then I worked as a #Software #Engineer in the #Configuration Management (CM) field for leading companies such as #Amdocs, #Mercury, and #ECI, always doing the same thing. Even when I switched teams, managers, and companies, I still did the same thing for more than 20 years. What kept me "alive" was my conscious decision to use my free time and learn new things every year. Photography, Radio, Art, and more!

It was while I was working for #f5networks, that I made a decision to learn #Life #Coaching in one of the best schools in Israel. When I graduated, I realized that coaching can help my co-workers, my managers, and my company. The culture in #F5 made me feel safe, and brave to try and do different things, and so my #transformation journey to become a #Coach has begun.

I started to coach my co-workers on different occasions and opportunities, I created workshops and lectures about various Coaching topics, and I built with my own bare hands a yearly #leadership #coaching program called #iLead, which was very successful. The feedbacks I got for my coaching efforts were great! I could see the sparkle lit in the eyes of each and every one of my coachees, and I was self-fulfilled.

The time came and I was called to make a choice - whether to keep my position as software engineer or to try to look for a coaching role. There was no hesitation in my mind when I decided to try and find a coaching position in my company. Yes, I was afraid, but I did not let that fear, that same fear that blinded me for so many years, influence what I knew was the right thing to do. And so I began looking for a new role for myself.

That quest led me, among other things, to a temporary #stretch assignment in the #Diversity & #Inclusion team, which ends soon, and so my journey to become a Life Coach is now filled with uncertainty. I keep reminding myself during these times, that doing transformation takes time, but as long as you live this transformation and believe in it, you are one with yourself, and that is priceless.

Recently I was asked why am I not afraid of losing my old role as an engineer, especially in these challenging times when others fight to keep their jobs, and my answer was:

"I am more afraid to go back than to march forward".

Coach Perry

Corporate Coach for employee engagement and diversity and inclusion

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