After months of frustratingly stalling on the job hunt, Markle Turner-Gilchrist took matters into her own hands and became an accidental entrepreneur.
In the spring of 2022, the 35-year-old was looking for work as a luxury fashion strategist and had a number of promising interviews with a social business company. But a few days after receiving the job offer email in his inbox, he contacted the company’s CEO, who declined the job offer — explaining that the company was funded primarily by crypto investors whose digital assets were losing value by the day. will be
Turner-Gilchrist told CNBC Make It in June: “I’ve heard that offers have been cancelled. “But it’s never happened to me [before]”
CNBC Make It caught up with Turner-Gilchrist about what she learned through a challenging job search and unexpectedly becoming her own boss.
Beware of burnout
Publicizing her canceled offer on social media led to a flurry of applause and even a few job leads. Turner-Gilchrist hired someone to edit her resume and LinkedIn page and set a goal of applying for 10 jobs a day. But after countless interviews and every recruiting mishap—recruiters ghosting her, leads going cold, reaching the final stages of being told the position she was interviewing for had been eliminated—nothing quite materialized.
“I’ve never had an experience like this, so it’s been a year of challenges and finding creative ways to stay positive,” says Turner Gilchrist.
After a grueling few months, Turner-Gilchrist decided to stop applying for jobs altogether.
The break came just in time. In August, with a clearer mind, he reconnected with an old friend who owned a PR firm in Los Angeles. A friend had a fashion client who needed help with their marketing and strategy. Turner-Gilchrist had exactly the right experience they were looking for.
Embrace the unknown
It wasn’t Turner-Gilchrist’s full-time job, but she thought to herself, “Why not take advantage of this opportunity to earn money, keep my skills fresh and try something new?”
She had never done consulting work before, but found she really enjoyed it, especially the aspect of being her own boss and being in control of her time. A one-month contract was enough to give him the confidence to bet on himself completely and start his own consulting firm.
As of September 1, Turner-Gilchrist launched Atelier Lenora, where she will use her global experience in the luxury, lifestyle and fashion spaces to help clients with business and product strategy support, trend forecasting, creative direction and more. .
Starting his own company was never on the board of his career prospects. “I never wanted to be an entrepreneur,” says Turner-Gilchrist. There’s a lot of fear and uncertainty in entrepreneurship, but I’ve been in an uncertain phase of life for the past few months.
By building her client network, Turner-Gilchrist has more control over her career than ever before. “I always bet on other companies to determine my career path,” he says. Now, he is completely in control.
Think about what is really important to you
A year ago, Turner-Gilchrist says her idea of luxury was very much tied to her line of work, such as designer sports gear and international travel. He has eliminated these things from his budget, which has increased his consulting income. But, as her boss, Turner-Gilchrist, says, “Freedom is the new luxury.”
The luxury of choice and autonomy means you can work a 4-day work week, or relax during the afternoon. It also means finding a way to support yourself, whether or not you have a full-time day job (which, by the way, is totally open to), and increasing your business freedom by taking on more clients and hiring employees. definite possibility).
He says: The real meaning of luxury is choice, freedom, time. “Last year my definition of luxury living was different than it is today. Now it has an agency.”