December Employee Spotlight: Shannon Savol-Kocur
Dear Pinnacle Community,
I love this time of year: not only because of the festivities that bring friends and family together, but also because it’s a season of reflection and transition.
Transition is an integral part of our lives, both personally and professionally. It provides us with opportunities to check in with ourselves, evaluate our paths and embark on new journeys. My own career has been shaped by significant transitions which have led me to where I am today.
My first major transition came after a role in veterinary medicine where I realized I needed to follow a new career path. Reflecting on my values and talents, I began my career as a recruiter in the healthcare industry. Staying involved in the medical community was rewarding, as was the unique opportunity to understand the challenges that various healthcare organizations and providers were facing at the time.
5 years into recruitment, I knew that I loved it and was ready for my next big transition. Even though I didn’t have a background in accounting or finance, I took a leap with Pinnacle. The people hooked me.
As I adapted to the world of finance and accounting, I found that Pinnacle’s culture and priorities resonated deeply with my own values. We have each other’s backs, helping everyone reach their goals. And it’s not just for us – we want the same awesome outcomes for our clients, candidates and consultants.
Working on the consulting side, I get to facilitate exciting transitions for our clients and guide professionals through transitions of their own. By taking the time to understand individuals on a deeper level, you can uncover opportunities that might have slipped through the cracks for them. At Pinnacle, I get to align gifted consultants with roles that satisfy their professional aspirations and personal motivations.
For those contemplating a career change, my advice is to embrace the transition. Reflect on what’s prompting your desire for change, identify what you feel is lacking in your current role and define your ‘must-haves’ for your next step. This way, your transition leads you to a role that aligns with your goals and offers greater fulfillment.
Professional transitions can be tough on candidates. For me, I see the key to a successful transition is through building positive connections. That has always been Pinnacle’s goal: With the launch of Public Accounting Recruiting Consortium (PARC), Pinnacle has extended that support even further by empowering students, new graduates and CPAs to take a bold step in career-defining times of change.
No matter where you are in your career, I hope that you embrace this season of transition. Listen to your heart (and your people) as you write the next chapter of your own incredible story.
Wishing you all a joyful holiday season and happy new year,
Manager of Recruitment & Client Services