The restart of my vocational story

My vocational story started in Portugal but hit a restart button with a huge change for me and my family. After one year working at Hill & Knowlton, I decided to resign and move to something bigger. And for me something bigger meant a bigger market; a new country. While a transfer to one of their other offices was unavailable, this change meant I would start all over.

I recall Courtney and I reading Henry Blackaby’s classic, Created to be God’s Friend, during a period of time when our future was uncertain. The book looks into the relationship between God and Abraham, and how this patriarch would move his family to a new  land with faith in a holy promise; a promise for a better life. I remember quite vividly when we felt the calling to move to the United States. This move would provide the right professional challenge for me, while also creating a better foundation to start a family.

The belief

Growing up I remember being infused with an environment that provided perspective. While there were limitations to access new technology my parents provided me a historical window to human achievements. To be honest, in many cases it felt like I was being raised in a whole different decade. While my peers were enjoying CDs, I was still using good old vinyl records (cool now but not so cool then). And while others had a computer to play, I was being tossed books to read. My parents always pushed me to learn more and I grew with a belief that I could create an even better future for myself and my family. It wasn’t until I got into college that I truly understood this power from within. Ironically it came in the form of a book: the bible. Reading truth not only encouraged me to continue, it now provided meaning to my goals and the desires that had fueled me from a young age.

The second job

We moved to Florida in the summer of 2005 with big dreams. I believe I could quickly land a job with a PR or Ad agency but that didn’t happen as fast as I wanted. Within a month I found myself looking for something different. I quickly realized that my journey in the US would not be easy and there would be some ups and downs. This would be a defining moment as I accepted the challenge and took on a labor role at a nuclear facility in Crystal River, FL.

I remember meeting the Nuclear Material and Warehouse Manager at church and asking him if he needed some marketing specialist in his organization to which he said, “No, but I do need some forklift drivers.” In that moment I did something that I had become accustomed to doing: I said “I could learn it.” A few weeks later I took a test and started my second “real” job. In hindsight, I was pretty naive to think I could be a marketing specialist in a warehouse but this move was good for me. I had moved from a suit and tie environment to working 12-hour night shifts. I wasn’t easy but I believe I could learn from this situation and move up.

In the next post I will share details on the following lessons:

  • You have to crawl before you walk
  • Be intentional with every interaction

Have you ever gone through a transitional moment in your career? What did it look like? Join the conversation and share your vocational story.



Published by David Marques

My name is David (pronounced Daveed) and I'm a positive person by nature. Encouraged by a life of opportunities, I've been blessed to experience full richness through my family, friends and work. In a world that sees "what you do" for "who you are", I believe relationships are far more important. That is why I started a blog; to share my life-lessons and encourage others along their journey. Born in Portugal, I've moved to the United States with the love of my life, Courtney. We currently experience the beauty of the Carolinas with our three children, Caden, Blake and Ava. My blog is about taking action to my positive thoughts and display what God has blessed me with: a passion to communicate encouragement to others!

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