Focus on Abilities
My name is Tom Jenkins. I am a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where I earned a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing. I have been in the marketing field for over six years. I now specialize in writing copy for small to medium businesses. Currently, I am enjoying the challenge of building my own copywriting practice. However, my quest to find my place in life has been a long and interesting journey with many ups and downs.
Using a power wheelchair for the majority of my life, I have faced my fair share of difficulties and been blessed with a great many triumphs. From the beginning until this day, I have had one goal. I am driven to assimilate and to be able to do what my peers are doing.
Making The Grades But Still Struggling
Although I graduated with honors, making my way through school and college was an undertaking that was anything but easy. Comprehending the material was rarely my biggest challenge. My cerebral palsy makes typical, scholastic tasks such as writing with a pen and paper or manipulating books and worksheets tedious and occasionally, extremely frustrating.
To lessen these challenges and level the academic playing field, I was given an aid to help me with these troublesome activities throughout my day. Having an aid certainly helped me finish assignments more efficiently. However, I feel, it made me stand out from the other students. Throughout school and even into college, I felt I stood out and didn’t quite fit in. As a result of these feelings, I dreaded school from fourth grade through the finish of college. My continued disdain for school made graduating college with honors and extraordinarily gratifying accomplishment.
My Path To Independence
Learning to drive a car is undoubtedly one of my greatest accomplishments in life. Like most truly great accomplishments, my road to being comfortable behind the wheel had its fair share of speed bumps and detours. My voyage to being safe and comfortable while driving took years and unfortunately involved accidents ranging from fender benders to crashes that I hoped were simply bad dreams from the night before. Thanks to my perseverance along with continued encouragement from friends and loved ones, I am now able to safely and comfortably drive wherever I wish to go.
More To Be Done
For many of us, the voyage to adulthood didn’t feel genuinely complete until we were able to land our first ‘adult job’. My path to that ‘adult job’ was certainly unconventional. After college I took the conventional approach to employment, I sent out résumés online. I excelled in school, successfully completed a couple of internships and had always been told that I was quite personable. I thought these traits would be extremely helpful in my job search and allow me to land a job I enjoyed fairly quickly. After all, I was similar to most of my good friends, and they were able to land their ideal jobs without much of a struggle. My quest to find a job through hitting the job boards and sending out hundreds of résumés was partly successful. I was fortunate enough to get many interviews. Unfortunately, that is where my success ended. I was never able to clear the interview hurdle and land that ‘adult job’. My job search continued with no ultimate success for more than five years. There came a point when I decided if I was going to have a successful career I needed to change my approach and take the situation into my own hands. This frame of mind led me to my next big decision.
Finding A Career Path
I graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. I earned the Cum Laude distinction and secured many part time positions and internships. Thanks to these successes, I knew I had the skills to be successful. I simply needed to create the right opportunity.
I had five years of experience in marketing. But, I needed to discover what aspect of marketing interested me the most. I have always had a passion for discovering the right words to craft the most effective message. Early in my career, I was exposed to many different positions in marketing. However, the positions I enjoyed the most were the ones that allowed me to use my love of words to create a powerful message. A year ago, I decided to take my love of marketing and the written word and combine them to form my own business. Once I caught the entrepreneurial bug, I launched my own website (CreativeContentMarketing.net) and began helping other business owners use words to build their businesses.