Marianne McLean

I was constantly told I was too young to be in the banking roles that I had managed to be in, despite continuing to move up quickly into more senior positions.  I kept pushing myself further and further as I enjoyed climbing the corporate ladder.

Eventually I found myself working for a corporation in an upper management role that was traditionally a male role. It never really seemed like the right position for me and I always felt like I was being pushed aside.  My opinions and thoughts never seemed to matter either. This difficult environment at work started to affect me mentally and I didn’t like the person I was becoming. There was just too much negativity in the workspace and my colleagues spoke so poorly of each other when they should have been motivating each other. After having this experience I knew that I wanted to take charge and be a better example for women and my daughters especially.

I stuck it out for another year before I reached my breaking point and decided I couldn’t do this to myself any longer.  I knew I would never be able to do my best work at this job, which didn’t sit well with me. Being micromanaged and having to perform in such a negative environment was making me feel paralyzed.  I knew I finally had to make a change and so I left my job and took 3 months off.  I used this time to do a lot of self-reflecting and to decide on the  direction I wanted to take my career. I met with a lot of industry leaders and mentors who I had known from the past and it became clear to me that I had to do something that would empower myself and others. Mortgage brokering was always a passion of mine and since I had been in the banking industry for over 13 years it seemed like it would be a good fit.  In those banking years I had always prided myself on the relationships I built with my clients. I decided to jump in with both feet and not look back.  Now I run my own business and I have done so for the past 6 months. I am busier than I could have ever imagined and I have many client referrals.  I believe I am doing exactly what I was meant to do.  I took the adversity from my previous position and used it to create an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.  I feel it is so important now to stand up, be confident and empower those around us. This only makes you stronger in the end. Taking this initiative has helped me overcome what I went through and really changed my mindset on how I want my business to grow in the future. I can’t wait to see what the next five years have to hold.