Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.
Written by Marcia Pledger.
Nichelle McCall left Cleveland for a fellowship opportunity in New York and Washington, D.C., and banked on returning home with a job at a nonprofit organization. Instead, she found herself unemployed.
McCall questioned her judgment when the organization where she was supposed to work simply said they decided to go in another direction. At 27, four years ago, she vowed to never again rely on one company for her livelihood. Like a lot of unemployed, she decided to turn a setback into a turning point. Instead of embracing the label “unemployed,” she chose “consultant,” basing it on her decade of experience working with nonprofits, entrepreneurs and college admissions.
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Originally published August 25, 2015.