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Episode Info: In this episode, Sara talks with Christi Shibata about her journey from architecture to physical therapy to firefighting. Christi talks about her career plans changing when she sustained repeated concussions from playing college basketball; how she guided herself, thoughtfully and intentionally, through her career changes; and how she worked in a restaurant as a prep and line chef (with little previous experience!) to make ends meet while at the fire academy. Today, Christi serves as firefighter at the Notre Dame Fire Department and at the Clay Fire Department in Indiana.   Want to make your own career change? Download Sara's Seven Cs of Successful Career Change Chart.   Sara and Christi Discuss: How Sara found Christi via the South Bend Tribune Christi attending Kent State University to play basketball and study aeronautics Suffering multiple concussions in basketball Experiencing air sickness, post-concussions, and needing to change her aeronautics plans Beginning a masters in architecture at the University of Notre Dame Taking a medical leave when her studies took a toll Working as a draftsman at an architecture office Experiencing ongoing seizures and spending 4 weeks in the hospital Needing to use a wheelchair, upon her release Seeing the benefits of physical therapy, firsthand, and being inspired to pursue it as a career Getting her associates as a physical therapists assistant Working as a personal trainer and tech in a PT office Graduating and then working in the same clinic as a clinician Noticing the job wasn't a fit Getting her own physical challenges under control Attempting to get into the Coast Guard, but being denied Reexamining the direction she wanted to take her life in, again Landing on firefighting Her sister, Notre Dame police chief, Keri Kei Shibata, helping her connect with the Notre Dame Fire Department Attending the Clay Fire Academy Moving to Indiana from Michigan with no job and no source of income Working as a line & prep chef at the Morris Inn Graduating from the fire academy & applying at the Notre Dame Fire Department Starting her new job in July of 2019 What she loves about firefighting, and what the day-to-day is like The support she received along the way What it was like to take a pay cut to pursue her dream The messages she got when she was growing up about "work" How she guided herself through the process of career changes What it was like to be the oldest person in her fire academy A theme in her life of being the only woman participant What it was like going into the service industry while putting herself through the fire academy The importance of having zero expectations How her faith guides her How she's grown and changed through her career change The advice she has for other career changers ...and more! Christi's Full Bio: Firefighter Christi Shibata was hired onto the Notre Dame Fire Department full time in July 2019...
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