I took a 6 month career break from PwC where I worked in Restructuring Advisory (Business Recovery Services) and qualified as an ACA with the ICAEW. With the expiry of my trainee contract, no mortgage, no family in London or other significant obligations I reasoned that it’s a suitable time to try something new.
I am flying to Santiago to join the growing population of entrepreneurs in South America, coined as TechnoLatinas. My aim is to find and work with a startup that is working on something exciting and assist in fundraising, cash flow management, business admin, accounting, sales, social media marketing and business strategy. Whilst, I have the necessary education and some experience with various aspects of the areas just listed I never engaged in any of them full time. Thus, the learning curve will be steep. Also, I don’t speak much Spanish. I intend to work on this whilst I’m there. Fortunately, the Statup Chile program operates in english and many of the startups are international thus I hope English will suffice. Am I nervous? YES.
However, I assessed that the worst case scenarios is: I don’t find any startup to work with that is particularly interesting, but I still pick up skills in the process of working with them, I significantly improve my Spanish and I get to travel around the continent in the process. At the end of the 6 months I will then pack my bags and recommence my life in London. Not a bad worst case.