Most people hit a wall at some point in their life, I did when I ran my first half marathon and again when my luck was down in my career. The rejection at interview was frustrating, however an informal mentor who was a neighbour shared some valuable suggestions. Registering on my teacher training course had an impact on my interview success securing work and a day release for University.
Thinking the unthinkable, I did not want to be a school teacher, lecturing was a good pathway that combined industry experience with my passion for developing people; also having the flexibility of being employed and self-employed.
My business advisor / mentor at that time had a challenge on his hands, he saw something I could not see- a potential and influential networker.