Latesha Byrd Says You Can Have A Career You Love, Even If You Have No Idea Where To Start

Latesha Byrd is what many may call an “accidental entrepreneur.” Latesha graduated from UNC and received a degree in Accounting. Immediately after graduating she went to North Carolina State University to receive her Masters in Accounting.

“I thought I was going to be a CFO one day,” she recalled.

We talked about her early childhood. How she grew up in a single parent hope and experienced economic hardship which resulted in over a dozen moves as a child.

The North Carolina-based career consultant shared that her mother bought her first home when she was just 16 years old.

“We ended up getting evicted from the home. And that’s when I decided…I didn’t want to go through this. I definitely wanted to change the trajectory of my family history.”

Latesha has done just that with the creation of Byrd Career Consulting in 2015. By 2018, she quit her job to be a full-time business owner.

“I was not planning on having a business doing this at all. But I love it.”

We also talked about the effects of groupthink during the hiring process, the number one mistake candidates make during the interview, and why the traditional ways of job hunting are over. Here’s our conversation, edited and condensed for length.