I am writing to beg you for insight and advice into my current situation. I am shocked to find myself in this situation and am desperately seeking advice. I have a BS in Finance and Marketing from a private university and over 12 years of sales experience in high net worth wealth management. I hold my CFA and CFP designations (both premier finance degrees.) I previously was a senior Wealth Manager for 10 years making over $160,000 a year.
In 2016 I went through a bad divorce and had somewhat of a mental breakdown. I am diagnosed bipolar disorder and ended up homeless, broke, and wandering the streets. In 2017, I was arrested and charged with burglary of habitation and tampering with government documents. Two felony charges. Since this was my first ever arrest and I had never been in trouble with the law before the judge offered me deferred adjudication. Upon successful completion of deferred adjudication the charges will be dropped and I will not have any convictions at all on my record. However, the arrests and charges still show up on company background checks. As a result I am ineligible for any roles in the finance industry.
After my arrest I was able to turn my life around and now have a stable working and living environment and feel back to my old motivated self. I find myself with a lot of downtime in my day and have the ability to further my skillset with some type of online course curriculum. I came across RPA on a thread in Reddit and I see there is a high demand for people with RPA Developer experience. My question is this:
Do you think it is possible for someone with a background like mine to master the UiPath RPA Academy, obtain my RPA Certification, and then obtain a position in the industry? Any type of entry level RPA role would be acceptable; temporary project, freelance, consultancy, or full time position. Again, I have my college degree, advanced finance designations, and significant sales experience, but I also regrettably have those criminal charges on my record. I enrolled in the Academy and started taking the online courses and am enjoying it very much so far, but in the back of my head I am wondering if I am wasting my time.
Thank anyone in advance for your time