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Shifting from Corporate America to Sylvan Franchise Owner

Posted by Susan Gunelius on Jul 1, 2016

Candice DeVane is the new owner of a Sylvan Learning franchise in San Diego, California, but she didn’t always work in education. And she’s never owned a business before. That didn’t stop her from leaving a successful engineering career and moving across the country to pursue her dreams of educating children as a Sylvan Learning franchisee.

I had the opportunity to ask Candice how she seamlessly made the shift from Corporate America to franchise owner with a smile on her face (and moving to the other side of the country as she did it). Here’s what she told me:

Susan Gunelius: Candice, you’re an engineer. What made you decide to change your career?

Candice DeVane: I was working as a regulatory engineer for a satellite communications company, and after getting my MBA, I was promoted to a manager position about six months ago. I got this position and realized I didn’t love what I was doing. It wasn’t fulfilling, and I felt like I was just going through the motions. I needed a change.

My husband and I decided to relocate across the country to San Diego, California. As I was applying for jobs in engineering in San Diego, I realized none of the job descriptions appealed to me. After much soul-searching, I decided to look at ways I could pursue tutoring as a full-time career, which I had been doing part-time through my church.

Susan: What made you choose franchising?

Candice: I didn’t want to just tutor children in their homes. I wanted to provide tutoring on a larger scale. I felt that an education franchise was the perfect way to provide this valuable service while still working for myself.

Candice DeVane

Candice DeVane, Sylvan Franchise Owner

Susan: Why did you choose Sylvan?

Candice: I researched a number of different education franchises and decided on Sylvan because of its personalized learning plans, focus on STEM education, and integration of technology in its service offerings. To me, the Sylvan brand represents quality supplemental education that works with students to help them achieve academically and be their best selves.

When I reached out to Sylvan, the Franchise Development representative told me that a franchisee in San Diego wanted to sell. I contacted the franchisee and after just a few months, we started the transfer process!

Susan: As you begin your new career as a franchise owner, how do you see Sylvan helping you be successful?

Candice: I appreciate all of the resources available to Sylvan franchisees. There are so many support systems, including Sylvan Corporate and other franchisees!

Susan: What is your advice to other people thinking of leaving a successful career to start a Sylvan Learning franchise?

Candice: Life is too short to just go through the motions. If you’re not happy in your “successful” career and want to pursue your dreams as a business owner and franchisee, you should go for it!

The Lesson

The lesson to learn from Candice’s story is simple. Don’t be afraid to make a change. Take the leap.

When you work with a brand like Sylvan Learning that has a long history of success, you’ll get the support you need to transition from another career to franchise ownership as smoothly as possible. You really can make your dreams come true, and you don’t have to do it alone!


Topics: Sylvan Business Spotlight