Not long ago, I shared my favorite approach for designing a meaningful career — the design thinking process. Before getting started with design thinking, it’s important to step back and recognize that the design thinking process is all about looking at things differently. In other words, using design thinking involves taking on certain mindsets.Read More
While being at a crossroads can be scary and uncertain, it can also be an incredible opportunity to learn more about yourself, explore something new, and have fun trying new things. Easier said than done, which is why I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to help you navigate through a career crossroads.Read More
I’ve had several clients recently who have been grappling with the question of what type of work would really light them up, bring them energy, and feel meaningful. I also recently attended a design thinking workshop, which was a great refresher on the topic and reminder of how this process can be used to help answer this very question my clients are facing.Read More
Listening to our inner wisdom is a great way to help cut through the noise and confusion we often experience because we’re so used to making decisions from a solely logical or rational place. It can provide us with another perspective and greater insight to consider before moving forward. Because so many of us are used to making decisions from our rational or logical point of view, we often don’t know what it means to listen to this inner wisdom. How do we know when it’s trying to tell us something? Read on for three simple techniques to tap into your inner wisdom.Read More
Looking for a career mentor? Ask yourself these five questions first.
You hear a lot about the importance of finding a mentor to help you develop professionally and advance in your career, but finding a mentor and figuring out how to keep the relationship going is a whole different ballgame. While it’s best to seek a mentor from your current network of connections rather than asking someone you don’t already know, determining who that should be requires some thought.Read More
Feeling at a loss for what to do next in your career? One of the best ways to know what your next career move should be is to start taking what I like to call “inspired action.”
When you take inspired action, things suddenly start to flow. You feel a sense of energy, enthusiasm, or joy. This is different from forced action, which comes from feeling that you should take action. It feels forced, with a lot of effort and little motivation or enthusiasm.Read More
It’s often fairly easy to identify the things that we don’t want in our next job. But knowing what you don’t want is only a glimpse of the whole picture.
What’s more challenging is figuring out what we do want – the role, responsibilities, culture, work environment, etc. And when we have a lot of options in front of us, this can be overwhelming.
How can we know if we’ll enjoy something or not, without being able to predict the future? We have to start prototypingRead More
Chances are if you’ve been thinking about a career change of some kind, you’ve probably read about the importance of reaching out to contacts for informational interviews. I frequently hear from clients that they dread asking for informational interviews because they feel selfish “asking for a job.” An important thing to keep in mind when conducting informational interviews is that you are not asking for a job, you’re simply asking for information. So what types of questions should you ask?Read More
I’m a big proponent of taking an active approach when it comes to exploring future careers. That means learning by doing: talking to people, trying things out, immersing yourself in a culture or project. With that said, there’s still a ton of information at our fingertips that can be of help when it comes to learning about careers.Read More
Making a career transition requires us to get out of our comfort zones and into action. It’s not easy. Anytime we break away from our norm and aim to make a change, our inner critic often speaks up loud and clear. If you’re attempting any kind of career shift, chances are that you will at some point face a few limiting beliefs like the ones I’ve outlined here.Read More
You read a lot from me about the importance of values in our work because I believe that you should have a career that aligns with your values. Some may argue against this. Sometimes you just need a J-O-B, I get it. But wouldn’t life be so much better if you spent your days working in an environment or toward a cause that you believed in?Read More
An informational interview is one in which you, the interviewer, seek advice and input about careers, industries, and/or corporate culture from a professional in the field. Note that an informational interview is one in which you ask for information, not a job. You’re simply in it for research and learning purposes.
These meetings can be an incredibly efficient and impactful way of exploring opportunities, as professionals in the field can provide great insight. But how do you go about asking for such a meeting?Read More
As a career coach, I frequently get asked the question, “How do I find my passion?” While I fully support the aspiration to find meaningful work, I don’t prescribe to the idea that we must ask this question to get there. When we focus simply on finding our passion, we limit ourselves so that we can no longer think comprehensively about the world of work and career possibilities that may fulfill us. Instead, we often become stuck, searching for our one and only career soul mate.Read More