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Informational Interview Questions that Lead to Career Clarity

On your journey to career clarity, conducting informational interviews is one of the last steps before venturing down your chosen career path. Each informational interview helps you gain real live insights into a career field that based on your research seems well aligned with your unique strengths, values, purpose and passion. It’s like ‘test-driving’ your chosen field before taking additional training, starting a business or applying for jobs.

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How to Cultivate Your Positive Attitude

You can’t always choose your circumstances, but you can choose your attitude. No matter how trying your circumstances may be at times, you can learn to cultivate a positive attitude. When you do, it transforms your whole life experience. May this story inspire you to find the positive in every situation, so that you can create more positivity in your career and life.

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You Are a Gift – How to Attract Your Fulfilling Career & Life

Thank you for coming to this place on earth at this time in history! You are a gift! As Dr. Seuss says it so well: “There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” That you-ness, the essence of who you truly are, is a tremendous gift to the world. Your gift is needed and wanted!

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Career Coaching – How to Find the Right Career Opportunities for YOU

When people initially contact me to inquire about career coaching, they often find it challenging to imagine that they could ever find a career that energizes and inspires them. Some are hoping for advice on what career path to pick and ask: “Will you give me specific career suggestions?” or “Can you tell me what I should do, given my skills and experience?”

I completely understand how uncomfortable it can feel to be without specific answers to these questions. I have been there myself, wishing someone would just give me the answers so that I could move on to the next chapter of my career.

From my own journey to career clarity as well as from witnessing my career coaching clients succeed, I have come to appreciate how awareness grows through coaching.

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How to Stay Focused on Your Career Clarity Journey

How can you stay focused on your career clarity journey, when so many distractions are vying for your attention? One of my career coaching clients, let’s call him Tom, is in the midst of building his consulting business that he is very passionate about.

However, he often gets distracted by day dreams about becoming a farmer. His longing to go back to the land distracts him from pursuing his current venture whole-heartedly. As an example of how you can turn your distracting day dream into a guide that helps you stay focused, here’s how Tom did it.

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Success is Transferable – How to Draw on What’s Working Well in Your Life to Create Career Fulfillment

We tend to be so problem focused that we often don’t pay attention to our success. When we take note of what is working well in our lives, we can use the insights we gain to make positive changes in the aspects of our lives that feel stuck and unfulfilled. Here’s how one of my career coaching clients, let’s call her Liz, did exactly this beautifully and successfully.

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3 Steps to Build Trust When Going Through Career Change

Trust is an essential ingredient, when going through a career change. Yet it often seems out of reach, when we need it the most.  Do you ever catch yourself, thinking up worst case scenarios and preparing your game plan? You are certainly not alone. When you do, you temporarily loose trust in things working out well. How can you find trust within when outside circumstances don’t seem to deserve your trust? It’s easier than you might think.

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Fun is Better than Perfect – In Your Career and in Life

‘Fun is better than perfect’ is a maxim for all of us prone to endlessly waiting for the perfect circumstances to arrive to begin doing what we really want. We end up regretting the things we didn’t do, rather than the things we might have done ‘imperfectly.’ May this story inspire you to get on with the things that spark joy in you and stop waiting for the perfect time and conditions.

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Informational Interviews – The Way to Test-Drive Your Dream Career

Informational interviews provide an opportunity to learn about the day-to-day reality of your dream career from people who are already engaged in it. Conducting informational interviews allows you to ‘test-drive’ your dream career before investing in additional training, starting a business or applying for jobs. This will save you a lot of time and energy!

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How to Find Your Tribe

Do you yearn for a career where you feel a sense of belonging? Most people do! Do you leave parts of you behind when you go to work? You are not alone. When you find your tribe, a group of people you truly belong to, you will learn to show up more authentically. It will help you let go of masks and armours you may have put on in the work place in order to fit in. Finding your tribe ultimately helps you find a career and a work environment where your authentic gifts are fully appreciated.

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