Career Coaching And Counseling

Career coaching is designed to work with action-oriented individuals who are interested in improving their career skills and strategies that suit their interests and talents so that they can gain greater resourcefulness. I can help you explore and define (re-define) your professional goals, develop and take action steps to get there, and make practical changes to lead you to greater career success and satisfaction.

Making a Career Change

I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to make a career change or start a new business. Many years ago, I made my own career change after 15 years as President of a successful Silicon Valley corporation that I built from the ground up. It wasn't easy. It took a lot of courage, perseverance, and support. After working with people in career transitions, I have helped them successfully change careers.

Changing your career or starting a new business at any age can be a little nerve rattling, however, as adults several factors keep many in jobs they would otherwise let go. These factors include age discrimination, opportunity to further education, financial resources, and much needed encouragement to get started.

If you know what you want to do, you're half way there, but there are still obstacles. I can help you navigate the difficult changes and uncharted territories. Often, our relationships and our personal lives suffer when we decide to make a career change because of all the time we must devote to it. I can help you to achieve better time management and get support from those around you.

Unfortunately, many people only know that they want out of their current profession but know what type of new career or new business they want. Figuring that out isn't as hard as it sounds.

Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a very large "T" on the paper. Write on the left side of the "T", skills or jobs you have most enjoyed over the years. On the other half of the "T", skills or jobs you did not enjoy. Consider your past work history, hobbies, and volunteer experiences when filling in your "T" area. Here are a few examples: Working with people, leisure activities, working with things, data, instructing others, artistic, mechanical, scientific, managing, influencing, sales, working with your hands, job location. Be as specific as possible with your likes and dislikes.

Another way to explore career choices is to research the classified ads. Another good tool is to consider local businesses that you feel you would enjoy working at or owning. Then make a note of them, and add them to your list of potential careers to further research.

After researching careers and businesses you find interesting, narrow down your selections. Learn more about each career you find interesting. Helpful books for in-depth career research can be located at your local library or on-line.