Is Your Career Aligned with How You’re Wired?

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Most of us have felt pressured at some point to provide a convincing and enthusiastic answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And, some of us have an easier time answering that question than others! Yielding to the Pressure to Choose a Career Path In a recent TED Talk, “Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling,” Emilie Wapnick, a career coach, w...
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Choose Your Career Steps Confidently

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"Sometimes you have to write to figure it out." ~Dan Pink, author of To Sell is Human, quoting his former professor in a 2014 graduation address at Northwestern University. CHOOSING FALSE CERTAINTY In the same graduation speech, Dan continued to advocate for discovery and exploration by encouraging graduating seniors to do "less planning and more living," while admitting that...
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Maximize Your Higher Education Return

Like me, you may have noticed many headlines questioning the ultimate value of higher education lately. The cost of higher education in terms of time and money coupled with the reduced availability of jobs to make the effort "worth it" has put attending college on the hot seat. Because obtaining a degree beyond high school is the defining criteria of a first generation profe...
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A Passionate Professional Life Awaits You

This time last year, I was working as an independent contractor while I waited to start a career development facilitator (CDF) course that began in June. Now, I continue to work as an independent contractor, who has finally gotten clear on what passions she wants to develop in her work as a professional. I began 2009 with two undergraduate degrees, a masters degree, and a de...
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The Global Mind Awakens in a World of Pink

Last month, I read a statistic that 30% of incoming college freshman are first generation college students. That same USA Today article went on to highlight that: “24% [of first generation college students] — 4.5 million — are both first-gens and low income. Nationally, 89% of low-income first-gens leave college within six years without a degree. More than a quarter leave aft...
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Career Hitchhiking: A Professional Pastime?

How exactly does one “hitchhike” in their professional life? I'm in the process of reading any good book or article that I can find about student development, making the transition from college to work and professional development. This continuing education study comes from: 1) Realizing that most people, especially first generation professionals, can benefit from much m...
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Part III: Your Internal Guidance System and Professional Development

When I first started this thread, I was feeling rather cold toward the concept of professional identity due to the pitfalls that I see and have felt in relationship with being dominantly guided by external forces. In this process of becoming clearer about my distinction between the professional sense of self and professional identity, I realized that identity can play a vital ...
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The Birth of My Professional Sense of Self

What do you do when you get a clue that external forces have actually shaped your early decisions about professional work significantly more than your own self-knowledge and informed exploration and choices? I have decided to highlight the pattern of this phenomenon in my experience in order to encourage mindfulness and awareness, so that others can avoid the pitfalls of opera...
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Honor Your Unique Path Through Work

I have been asked to further define what I mean by the professional sense of self. I have been thinking about how I want to frame this concept because I know that my current understanding and perspective is partially intuitive and steadily developing. Consequently, my definition will probably evolve as I write and contemplate more on this subject. Over a week ago, I explore...
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Awakening to My Professional Path

I know...First Generation Professional is a mouth full. For those of you reading this blog for the first time and who have never heard of a First Gen Professional, let me start out by saying that it's a term that I coined for myself over this past summer (2009), while completing a career development facilitation (CDF) training. While conducting research for my independent ...
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