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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Pursuing What You Love With the Risks & Dips

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman A couple of weeks ago, I attended a celebration for a friend who gathered her family and friends together to rejoice in the fact that she has spent the last twenty (20) year studying and earni...
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The Age of the Employee is Dead. Long Live the Professional.

“Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual.” ~Dr. Homa Bahrami, Senior Lecturer at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, California Being an “employee” is an antiquated paradigm that we can no longer afford to maintain. With only a 30% national satisfaction rating, the role of “employee” leaves an estimated 70% of the working populatio...
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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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Part II: Your Internal Guidance System and Professional Development

How can you know what you want Till you get what you want And you see if you like it? — Steven Sondheim, Into the Woods “I really want to be a business systems analyst” or “I see myself as a consultant when I grow up” would have never emerged from my mouth as a child or even as a teenager. Of course, I had never heard of a business systems analyst position or even a cons...
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Professional Development 2.0

Those family, friends, and colleagues, that know me well, would probably agree that I am persistent about finding answers to difficult questions. I love learning and if I am exploring a topic, I will find books, people, or other resources that can help me develop a new perspective or generate solutions. But, when I encountered career challenges in the early years of my prof...
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Develop Your Professional Sense of Self

“Work” has always been important to me. I love putting my mind to a task, creating something new, problem-solving, and improving efficiency. Like other young children, I play-acted being different professionals such as a news reporter, a doctor, and a lawyer. One defining moment in my awareness about work actually happened when I was 9 years old. I remember watching various...
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