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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The Unexpected Career Opening

Today, as I was working with an insurance agent to add coverage to my policy, the woman with whom I was speaking shared that she had heard that the company where I work is a great company. During the course of our conversation, she also mentioned that she had visited the company's website and had not seen any job openings posted and expressed an interest in learning about po...
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The Power to Create Your Own Calling

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and find a way to offer it to others.” ~Oprah Winfrey You're probably familiar with the concept of having a "calling" or "feeling called" to do some type of work or participate in life in some way that is unique to you. ...
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Are You Going With Your Own Career Flow?

"What are you working toward?" Use the next few minutes to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and ask yourself the following questions: What am I working toward in my career?" What areas of my work do I feel like I'm building something of value? What are the areas where I am having an impact/making a difference in ways that are meaningful for me? If answer...
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Does Your Career Need Some Oxygen?

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If you get an opportunity to check out this month's issue of MORE magazine, you'll encounter an inspirational article (also available online) entitled  "Give Your Career Some Oxygen." I'm fascinated when I hear novel terms related to career and professional development (check out a previous post on "career hitchhiking"). So, when I saw the term "career oxygen." It really got...
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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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The Essential Aspects of Career Success

This week, I participated in my first ever Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (TODSWD) event. The group that I'm working with created a presentation and a game to educate and entertain about 30 children of the organization's employees during their all day visit.  This year's theme "Invent the Future" was chosen to emphasize that the work a person does today impacts future ...
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Reflections on Life After College

Life definitely gets much more complex after college. Your need to learn and experiment with who you are and your life continues to grow after you have your diploma in hand. On reflection, I wish that I would had spent more time consulting with recent graduates and professionals who had some years experience ahead of me to help better light my path, as I navigated those early ...
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The Social Network Wake-Up Call

"Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job."~President Summers from The Social Network movie. How would your life be different if you believed that inventing a job is better than finding one? How would your life be different if your parents held that same belief, acted on it, and modeled it to you? What would our world ec...
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Take a Lesson from the “Networking Challenged”

Last Friday, I attended an "open house" for a new business and professional development center that two friends launched in Raleigh this month.  I count myself lucky to have friends who are creative, take initiative, and have a dedicated focus on professional development and helping others succeed. This gathering stands out to me and holds a lot of significance. Why? Because...
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