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Career PathI was honored to be the featured guest at Emory’s Coach Chat program in January, “Brainstorming Your Career Choices”. The webinar about how to brainstorm additional career paths when you are wanting to identify your ideal career. Here is a link to the webinar recording. Enjoy!

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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CareerI received this email from a career coaching client who worked with one of our associate coaches Stacy Smyk-Santiago and it reminded me of something I wanted to share with you. Many people, especially recent grads, either feel pigeonholed by their degree and experience or wonder if it was worth it, and how much stock they need to place in their degree in terms of their career path. I believe it’s situational, it depends on what you want to do long term. Your degree should not limit the career path you pursue, it should hopefully enhance it. Here’s what the client said…

“Your coaching process shook me out of that filtered approach so I could really see that my talents and passion could be applied in ways I had forgotten. I am really excited and tremendously grateful about the possibilities I’ve rediscovered through this process.”

So when you find yourself limiting your thinking to your past experience or your education, stop for a moment and take time to brainstorm ideas that are related to both of those but not limited to them. For example, spend 30 minutes brainstorming career ideas with a friend, using the mindmapping technique of writing down ideas or words, then in a radius around those words related ideas to help you come up with additional job possibilities. Another way to generate new career paths is to take a career assessment. You can also make a list of keywords of interests or talents/skills and use websites like www.onetcenter.org or www.mypursuit.com to see what careers they pull up. Think outside the box, you may just discover a career you’d never heard of that is a perfect fit for you!

Hallie Crawford
Job Coach

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College CampusThere is a lot of buzz in the media lately about higher education and the dividends it pays, or does not pay. I’m a believer in education, it’s provides knowledge as well as confidence. It’s an experience where we grow in many ways, not just intellectually.

I strongly advise people to evaluate the value of the degree they are considering and ensure it makes sense of their career path progression and their value as an employee or prospective employee. Here’s a new cool website that can help you evaluate schools and the salaries graduates command after leaving: http://www.collegemeasures.org/

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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Check out my latest video as I discuss why you should not make assumptions when identifying your ideal career. When you are identifying your ideal career path, and brainstorming your list of ideas, make sure you are really thinking it through. Watch this video as I share why.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach 

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Career IdeasI was talking with my associate career coach, Stacy, recently and it reminded me of something I wanted to share with you. One of her career coaching clients has been in banking all her life. She sees herself as a banker and others do as well. As a result, she could not brainstorm career ideas outside of banking because she couldn’t get past that filter. Here’s a quote from Stacy’s client about her experience:

“Stacy’s coaching process shook me out of that filtered approach so I could really see that my talents and passion could be applied in ways I had forgotten. I am really excited and tremendously grateful about the possibilities I’ve rediscovered through this process.”

Stacy had to take time during coaching with her to break that mold so she could help her think outside the box. She helped her jog some memories as well of past work experiences. In college her client was a docent at a museum. First, she had not thought of that as a possible career path (working at a museum). Second, she almost had forgotten about that experience even though she loved it at the time!

This happened to me recently at a meeting with Barb Henry who is the director of alumni services at Oglethorpe. She gives students the advice of asking their roommates parents for networking connections. These students don’t think of that because, they are just their roommates parents – not someone who works! But lo and behold, when she mentioned this to a student recently they realized, their roommates’ father works at Coca-Cola and she was off and running.

Remember to think outside the box when it comes to choosing your industry, or how you perceive the people you know, and how you walk down memory lane. This will help you remember past experiences that you may have forgotten or not considered as  viable career options.

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Check out my latest video where I talk about what is realistic to expect for from your dream job and what isn’t. When thinking about your dream job, don’t be like Pollyanna. It’s not going to be fabulous all the time. What is important is that the pros outweigh the cons in your chosen career path.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Watch my latest YouTube video as I discuss what it means to find a career that’s a reflection of you, and why it’s important. Take the time to really think about who you are as a person. You want to go through this process to identify a career path that fits who you are as a person. Start with you – your values, your priorities, and your lifestyle to help you find a career path that is right for you.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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GraduationHere are 6 tools that can help you figure out what your dream job is, before you graduate:

1. Internships – Internships give you exposure to fields that you may be interested in, so that you can learn whether or not you like them. They also can help you develop networking connections in the real world, learn professionalism outside of school, and get work experience for your resume. You can learn something from any work situation that you are in. Even free internships give you these same benefits if you have to.

2. College career centers – College career centers provide free resources and advice. You should take advantage of as much as they have to offer including alumni networking and take their career assessment. This is a free resources so you should use it!

3. Career assessments – Career assessments can help point you in the right direction for you career. They help by giving you some ideas for careers while helping you understand your skill set at the same time. It’s not the end all be all,but a very useful tool.

4. Informational Interviews – Have informational interviews with people in fields that you think you may be interested in.  Informational interviews is a good way to create networking connections and help you get your foot in the door. They’re also a great way to learn more about your industry, while practicing interview skills.

5. Classes – Take classes that interest you to expand your education for your career. You can audit some to see what if you like the experience. The only way you’ll figure it out is if you research different things that might be a fit.

6. Career coach – Career coaches can give you individualized attention for your career direction, in ways that a career center cannot. If you are really struggling with your career path, I highly recommend considering it. If you’d like to learn more about how a career coach can help you, contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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