I love celebrating birthdays – my own and others.
In fact, it’s been one of my favorite parts of being a mom – 2 new people to celebrate well. For my own birthday, I’ve embraced having one in December – sometimes celebrating Christmas as part of my own birthday. Last year, for example, we did Wine and Design.
So this year for my birthday on Dec. 14, I want to do something new – celebrate with you my new “business adventure” (that’s what I’m calling it) Career Savvy Linda.
I’ve really loved being a career coach and counselor for over 10 years. I’ve worked with countless people to help them take the next step in their career, articulate their strengths to create their own path, and grow in confidence to secure meaningful work.
Becoming a mom and feeling my world get smaller was a struggle. I didn’t want to miss out on my own career trajectory, but I was also unsure that path made sense anymore. I pulled back and reassessed with these key career questions. Perhaps they could help you too.
- What are my skills that I enjoy using most?
- What do I care about with regard to my work life?
- What are my core values that I need to have met in my work and life? (only top 3)
- What am I interested in and want to learn and grow in?
- What is my work style, personality quirks and lessons learned that clarify what I need in a work environment?
My own journey led me to leave full-time work in a physical career center. I got a job working remotely and part-time still in higher education doing coaching and programming for graduate students. We moved our family closer to my parents and siblings. And now that I’m out of the newborn stage of parenting, I’m launching out on my own to work more with moms who’ve experienced something similar and want to examine their own work, reevaluate what work looks like and are ready to make a transition either to part-time, contract, full-time with flexibility, remote work, or something else. If that’s you or someone you know – let me know!