Fireman – that is what my career assessment said I should be… All 5’3”, 100 pounds of me (I was 17, mind you)! Needless to say I could have used some professional help in my career planning. However, I made my way. My way included transferring colleges, trying to change majors (I stayed with my original psychology pursuits when credits wouldn’t transfer), dropping out of college, working a low paying administrative job, realizing I couldn’t do that forever, going back to school, completing my degree, pursuing sales, securing a recruiter job and the rest, as they say, is history. I made it! I landed a job I loved, making good money; a career that suited my strengths (and weaknesses) with tons of opportunities. It only took me eight years and more money than I care to admit (there should definitely be PhD letters behind my name for what I spent). There had to be an easier way… there is an easier way!
I’m frustrated to see young adults making the same mistakes I did; after all these years we still don’t prepare our children to select a meaningful career. We (the collective we) put so much time, energy, effort and money into preparing them to get into college but once they are there we say “okay, figure it out”. As I tried to “figure it out”, I made numerous fruitless trips to guidance counselors and deans of programs in which I was interested. What I needed was to explore, truly explore myself and the world around me. I needed an in-depth understanding of what I liked, disliked and what that meant to my future profession. I needed to understand what I wanted, what it would take to get there, the pros and cons, etc. I needed a mentor, a coach, an expert to guide me through this enormous decision.
So, after 20 years of helping people build their careers I’m going to help young adults launch their careers. I’m taking those 20 years of lessons learned, insights and expertise to help young adults explore themselves and a world of possibilities. I’m going to help them figure out what they want and how to make it happen. I’m beyond excited to be that mentor, coach, and expert!
With this first post my talented colleague and friend, Sara Wegmann-Krider, and I start the next phase of our career journey. As founding members of Career Prep we believe thoughtful self-exploration ensures long term career satisfaction and success. Our goal is to help students make meaningful career choices and give them the skills to obtain a great first job. Please take part in this journey by following our blog. We will provide insights, thoughts and information on developing the careers of young adults. Until next time…