What do chocolate, knives, and career counseling have in common?
Before starting my career coaching business, I served as VP of Marketing for Dove Chocolate Discoveries, the direct selling division of Mars Chocolate—yes we were surrounded by delicious temptation–and as Director of External Relations and Academic Programs, for Vector Marketing, the company that sells Cutco Cutlery. Under my leadership, Vector became one of the largest private recruiters of college students in the US. And, because I am a career geek, I personally counseled hundreds of those students as they pursued their early careers.
Taking risks can be transformative.
I know this from personal experience. Three years ago I made the leap from a high-stress, high-demand, executive marketing role, to my own entrepreneurial venture. This may not be the right path for everyone but there is never a wrong time to look inside, assess, and go for what you really want.
When it comes to our work, our careers, it’s okay – it’s RIGHT – to ask yourself, “is this where I want to be?”
You are so much more than the qualifications needed to do the job.
My philosophy is that we each have a “portfolio” of knowledge, skills, talents, and traits that evolve from our life experiences and enhance the degrees and certifications we have. Together these make up our career portfolio. Like a stock portfolio, we should invest our career portfolio with care.
One thing I know for sure: Whether it’s a first job, a career change, or a new employer these changes can be daunting and it helps to have guide.