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Episode 13. Brilliance not required: Fatimah Williams

2020-04-08T07:15:41+00:00March 24th, 2020|

Ep 13: Brilliance not required: Fatimah Williams “You are so smart.” Most high achievers have heard others describe them this way since their youth. As a career transition professional, I wondered how being smart may be getting in the way of high achievers trying new interests, developing new skills sets and exploring career possibilities. I found a few answers in Mindset by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.  Dweck challenges high achievers - and the people who educate and parent them - to rethink our praise for natural ability over continuous, dedicated effort. When we expect to be intrinsically good at a subject, methodology, or even a new job, we settle into a fixed mindset which can produce anxiety, feelings of personal inadequacy and even project abandonment -- all because we don’t excel at a new area right from the start.  In [...]

Episode 12: Are you feeling free? with Priscilla Jabouin

2020-03-09T11:16:58+00:00March 10th, 2020|

Ep 12:  Are you feeling free? with Priscilla Jabouin Let’s face it, career transition is often accompanied by discomfort. This episode, Priscilla Jabouin (The Dream Career Expert) and I discuss how stretching beyond your comfort zone is a normal and necessary part of the journey toward change. Priscilla discusses what is needed to achieve authenticity in life: “Are you fully expressed? Are you feeling free? Are you feeling empowered?” (20:30). All three of these are needed to achieve real authenticity. Too often career explorers are closed off when it comes to the possibilities of what they could be doing in their professional life. Priscilla emphasizes the importance of making a total mindset change in order to open yourself up to the possibilities of finding fulfillment meaning in your career. As an international workshop presenter, university career counselor and advanced [...]

Episode 11: Getting Creative When One Career Does Not Capture All Your Interests and Skills: Sophia Johnson

2020-02-25T11:29:37+00:00February 25th, 2020|

Ep 11: Getting Creative When One Career Does Not Capture All Your Interests and Skills: Sophia Johnson After finishing graduate school, Econ PhD Sophia felt lost. She had no clue what direction she wanted to take her professional life. In this episode, we discuss how career coaching and self-exploration helped her to recognize her successes and believe in what she had accomplished. Sophia shares how she started to understand the patterns in her life, and how she came to view her worth as independent of her degree.    Sophia is an advocate of saying yes to different types of experiences instead of sitting on the sideline waiting for the perfect professional opportunity. This mindset landed her her own cable TV show where she expresses the many facets of her creativity, intellectual interests and skills outside of her 9-5.  Dr. [...]

Episode 10: Navigating culture shock in a new career: Mieka Polanco

2020-03-02T16:30:31+00:00February 16th, 2020|

Ep 10: Navigating culture shock in a new career: Mieka Polanco Mieka Polanco holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, and has recently transitioned from academia to international development. As an academic, Dr. Mieka Polanco wrote and taught about punishment, juvenile justice, and mass incarceration. In development, she focuses on social disparities, and ensuring that aid programming is attentive to marginalized and vulnerable populations. In this episode, Mieka shares how a professional fellowship at a government organization served as a stepping stone to test the waters for a bigger career change. When Mieka made the transition from academia into government work, she was shocked by the differences in the professional culture and was often accused by colleagues as being too academic. We discuss how she learned to negotiate with different stakeholders and found space to practice honest, rigorous research. Mieka [...]

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