Jan 18

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog, Breakthrough Career Connections!  I am excited about using this channel to communicate with you and better yet, get your input regarding careers that you love, hate and that you have transitioned to from other areas.

I’ve been in the careers field for 16 years now, having had my own resume shop for nine and quickly transitioning into consulting and career management.  In that time, I have helped clients make successful transitions during some of the toughest years of the job market requiring certain sectors (such as the technology market a few years ago) to make drastic transitions.  What else can a person do who has been a "techie" their whole career?   How about a textile engineer who doesn’t want to travel to China on a regular basis?

So you can see that I have had some challenges in helping my clients not just survive, but thrive. Because my philosophy is that work is something we should do for fun, enrichment, and because it is our contribution to making the world a better place.  It should not be something we hate and have to count down the hours of a long 8-hour day.

I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way right now as we launch another New Year.  And what an exciting year it is looking to be!  The job market is hopping – the evidence is everywhere. Recruiters are coming out of the woodwork, my clients are getting jobs by posting their resumes online (wow, what a change), and companies are having trouble finding the best candidates, i.e. enter signing bonuses and great employment perks! 

So, for those of you out there who are thinking that this is the year to make that leap of faith to look for the career of your dreams, GO FOR IT!!!  There has never been a better time!  Your career breakthrough could involve transitioning to a whole new field or perhaps involve your breakthrough to discovering what it takes to take your existing career to a new level, to get a promotion or find another area within your company to transition to. Whatever it is, I am hoping that this forum will draw you in and get you psyched by reading about the experiences of those who have made a successful career transition.  Their experiences, in addition to my expertise, should inspire you to take on the challenge.

My plan for this blog is to share examples on a regular basis of successful career transitions, so I will describe a specific career and more importantly share how the transition became a breakthrough for the individual.

I decided to change the name of my business to "Breakthrough" Connections because I just love the concept of breakthrough.  A breakthrough is something that propels us to a higher level of experience, of learning, or growing and becoming the best we can be.  In my business, as a Life Coach with a specialization in Career Transitions, I am so grateful to be able to provide the spark that ignites individual breakthroughs, in career discovery, in job search success, in successful transitions.  So, the theme of this blog will be breakthroughs, and I am really looking forward to hearing your breakthrough experiences in your life, both from a career standpoint or any other aspect of your life that you would like to share.

Stay tuned, coming up I will share with you my recent breakthrough day! 

Jan 18

Ever had a breakthrough day? A day where inspiration is the theme and new ideas are springing up faster than you can write them down? I had such a day last weekend and it followed a coach training session where I was assigned an exercise of letting go of all preconceived ideas and engaging in free form thinking. Nothing particularly insightful emerged at the time of the exercise, but two days later the dam broke and creativity poured forth. I had some truly “outside the box” ideas for my business, as well as some other issues in my life that I was working on.

Breakthrough thinking is the cornerstone of my coaching practice and coaching is a great vehicle to elicit breakthroughs. Particularly as it relates to finding a new career or taking your career to a higher level, being open to new possibilities is key to finding the way.

Are you experiencing the desire to find something more joyful, fulfilling or meaningful to do with your life? Have you surfed online looking at new jobs and fantasized about stepping into a new career, or perhaps starting your own business, only to fall back to the same old rut out of fear or financial dependency?

I would like to invite any of you who are reading this blog who have made a successful career transition to write in and share with all of us what your experience was like. How did you discover your new career choice, and how did you make the transition happen? It’s not an easy thing to do and I commend those of you who have done it successfully. Your insights and experiences can help others who are out there “on the fence” and give them the courage to “go for it.”

In upcoming posts, I’ll share with you some examples of successful transitions that I have had the honor or coaching. Many are not what you would expect, and it goes to show you that it is not WHAT it is as much as HOW you make it happen.

Stay tuned …..

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