Small Shifts Lead to Big Changes
I knew I wanted change! My job was emotionally and physically draining – I had to be “on” 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Although I enjoyed being in a leadership role, I felt like there were no opportunities for career growth or upward movement where I was.
Looking for Direction and Feeling Stuck
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay in the industry or transition out of it. Because my master’s degree is so specific, I didn’t know what else was out there for me with my skill set.
I applied for a lot of jobs on my own. I spent a lot of time on my resume and cover letters but I wasn’t getting any responses and I was getting really discouraged. I needed direction and assistance and and I wanted to know what options were available to me instead of this black hole of applying endlessly online.
My husband suggested I try out a career coach. He was sick and tired of hearing from me and thought a coach could offer me a non-biased sounding board. I interviewed quite a few career coaches before narrowing it down to Cardy Career Coaching. I connected with Alison right away because she understood what it was like to be a young professional.
Regaining Clarity and Confidence
My coach promoted my own creative thinking and gave me the tools to deep dive into my interests. Through the process, I realized that I didn’t need to transition out of my industry – I just needed a new setting.
The coaching also gave me confidence with the job search that I didn’t have before. I was much more prepared for the interviews and to negotiate my salary. Through the coaching, I learned that if you sell yourself short, over a lifetime it’s a lot of money! I really leveraged that when negotiating with my employer. As a result, I was able to negotiate an extra $16,000 USD from the original offer and I feel it was because of the tools I was given. Today, I’m confident and relieved that the transition I made was the right one.