In our 14 years of counseling individuals in their career and leadership development, we found that each individual is born with a talented mind. Individuals yearn to be filled with a sense of hope as they pursue career paths that are more fulfilling. Individuals often wonder if there is more to life than simply showing up for their job
In our professional practice, we discovered that as individuals, we each long for greater self-awareness and a pathway to authentication. We hope for a deeper understanding of “what” we are naturally good at. We also want to know “how” we can use our inborn gifts in a way that expresses our uniqueness, and offers a pathway in life that impacts the lives of others. This is accomplished by engaging in a process of self-reflection, leading to self-clarity. This enhances self-esteem, and promotes self-efficacy, all of which elevates levels of hopefulness.
Problem: Lopez and Sidhu (2023) of the Gallop organization found that over 69% of the workforce is disengaged with their work. Grasgreen (2013)argues the principle reason for this that only 28.3% of adults graduating college had the opportunity to (1) define a clear career path and or (2) find a mentor to guide them. Developmentally, this results in their becoming disengaged or disconnected with the work they do. This disconnect leads to their feeling depleted, that something is missing, and the sense that they are feeling "stuck" in their current job.
Solution: From our graduate research and 14 years of professional career development experience, we have learned that our clients yearn to discover four basic things about themselves:
"What" gifts (abilities) or competencies are we born with?
"How" can these be identified and developed to support distinctive career pathways you are hard-wired to thrive in?
Are we wasting our talent? If so, what other career paths can tap into your innate abilities?
Does "what" you do in life matter or is it just a job?
Attitude -> Emotions-> Behavior The solution to this problem begins with a process of self-discovery, which leads to tangible solutions that elevate a sense of hope. Developmentally, it transforms "what" we think (attitude), informs "why" what we do has a sense of purpose or feels right (emotions), which impacts "how" we either react or respond to stressors and others we encounter on our journey in life (behavior).
Our Mission: As a Board Certified Counselor and professional in career development, my mission is to work with individuals in the discovery of "what" makes them exceptional. This process empowers them to confidently express their individuality in the world of work.
I want those I counsel to discover "who" they are, "why" their interests/passions are a reflection of themselves, and "how" their inherent abilities will support them in fulfilling a professional life that truly matters. It is about re-framing an attitudinal approach to living that is hope-filled and purpose driven. Ultimately, what individuals hope for is an avocation that feels less like work and more like their engaging in "what" they are called to do in life.
2. Grasgreen, A. (2013). College grads less engaged in work than those with less education, survey finds. Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education News, Events and Jobs. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/18/college-grads-less-engaged-work-those-less-education-survey-finds
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