People find their way to my office because they are in some kind of pain about their work. They have assessed themselves as stifled, bored, burned out, profoundly disappointed, underemployed, overworked and usually very fearful about the future. In other words, they are in career pain. Most often they have carried this pain alone for a long time before arriving at my door.
It is widely acceptable in our culture at this time in our history to seek professional help with medical, dental, psychological, legal and financial difficulties, but there is a significant disconnect when it comes to asking for help with career and life choices. “I can figure this out myself. Why should I pay for professional help when I have friends and family who can help for free?”
The fact is that we are living in a rapidly changing global marketplace, which is entirely unprecedented. All the “rules” have been changed without our permission. It is no wonder that we are a seriously disoriented marketplace. The employer who was supposed to take care of its employees for life and provide a fat retirement no longer exists. Social roles are blurred, families are fractured, and career paths are fraught with blocks, detours and danger signs.
Managing life in such turbulent times is perilous at best. The timeless questions of the self tend to be lost in the din. Who are you? What do you love? What are your gifts and talents? What do you care about? What do you want? These are questions not easily explored alone.
I am uniquely qualified to be of significant help in this regard. I have an MA in Counseling Psychology, a Masters of Divinity, and many years experience in business. My passion is the “career conversation.” Most recently I completed an intensive two-year Business Professionals Course with Hecht & Associates in Silicon Valley. I have been a career professional for the past 12 years, and the unusual breadth and depth of my innovative approach to career and life planning consistently yields powerful results.
The following “blisstories” tell the tale of many people who - by exploring and answering the questions of the self and allowing them to direct or redirect their actions – have moved themselves out of career pain and into career satisfaction. This is what I call “bliss” – the sense of being fully alive in one’s life and work. What “blisstory” might your life tell?