I was never one of those kids who knew she wanted to be a doctor or lawyer. At some point, I thought about both – being a psychiatrist or business lawyer. I hate the sight of blood so medical school was out and I am not a good test taker and the Bar Exam intimidated me. I always loved to read and write, talk to people, and help people. I was career guiding people long before I became a coach.
For years, people asked me to review their resumes and help with job interviews. I was coaching people with their value statements and their messaging long-before I launched my own company.
I read a recent article in INC. Not Sure What to Do With Your Life? Richard Branson Says Start by Asking These 2 Simple Questions
Branson offers a straightforward program for those who aren’t sure what they want to be when they grow up that reminded me of why I became a journalist eventually a communications strategist, content writer and coach.
While I was in college, I read a book called, I Could Do Anything if I Knew What it Was by Barbera Sher. I also read another book called What Color is Your Parachute. I was trying to figure out my career. The premise was to go back to your childhood and think about what you loved to do as a kid. I thought about how much I loved the library, reading as many books as possible I could over the summer break. I also kept a journal of poems, stories, and jingles. I have always loved to write. I love story telling.
I have a sister who used to collect the brochures at the annual International Auto Show every year and play car salesman when she got home. Today, she sells mortgages as the owner of York Financial.
Another sister used to put makeup on our dolls and cut their hair, today she is an independent hairdresser and makeup consultant with Arbonne.
Today, I enjoy interviewing people and learning about them. My career path has led me into owning my own company focusing on communications and coaching. At Epiphany Communications & Coaching I use many tools like Gallup Strengths Assessment which helps my clients identify their natural talents.
We go back to our childhood much like the INC. article referenced and to see what we really like to do and what we don’t like to do. In Gallup our top 34 includes the bottom 10, the skills that we are not so good at doing and we learn about to manage them.
When you are thinking about a career change, transition or are in college trying to figure out what to study, it would benefit you to start with what you are naturally gifted to do and what you enjoy doing.
I look for tools to help me to do my job more efficiently and to help my clients do the same. It’s the reason why I love using Calendly. I can focus on my Communications skills and allow tools to do other jobs for me that I don’t like doing such as managing my calendar.