Spotlight Series: Meet Career Coach Crystal Pratt

1. Tell us a bit about you...

I am extremely passionate about helping people find their divine purpose in life, and transitioning that into their careers. Often times, as adults, we get so caught up in paying bills, going to work, taking care of our families, etc., that we forget (or have no idea!) what our true career calling is. I was once such a person, both unhappy and imprisoned by a paycheck. Now, I possess an indescribable peace and zest for life, meeting and assisting people from around the globe as they attempt to find theirs. I absolutely love it!

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

My first job was at a smoothie shop called Carolina Smoothies. I was a cashier and smoothie maker. It was within walking distance from my house, so I simply went in and applied one day after school. I was totally stoked to mimic the life of an adult by having a job and earning money! To this day, I do not drink alcohol, yet I am a total smoothie fanatic. Mango, strawberry/banana, and peanut butter/chocolate, you name it! Thanks to Carolina Smoothies, I wouldn't dare pay retail prices for such a drink. I'm often too busy making creations in my own kitchen.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

I would've never thought in a million years that I would become a Certified Career Coach. After high school, I set my eyes on becoming a music producer and scoffed at the idea of attending college. My mother (a longtime employee of a local college), asked my college attending neighbor to help change my mind. He did and was quite convincing, so I went. I eventually changed my major from Music to Mass Communications in hopes of becoming a big time marketing/advertising executive for Essence Magazine. After graduating and working in these industries (minus the Essence part), I begin to hate and despise my job. I was making great money, yet I was unfulfilled. As destiny would have it, the economy tanked and I was impacted by company-wide layoffs. Essentially, I was finally free! Eventually, I found myself working as a college recruiter and advisor. It was there that I found my true love, my calling, and my destiny, of helping others discover their own passions and utilizing it within their careers.

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

I would have advised that my younger self enjoy life more. I was so serious (and somewhat still is), determined, and goal-oriented, that I often didn't appreciate the moment by being too busy in search of the goal. Now, whenever I want to travel to the beach on a whim, or indulge in that extra fudge chocolate chip brownie, I go for it. Whatever makes me happy, I go for it because I deserve it!

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

In 5 years, I will have transitioned my career coaching practice into one that offers spiritual and holistic healing. As an empath, clairvoyant, clairsentient, prophetic dreamer, and lover of crystal's (go figure!), I can't wait to utilize such skills to help others in a more in-depth capacity. Personally, by then, I hope to have little ones running around, chanting positive affirmations, and learning to be of service to others, just like mommy.

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