1. Tell us a bit about yourself:
I'm a Professional Career Coach, Author and Speaker. I love working with multi-passionate and high-achieving clients who want to figure out their "thing" and what really gives them meaning in their career. For many multi-passionate people, finding a job that keeps them engaged, fulfilled, and earning their worth is a challenge. And it's exactly the challenge I love helping people solve! My coaching practice is centered around the concept of foresight. Foresight is the ability to envision the future you want to see come into fruition, and then taking action to build it. I host a podcast called Career Foresight that I use to inspire and equip people to live their life and pursue their careers with foresight.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was bailing cardboard in a warehouse as a teenager! :P But my first professional job was as a High School Program Director for a youth ministry. It gave me the opportunity to hone my public speaking skills, learn to develop programming and curriculum, manage a staff of volunteers, as well as give me lots of mentorship and coaching practice. I got the job by first showing my dedication and leadership skills as a volunteer. When the previous director moved away, I was asked to interview for the position.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
I spent several years working in the technology industry in communication and training roles. The fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the technology field was a blast for me. As a multi-passionate and ambitious person myself, I need that kind of environment to thrive. A big part of my role was training clients and our internal staff on how to use our products. I loved the coaching aspect of training and helping people solve their problems. Over time, I became really interested in learning how to help people with some of the biggest problems in their lives. To me, the problem of work dissatisfaction stuck out. It seemed like everywhere I turned people were talking about burn out or their frustration with their jobs. But so many of them felt stuck and unsure about what to do. I saw how this situation negatively affected every other aspect of their lives and I knew I wanted to help people change their situation.
So, I began a side project to help solve this problem. I researched and learned as much as I could about career happiness and how people experience meaning in their work. As I learned, I shared the takeaways on my blog and podcast. People began reaching out for help with their own careers, and I knew I'd found my sweet spot. I invested in Professional Career Coach training and launched my business!
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
To my younger self, I'd like to say, "Don't try to fit yourself into a mold that you think is expected of you for a given job. Bring your whole self, your strengths, interests and personal goals to the table. They are what will make you feel alive at work, and at the same time, indispensable."
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Professionally, I'd love to be working with businesses--coaching managers and leadership on how to create a culture of foresight that allows every employee to thrive. I understand there is a big disconnect between how the corporate world works and what many individuals need to have a fulfilled life. I want to play a role in healing this relationship. Personally, I want to root down and invest in my new city and home, Albuquerque, New Mexico. I hope to travel to new places and learn more about the world while spending most of my time with family and friends.
Stay connected with Jennifer!
Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/47Wfm
Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast