Spotlight Series: Meet Career Fulfillment and Accountability Coach Keana Santos

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Keana Santos and I was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA. I'm a 9-5 Escapee turned Career Fulfillment and Accountability Coach. I love helping millennials find their purpose and realigning it with a job they actually enjoy waking up on Monday morning for. I also hold driven professionals accountable and develop organization and structure to optimize their time so they can make their dreams come alive quicker! When I'm not at a coffee shop helping my clients achieve their goals, you can find me at a gym, sports game, or eating....yet, sometimes you can't find me because I'm still in my pajamas cuddled with a warm blanket watching The Office or Friends for the bazillionth time ;)

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

My first job was a recruiter for a startup company that serviced food trucks to big corporations (which honestly, has NOTHING to do with what I got my college degree in). During my third year in college, I realized I didn't like what I was studying, but after being this far along and in so much debt, I decided to finish with a Kinesiology Degree. My intention was to become an Athletic Trainer. After graduating, I didn't know what to do, but a family friend who was working at a startup said they were growing fast and offered me a job as a recruiter. Networking really is important and helpful for job searching!

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

Since I graduated college (5 years ago, wow!) I've held 3 jobs - a Recruiter, a Fitness Manager, and a Chiropractic Assistant/Sales turned Office Manager. The longest I've stayed at a job was 2 years. Whenever I started a new job, I'd get those butterflies - a sense of feeling like this place is the most amazing thing! But it always ended the same: the "honeymoon phase" would slowly dissipate and I'd find myself unmotivated, unappreciated, and very very confused. My last job taught me a lot about myself - my strengths, weaknesses, things I liked to do and others I dreaded doing.

I was always the go-to person and have a knack for efficiency, organization, vision, and self-development. I slowly began to realize that I was getting tired of building someone else's dream. I was tired always going above and beyond and only getting a thank you when I asked for one. I knew my strengths, talents, and passions and decided to do something about it. I hired my first coach, and within 4 months of sessions, I quit my job and started helping others find their sense of purpose and empowerment at a job they love.

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

I would have told my younger self to do the damn thing! Looking back, it amazes me how many days I moped around and complained about something- counting down the days at work until the weekend, pushing what I wanted to do aside and do something someone else wanted me to do. Instead, I was too scared to try something new because of failure, and so on. Although I'm happy where I am and the experiences I've had, I can't help but think how much further I'd be if I wasn't scared and took action instead of complaining.

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

In 5 years, I will have the cutest little house and have started a family. I hope I help many people around the world and have the opportunity to travel and speak to student-athletes at colleges and high schools about career opportunities, options, and development trainings. I also hope to organize monthly discovery retreats in different states and countries for people ready to make a huge life or career shift!

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