1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Ali Stewart, and I am the Founder/Soul Career Coach for Career Catcher, LLC, which is an intuitive career coaching service dedicated to helping early-career professionals find their spark and fulfill their life purpose through customized career guidance and soul healing. I am different from most career coaches in that I take a holistic approach to career coaching by addressing the client as an entire being – mind, body, and spirit. In addition to helping clients discover their unique talents and gifts, I focus on healing any mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages, clearing the path for my clients to manifest their dreams and create the perfect career aligned with their true, divine self. When your work is meaningful, then everything else just falls into place, and you embody the authentic, balanced, and fulfilled life you were meant to live. I love being able to help others work through obstacles and find their way to career enlightenment!
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was an HR Coordinator role with a mortgage company in Dallas, Texas. I was
initially hired for a 3-week temp assignment to help organize a health fair for the company, but it turned into a permanent position for the next two years. I would listen to the recruiter speak to candidates on the phone and was always intrigued by her role. She ended up leaving the company, so I asked to take on her responsibilities, which is how I began my career in recruiting! I was fortunate to have a fantastic manager who mentored me and taught me how to recruit.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
I continued recruiting for the next 13 years, sourcing and interviewing candidates from executive to entry-level for organizations across all industries. I worked for incredible companies, was consistently promoted, and was making good money. However, I was feeling so unhappy and lifeless. I felt stuck and couldn’t figure out why or how to change. I decided to focus on the parts of my job that I loved, which were coaching candidates on interviewing, rewriting their resumes, and guiding them throughout the entire recruiting process. I discovered an unmet need for career coaching and knew this was the next step in my career.
As I was doing some major soul searching regarding my career path, I also realized I was missing spirituality in my life. I always felt spiritual and creative as a younger person but seemed to lose that connection as I focused on climbing my way up the corporate ladder and keeping up with the Joneses. The question I constantly pondered was, ‘What is my purpose here on this Earth?’ I connected the dots and realized that having a career that aligned with my soul purpose would provide the meaning and fulfillment I was missing and craving.
I was on a mission to figure out my purpose, so I started meditating and taking classes at the local metaphysical stores, which led me to Reiki healing. I signed up for a Reiki session and was amazed at how much just one 2-hour session cleared out old emotional baggage I had been carrying around since childhood. I felt so much lighter, calmer, and had an overall sense of wellbeing. I felt a calling to become a Reiki practitioner myself so that I could help heal others of physical and emotional pain and help them experience the freedom and peace I did after receiving the spiritually guided life force energy.
I received my Reiki I & II certifications and soon after became a Reiki Master/Teacher, which has been one of the most beautiful and incredible gifts I have ever been given. After becoming certified, I began administering Reiki to myself and was finally able to heal and overcome years of deep, painful wounds caused by traumatic experiences in my past. Through my own healing experiences and healing others, I finally knew in my heart that my purpose here on Earth is to be a healer.
The Soul Career Catcher Program combines both the healing needed to find and pursue a career path that aligns with your soul purpose and career coaching, including resume/LinkedIn/cover letter development and job searching (i.e. interviewing, networking) guidance.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
The best career advice I received was from my dad, who served as an Officer in the military and worked as a VP for a billion-dollar food production company and a CFO for an insurance company. Whenever I was stressing out about making a career change or moving to a new city or taking on a new adventure, he always told me that you never know unless you try. You don’t want to look back and wonder, what if? You will never regret trying. And he was right! Before he passed away a couple of years ago, he also said that he worried about all the wrong things, which prevented him from living his life to the fullest. So many people want to follow their hearts and pursue a new career path, but fears and worries hold them back. You never know unless you try, though! No matter the outcome, you will always learn and grow from the experience. And it could turn out to be the best decision you ever made! Follow your heart, and you will never go wrong.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Our world is shifting, and people are awakening. The days of being in an unfulfilling job are over. People are seeking something more and feeling the desire to connect to their spirituality. My goal with Career Catcher is to reach as many people as possible at the beginning of their professional lives and provide them with the healing and guidance they need to start their careers off on the right foot and quickly achieve the blissful, joyful, and meaningful life they were meant to live.
I am currently working on creating Career Catcher Academy, which will provide online courses and eBooks for purchase by March 2020. I also plan on expanding my social media presence by creating a course through Facebook and a YouTube channel with free videos on career-related topics. I am a life-long learner and will continue my spiritual and intuitive development and education to provide my clients with the most effective healing practices available.
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