Career Coaching for Women in Midlife
Women need a plan B. Life is uncertain. What are you going to do to make a living, make a difference, save for retirement and maybe even have fun while you are doing it? Do you want a job that fulfills your need for meaning and purpose, earns you money or both?
Are you a:
- Single mom unemployed or underemployed re-entering the work force?
- Recently divorced or other major life transition and not sure what to do to make a living and save enough for retirement.
- Corporate women who wish to be self-employed or switch sectors but not sure what to do.
- Ready for a career change to find meaning and purpose, make a difference and/or work that aligns with their values and who they are now.
- Woman in midlife or beyond who is ready to reinvent herself at work.
My expertise is in supporting you to find work you love to do that is in alignment with who you are and empowering women, perhaps just like you, to reinvent themselves at midlife and beyond. I love supporting women in changing careers or re-entering the work force. I want you to find meaning and purpose and fully use your gifts and talents in a work environment you love. The practical part of me also realizes that sometimes women just need to make as much money as possible to pay the bills or to make retirement possible or even in retirement.
You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.
What We Will Do
Together we will work on these three areas:
- The Inner Work. Clarity, getting clear on who you are and what you want.
- Confidence Building Tools. Confidence, so you are not held back by fear, self-doubt and that nagging inner voice.
- The Outer Work. Preparation. Putting yourself out in the world takes courage, courage to move forward to create the career and life you want. It takes courage to believe in yourself and to see yourself as successful and gainfully employed.
As a career coach, what do I do? First, there is the inner work, gaining clarity in who you are, what you want, your values, gifts and talents, what you love and what drains you and what gives you energy. You may be doing the work you do to please your parents, peers, friends or spouses. My clients often come because they want to gain clarity in what they want to do next. Many want to skip this step. How can you find the ideal career if you haven’t taken the time to know you? You are unique! What is your brand?
Confidence Building Tools
The second part of the inner work is confidence building. Based on life circumstances you might have lost confidence in your ability to succeed and to trust yourself to know what you want and what is best for you. You may also doubt your ability to succeed. You may see yourself as less competent than others or have been plagued with the Imposter Syndrome. Most of my clients are more talented and capable than they give themselves credit for but fear gets in their way. We also focus on having the courage to go for your dreams. You’ll develop or enhance your emotional intelligence (EQ) skills. We’ll talk about how you sabotage yourself with your inner critic, perfectionism and desire to please.
The Outer Work: Preparation
Putting the information and self-knowledge you have gained from doing your inner work and confidence building, we’ll define what you are looking for. What do you want to do? What is the corporate (or organizational) culture that is the best fit for you? Do you want to work full or part time or even choose volunteer work? Will you need additional training or to brush up on existing skills? How do you deal with conflict? Face it, reinventing yourself at midlife can be scary.
With this self-knowledge, clarity, confidence, courage and new tools in hand, you are now ready to pursue your new career and find your dream job.
Are You Searching For Meaning and Purpose?
At midlife, you are no longer who you were before. You have changed. Your life has changed. What gives your life meaning and purposes changes, also.
Major Overhaul or Small Tweaks?
Perhaps you would benefit from a major life overhaul. But my experience as a life and relationship coach has led me to realize that for most people minor tweaks can make a huge difference. Some clients have found that minor changes make a big difference and others have discovered they were not too old to have a grand adventure and major life change.
We want to make a difference. We want to do it in a way that is true to our values, our gifts and talents. We want to discover meaning and purpose and live in a way that in every way, fits and fulfills us. Getting clear on what we want instead of what others want for us and then having the courage and the confidence to go after it, is a major determinate of how happy and satisfied we are with ourselves at midlife and beyond.
Discover your meaning and purpose and own your magnificence!
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