Beginnings Are a Bitch

Changing Careers – With little or no experience at the new career

Changing careers could be one of the best decisions you make in your life. It may also be one of the more difficult things you will do. Creating a self-inventory and doing some basic preparation can make a big difference in the way you view yourself and as a result how others see you. Here are five tips to help you weave your way through your transition.1. Focus on your "transferable skills." ...more

Taking the Plunge

I’m a stickler for stability.  I’ve always wanted to be more of a risk taker, a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of person, but it’s just not in my DNA.  A part of me is envious of people who are, but another part of me is glad I’ve spent years building a cushion on which to fall if I need it.  I went straight to work in a suit and heels after college, while many of my fellow graduates took time off to travel or “find themselves”.  I sort of wish I had taken a year to goof off, pay my rent with bartending tips, and keep my responsibilities to a minimum....more

Life Simplified

There is not, and never will be, anything more difficult than breaking away from the norm. Oh yes, it comes to some of us easier than others, but as a member of society (like it or not) society- otherwise known as "the norm"- influences what we do. The philipsphocal, social and moral arguments of the pros and cons of that reality are endless, and while its a fascinating conversation, I will leave that for another occasion simply because in a nutshell it is still the truth of life. ...more

Career on Ice

I put my career on ice a few years back.  I’m starting to thaw it out.Like a feast that was just too much to eat at one time, my career became too much to devour along with everything else on my plate.  I had to pack it up and put it away for later....more

What I learned from American Idol once I stopped pitching it....

Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen...more

My life was written on ten sheets of paper

I have a lot of interests and talents. I think I came to grips with this when I did an exercise in career analysis many years ago. I read the book "What Color is your Parachute?" a practical manual for job hunters and career changers. It's an annually revised book by Richard Bolles. The exercise I remember best was to take ten sheets of paper and write "Who Am I" on the top of each sheet. The exercise is to find out what your passions are and what you do well. At the time of the exercise I felt devoid of talents....more

Career Shift Happens: Coming Full Circle From Potter To Dean Back To Potter

The lyrics, "Love is better the second time around," could easily be ceramic artist Marion Angelica's theme song. After spending the first seven years after college trying to make it as a ceramic artist, Angelica gave up clay because she found the life of an artist isolating, she hated the business aspect of running a ceramic business and she needed to make more money. That was in the 70's. ...more

Ah, a dream come true. Too bad it took a third of her life to get there and even now it’s not ...more

My So-Called Spoken Life: Vol. 1

 Sometimes you get tired of reading, I get it. I'm about to make it a little easier on you....more

Should You Turn Down a Job Offer if You're Unemployed?

Last week I was at a networking meeting and one of the women there works as a recruiter helping match potential employers who have a need with people who need and want to work. You'd think in this economy and the corresponding levels of unemployment that she would be the holy grail for many. Not so. She explained that one of her biggest problems are people who come for interviews, get offered jobs, and then decide to decline because they would rather stay home and collect unemployment for a while. This situation has her nearly insane! ...more
I have two thoughts on this. First off, the person seeking employment, above all, needs to make ...more