Careers, Creativity and Connection – a New Blog from a Career Coach

How should I start off a  brand new blog as an experienced career coach?  The prospect is exciting… Intriguing… maybe a little intimidating… Part of me feels that the sky is the limit.    The other part of me asks what the worldwide community might be interested in on the topic of career development.

As a career coach who does career testing and exploration for high school and college students, and young adults  I know that the important thing in any endeavor is to begin with what you love..with who you really are.  I am going to follow that good advice.   If I start with who I am, visiting, chronicling, and discussing what I love, this blog will be an adventure for me…and I hope, interesting to others.

So what do I love? I am deeply committed to creativity, lifelong learning, collaboration and connection.  Finding that spark of interest in a young client and fanning the flame is a thrill.  I love assisting people in determining their key strengths and to see new possibilities.  I have been known as a “networking queen,”  and I love “net-weaving,” connecting others for their mutual gain.   Not just locally, but all over the country. Life-long learning is a passion for me. Sitting at a bookstore with everything from art and jewelry magazines, new and past beloved fiction, career and self development books, in piles on my table, is one of my greatest pleasures. Reading them is even better.

So, I commit to make this blog a chronicle of my adventures in the world of career planning and development.  I intend to highlight some of the amazing people I run across.  They might be my courageous clients who are willing to learn about themselves and to grow.  It could be about other coaches and helpers with interesting specializations, celebrities that I  meet or read about, or writers that intrigue me and say something that applies  to career development.  I will throw in what I know about the youth culture and careers. I also will talk about the hottest careers out there and why they are so promising.

I plan to highlight people’s strengths and passions, with an eye to how and why they have succeeded.   They might be students who connected with the perfect major, entrepreneurs who have done well against the odds, or career changers. I am guessing that I will see similar patterns as to what makes them a success.  I cannot wait to hear what others find of to be of interest and are willing to comment and collaborate about. I plan to bring in guest bloggers to learn their perspectives.   I am thinking that we could begin to develop our own definition of the elements of career success. So, please join me in this exploration!

One response on “Careers, Creativity and Connection – a New Blog from a Career Coach

  1. Amy Dean

    As a general rule, I am a bit impulsive and never know what I want next. I have been like this since I can remember, and I knew past a certain point in my life and career that I needed a bit of help in focusing on how to advance. As an example, I switched my major during my undergraduate five times, taking way longer than a traditional degree would to complete had I stayed in my original field of choice.

    As a result, I knew that I needed a bit of guidance, so I sought out an expert in the career field and found Linda Robinson. Linda has since been invaluable in helping me to see what I really wanted to achieve and how to get there.

    I first contacted Linda Robinson in the early 2000s, when I was graduating with my bachelor’s degree and trying to figure out my next step. Linda helped me greatly. She helped me to update my resume, which needed some serious TLC as I had worked in a variety of retail and veterinary fields at the time. She helped me to focus on the fact that education would be a good field for me to choose due to my degree in English and also my desire to help others. Her testing and advice proved that she was someone that I wanted to maintain contact with throughout my career path.

    Linda also helped me to create my cover letter for graduate school after landing my first “real” job. The letter, I can say in all honesty, helped me in my acceptance process. I have since edited the letter and added to it throughout the years, and I can state that it has contributed to every job that I have landed. I actually, as I am a teacher, use that and the resume that Ms. Robinson helped to create for my students in business writing courses.

    Linda is knowledgeable and helpful, and she will most certainly help you with finding the correct career path. She has done this for me consistently, and her ideas have often sparked new avenues and have led to new job opportunities that I did not consider before. She helped me to figure out my next steps when I was first beginning my professional career, and she continues to be of help as I move into different phases of my career path. I would highly recommend Linda Robinson for career testing, consulting, or a change in career.

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