Why have you chosen to join and stay involved in OCDA?
I find a lot of value in being an OCDA member! The professional development opportunities and the chances for networking top the list.
What do you most enjoy about career development work?
I enjoy the clients most, no question. I love meeting people from so many industries and phases of their work lives. It feels fun and rewarding to be a part of their career paths.
Tell us about the work you do.
I help people find more fulfillment in their work lives – whether that be in their current jobs, or discovering whole new career paths. This includes both career development (promotions, career planning, annual review prep, difficult conversations) as well as career transition (resume/cover letter/LinkedIn, networking, interviewing, negotiating).
More specifically, I help people identify what has been true about their contributions their entire work lives, regardless of their positions. Finding this common thread is key to communicating in genuine and compelling ways in search tools. This also provides guidance on career decision-making and creates a sense of solidity during the natural uncertainty of career change.
If you had to pick one favorite tool or resource you use regularly in your work with participants, what would it be and why?
For those that are open to it, I use astrology as a career assessment to bring awareness to gifts, preferences and potential challenges. Clients find it helpful due to its ability to reflect the incredible complexity of who we are, so people feel very seen and acknowledged. In addition, astrology provides a completely different perspective that can help people see challenging situations differently. It also respects the mystery in our work lives - even though there are lots of best practices in career development, there’s some things we just can’t explain or know. You can read more about my thoughts on astrology here, and I’m happy to answer any questions about it!
What's one interesting thing most people don't know about you?
In January of 2016 I did a weeklong silent retreat. It was a wonderful, hard, uplifting and annoying experience! Overall it helped me understand myself better, as well as shed light on my understanding of the world. It was intense, and totally worth it.