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Another Take on Passion

2018-10-02T02:29:29+00:00March 3rd, 2014|

You saw my last post on why "follow your passion" may not be the best advice for PhD Career Explorers. Here's another guy's take on the same topic. He goes into the research behind what it takes to do the work you love. I'm just so glad that someone is disrupting this "passion" narrative; it's been driving me nuts. Here's Cal Newport: "Follow Your Passion" is Bad Advice

8 hr time difference

2018-10-02T02:29:29+00:00February 25th, 2014|

I just got off a Skype call with a client who is currently finishing up dissertation writing while in the field in Kenya. She has an awesome research project and some big ideas about how to apply her research by working at a nonprofit, international organization, or think tank. I learned two things from her today: First, a career transition is much less traumatic - and can even be fun- when you give yourself ample time. It's February and her target for landing her dream job is June. She has lots of time to implement the strategies we discussed to build her network, network with people in her target industry and field, and perfect her resume. Second, not even an eight hour time difference could stand in the way of her getting the information she needed. We coordinated by email and met [...]

Taking a deep dive

2018-10-02T02:29:29+00:00February 22nd, 2014|

Options4Success! Career Exploration Program enters Module 2 this week. We're taking a deep dive into skills common among graduate students and PhDs, professional skills required in today's job market, and how to enhance skills. What skills would you like to develop to make you more marketable in nonacademic careers? What resources are available at your university that can support your skills building?

“Follow Your Passion” – Bad Advice?

2018-10-02T02:29:29+00:00February 17th, 2014|

Anyone who coaches with me knows that I'm not one of those "identify your passion then drop everything to do what you love" type of coaches.  I believe that it's important to find enjoyment in what you do, but all too often the "follow your passion" mantra is an excuse to give up on a tough task or job or fuel for pumped-up hopes that we'll find a market or job for what we love.  The mantra also assumes that you already know what you are passionate about or that you've already had contact with the thing you're passionate about. This message is particularly important for career changers and their coaches.  "Follow your passion" advice assumes that you can dig deep enough in yourself to determine your next job or career.  Career changing is introspective work.  It's full of reinvention and figuring [...]

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