After months of deliberation, lots of prayer, and no shortage of beta-testing, I’m thrilled to announce the official launch of a new Career Exploration service!
This service is one that I’ve been wanting to launch for months, but was honestly hesitant to shout about openly. Sure, I’ve been providing informal career exploration services for years, but the fact remains that I do not have a degree in career counseling. Some people really get hung up on the letters after your name, don’t they?
After a lot of thought, however, I realized something. I don’t have a specialized degree, true. But what I do bring to the table is a profound interest in professional identity, a passion for individuals who feel lost in their careers, a background that allows me to serve across various professional industries, and the tools to support job seekers with excellence. So no, I’m not a licensed career counselor. But I feel called and equipped to serve others as they work to unearth their professional identities, and I believe I am uniquely gifted to facilitate that process.
So let’s dive right in!
Who is this service for?
Career Exploration might be for you if these statements resonate with you:
“I don’t like what I do, but I don’t know what to do instead.”
“I feel stuck in my career.”
“I don’t see an opportunity to move up from this position.”
“My boss asked me about my dream job, and I have no idea how to answer.”
“I have no idea what I want to do, but I’m ready to figure it out.”
Defining your professional identity and specific career objectives can lead to increased motivation in your current role, as well as momentum for the steps to get you where you want to be. Anyone looking for direction in their career—entry-level, C-suite officer, and everything in between—might benefit from the Career Exploration process.
What does the process look like?
If you’re wincing at the prospect of time-consuming assessments and binders full of charts, fear not! While I will be the first to admit that assessments are useful tools in career exploration, I prefer an approach that leans toward conversational, targeted self-reflection. After all, the goal is to define the professional you and your unique career objectives—not to fit you into a convenient, binder-friendly category.
Every interaction will begin with a conversation to determine your context and goals for the process. From there, the process is completely customizable according to your preferences.
Here’s what an example process could look like following the initial consultation:
You reflect and pick the Top 5-10 highlights from your professional history
We discuss those highlights, and I ask a bunch of questions
You select 4-6 professional and personal individuals that you trust
I prepare a survey that you share with those individuals in order to solicit feedback about you as a person and as a professional
I share a report with you with feedback from the survey as well as insights from our conversation about your professional history
I facilitate conversations that allow us to explore the components of your professional future, like job environment, responsibilities, knowledge areas, etc.
We wrap up by exploring career opportunities that capture all of your “must-haves”
Because of the conversational nature of the process, I prefer to meet clients face-to-face. “Unsupervised homework” like targeted self-reflection allows me to facilitate a rich conversation while also reducing costs on your end.
Speaking of investment…
How much will this cost?
If you do a little Googling, you’ll find that career coaching services can run anywhere from $200 to $500 per session. Personally, I find this to be an exorbitant fee! Because I own my own business, work from home, and have minimal overhead expenses, I can keep my rates much lower than a traditional agency or career center.
My pricing strategy for Career Exploration is the same as pricing for my other services: I charge by the hour, and I only charge for time spent on your behalf. I keep my rates crazy-low (seriously, ask my clients!) to ensure that services are accessible for everyone. Yes, everyone, including anyone who is transitioning out of unemployment.
If you’re concerned about fitting this service into your budget, let me know and we will absolutely find a solution that works for you.
In the beta-testing of this service, I learned that it is one of the most fulfilling and impactful services that I could possibly offer. The opportunity to walk with my clients through a period of professional uncertainty is a true honor. It is a joy to explore with you, to dig into your professional life and see what we find. I delight in the moments when the lightbulbs switch on, when you uncover new possibilities and develop a deeper understanding of yourself as a professional.
If you or someone you know might benefit from a Career Exploration process, contact me today to get started. I’m excited to hear from you!