Career & Academic Concerns

What do you want to be when you grow up?  We are typically asked this question as a child.  This challenging question is now being asked across your life when more than likely, you will have multiple jobs vs. remaining in one company for your career.  The "answer" to this question is further complicated by our personal and family members' expectations, educational opportunities.  Millenials are often asked, "What is your passion?"  This creates the expectation that you must be enthusiastic about going to work every day.  

The Bay Area has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (approximately 3%).  A low unemployment rate coincides with a competitive job market, requiring high-level degrees and skills.  There are also a wide variety of career-paths to explore, which may make it even more difficult to choose an area of focus.  There is also the societal perception that one must "find your passion."  As a result, many people go from job-to-job or academic program-to-academic program searching for the right fit with their goals and personality.  However, this can be a very challenging task, particularly if you have difficulty establishing short- and long-term goals.  
It is notable that career and academic issues also interact with diversity-related factors (e.g., cultural).  For example, your family may want you to become a Doctor and you want to be an Artist in Graphic Design.  

There are also individuals that do reach their goals,  but have difficulty completing projects, and meeting the demands set forth by their job or university.  It is one thing to obtain a job, and another to maintain it.  

Contact me to further explore career paths and barriers to following a specific career path. We can create a Strategic Employment Plan, exploring opportunities to follow up on and identifying your values and job preferences.

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