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What's a Career?

I’m curious about how you define a career.

Is it,

1. the way you make a living and create meaning over the course of your life, whether or not you change occupation/ profession, function or field during that time? Or, 2. a way you make your living and create meaning through a distinct or specific role, industry, profession or function and when you change any of that, you have a new career? Something else?

Your relationship to the way(s) you contribute to the world and to your own (and your family’s) well-being through an occupation or profession- the way you pay attention to it and shape it, is frequently called – Career Development. Some things you may want to know about career development:

  • You’ve been doing bits of it either intentionally, strategically, or intuitively probably before you even got your first adult job.

  • It’s a relationship and process that spans your lifetime if you want it to.

  • As you engage with your career development, self-knowledge, exploration and decision-making combine to shape it, as you choose options and training to suit you. Some elements you'll explore are your personality, interests, skills, and circumstances.

At about 11 years old, I decided I was serious about becoming a professional ballet dancer - a decision that had to be made young. Pursuing that dream required decisions right away, and then some excruciating conversations with my father about college - to go, or not to go? - and more, mostly emphasizing the risks of such an unconventional path. Aiming toward that goal gave me experiences, skills and self-knowledge that molded my self-identity, my worldview, and the shape of my feet! (don't ask).

After 8 more sweaty years, I finally got my first professional job dancing with a ballet company. I was so focused on getting to that point I never even thought about what would come after that job, let alone what would come after that entire phase of my work life was over. I was only at the beginning, I couldn't have known then that I'd end up here helping people imagine or reimagine their next right 'thing' and then move into it with joy and confidence - especially when it comes to their careers. And here I am, loving it.

One more thing...

  • In current times (the strange world of Covid19), many of the tried and true career development concepts are golden, and others are goners.

Judy Garfinkel helps you clarify "what's next." She crafts bespoke resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and bios that open doors for her clients and land jobs. Her expertise in building confidence and resilience supports personal growth and the ability to navigate career and work transitions – especially now! Judy is President of the International Coaching Federation-Connecticut Chapter where she leads a membership of near 200 coaches.

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