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Welcome to the Career Foresight Podcast. This is the show that dives into conversations about the future of work for creative professionals. Jennifer Spoelma, a career coach, author and speaker is your passionate, thoughtful & inquisitive host. Her specialty is helping ambitious, creative professionals build careers that align with their strengths, interests, lifestyle and goals. There are so many options and opportunities in our world today to do work that matters, motivates us, and allows ...
 
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I hear push back from clients all the time about if spending their time writing customized resumes and cover letters is really worth it. Their past experiences tell them it isn’t, and I have to ask them to trust me. What they find is, learning to position themselves on paper is actually very rewarding, genuine and gets results. Compared to the aver…
 
I work with a lot of clients whose goal is to pivot into a tech role or join a tech company. They want to be on the forefront of innovation, and benefit from the salaries, flexibility and growth tech jobs can offer. Since you chose to listen to this episode, I’m guessing that you identify with these desires, too. Whether you see yourself as “techy”…
 
I am loving today’s topic because it’s diving into a question that takes a lot of foresight to answer correctly for yourself. It’s the question of whether a job change, or a career change would best resolve the tension you may be experiencing in your work life. So without further ado, let’s get into it. In this episode I’ll share: How to know you’r…
 
Over the past two weeks I’ve hosted a series of free calls for people who were struggling to get traction in their job search. I decided to offer these free calls after seeing post after post on LinkedIn from people sharing similar experiences. They had been applying to dozens of jobs without hearing back from employers or being offered an intervie…
 
I decided to tackle this topic after receiving a great suggestion from my friend Kirsten. To help frame today’s discussion, I’m going read what Kirsten shared she feels is missing in the conversations and advice regarding careers: I've been loving this idea of figuring out the skills and expertise you have, not just in your career but in your life,…
 
This is a question I’ve seen posed a lot on LinkedIn and in articles during the Covid pandemic. When the effects of the virus reached the economy, many people lost their jobs and many companies put their hiring plans on hold. However, while the circumstances of the pandemic economy are unique, the experience of applying to jobs and not hearing back…
 
The past week I’ve been reflecting a lot on what this past year of starting and building my business has been like. Right now, I’m in a pretty good place. I feel confident in my role as a coach and have seen my clients succeed again and again. But it felt a little cheap to just call it all positive success when the reality is that most of the year …
 
Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a podcast host, speaker, ballroom dance instructor and actor—to name a few of her titles. She fully embraces being multi-passionate and has built a diverse career. But it wasn't always that way. In this episode, she shares her journey of self-discovery and the role her career played in that journey. In…
 
Rachel is the co-founder and CEO of Wethos, a platform that is transforming how freelancers find work, do work and earn a sustainable income. There are many things that make Wethos different from other freelancing platforms and networks, including their focus on working within teams, winning large contracts and how Wethos pays their freelancers. Wh…
 
Today’s topic and episode is blowing my mind. There are pieces of it that tie into every past season of the Career Foresight podcast as well as providing insight for the future of work. Saying, “I’m excited,” is an understatement. I’m going back to my podcasting roots on this episode by focusing the discussion on findings from a research article. I…
 
The reason I decided to share this episode is because I have been outraged and extremely disappointed by some of the business I’ve worked with recently. I have learned a lot from these mistakes, and it has been humbling and embarrassing. As a small business owner who works primarily with 1-on-1 coaching clients, customer service and satisfaction is…
 
There has been a lot of talk about what life will look like post-COVID-19 lockdown. Recently, what has been most compelling to me about the future is how this experience will shape our relationship with control. The COVID-19 pandemic has been eye-opening for everyone. It has certainly provided an excellent opportunity to evaluate our expectations f…
 
I’ve made a lot of voluntary career changes in the past five years. But the first career change I made after graduating college was anything but voluntary. I was let go instantly, without any notice. I can still remember the feeling of panic that hit me when I heard the news. I wouldn’t have been able to recognize it at that time, but being let go …
 
I saw a meme that said today was March 97th, and I thought, “Yes! That is exactly what today feels like.” The days are long when you’re quarantined. They’re even longer when your mind is anxious, you’re lonely, or you're juggling multiple responsibilities like caring for children and doing your job from home. I’ve talked with several people in the …
 
I know this is a really difficult time, and everyone is being affected in some way by COVID-19 and it’s wide-ranging impacts. Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in and listen to this podcast. Your support during this time means so much to me, and I’m honored to have a bit of your attention that I know is spread pretty thin these days. I …
 
In 2020, I decided to stop using Instagram for both personal and business purposes. The main reasons were my pursuit of mental sanity and peace, and to focus on building my business in more sustainable ways. The reason I’m including this episode in this season focused on the future or work topics is because it’s pretty countercultural. As more tech…
 
I am so thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Career Foresight guest! Meet Dielle Charon. Dielle is a business coach and founder of School of Ambition, her podcast and resource website. Her sweet spot is helping coaches launch their programs and sign clients--even while they have a full-time job. What I love about Dielle is that she has structur…
 
In today’s episode, I interview Halelly Azulay. Halelly is the CEO & leadership development strategist at TalentGrow LLC. She’s an expert in leadership, communication skills, emotional intelligence, and authentic networking, Halelly develops leaders that people *want* to follow. She is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring a…
 
Valerie is one of the most dynamic people I have ever met. She exudes strength and presence. When she asks questions or shares her perspective, it's obvious it comes from a well of wisdom and thoughtfulness. She's the founder of the Vibrant Life Collective, an online yogic community for women of color, and I'm so thrilled to have her on the show! I…
 
I went to my first real conference just over four years ago, and it changed my life. The conference was for female creative business owners and I had never felt so at home amongst strangers. It was the first time I felt that, “These are my people” kind of feeling and I’ve been seeking out those types of connections ever since. Conferences continue …
 
I frequently think: Comedians are the bravest people in the world. I mean, to get up on stage and try to be funny—the vulnerability and courage it takes to do that simply blows my mind! I love watching comedians perform. And my intrigue usually leads to me wondering, would I ever be able to do that? I don’t know the answer to that question yet. But…
 
Following up on last week’s episode about narrative foresight! The stories we tell ourselves and implicitly believe about work have huge implications on our day-to-day experience at work and our overall life satisfaction. Narrative foresight is the practice of choosing which stories you use to make sense of your past, present, and future to lead to…
 
Foresight, in a nutshell, is about envisioning the future you want to create and then practicing prioritization to take action towards your goals. As you hone your foresight, you gain the ability to make decisions and pursue opportunities that work for you, for the specific reasons that matter to you. The practice of narrative foresight A whole bod…
 
After a few months of building my career coaching business full-time, I decided to add a job back into the mix. In this episode, I'm walking you through all the career choices and changes I've made this past year and why I made each of them. You can find the full show notes here: https://jenniferspoelma.com/podcast-feed/how-jobs-help-build-business…
 
Today I am honored to introduce you to my friend, Josh Newton. Josh has an incredible gift of speaking encouragement and believing in other people when they might not be able to believe in themselves. I have been very blessed by this gift of his and his friendship over the past few years and I’ve learned so much from his example. Josh is a wedding …
 
False decision points are when you feel cornered into making a decision. They are false because in fact, you may have misidentified the root problem that needs to be addressed, or because you have not evaluated all of your options. Even the most mentally strong, motivated and open-minded people can fall victim to false decision points in their life…
 
Julianne is an aspiring global executive with a love for travel, creativity and personal growth. In fact, it’s her love for those three things that have influenced her professional goal to lead a global company. A lot of people doubt their potential, and this is something Julianne witnesses on the daily. But through her own life choices and the way…
 
I haven’t known Meredith for long, but we clicked so instantly it feels like I’ve known her for years. I was introduced to her via a Facebook group we both belong to that’s for authors preparing to publish and launch their books. Earlier this summer, Meredith introduced herself to the group like this, “Howdy! I am Meredith Noble in Valdez, Alaska. …
 
I’m excited to welcome Scott Knight to the Career Foresight podcast. Scott is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Mintor a new platform designed to reimagine mentorship. Through Mintor, entrepreneurs, startups, and industry leaders are able to find and build goal-driven mentoring relationships. Mentorship is a unique kind of relationship…
 
Genecia Alluora is former Miss Singapore and the Southeast Asia Woman of Excellence 2010. She is the founder of Soul Rich Woman, the #1 female entrepreneur network in Southeast Asia that connects more than 200,000 women across the region. Her network has a presence in 7 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesi…
 
Theresa Delaney is the founder of Creative Kind, a place for people to come together for crafting, conversation and to support small makers and artists. Four years ago, Creative Kind started as a monthly pop-up workshop series and has continuously evolved ever since. In my conversation with Theresa, we discuss how crafting is a perfect avenue for m…
 
Stephanie Hicks is a personal style and wardrobe coach. She helps people show up as their best selves, confident and well-dressed! Stephanie works with female entrepreneurs and coaches who what their personality and brand to be better represented in how they dress. By nature, first impressions are visual impressions. Therefore, it’s important your …
 
What do you do when you have a dream so big it overwhelms you? That’s the position you may find yourself in. You have an idea or a passion that’s hard to shake. The only problem is, you don’t know how to take the first step to make it a reality. As I mentioned in Episode #59 How Do I Share My Dreams With Others Well?, I think that we need to be mor…
 
We can’t talk about how to celebrate others without admitting the dark side of why this is such a challenge… Jealousy. Ew! No one wants to admit that they struggle with jealousy, do they? I think jealousy is a particularly challenging emotion to own up to because it feels like we’re showing all our cards. We expose not only our insecurities but als…
 
Even though our dreams and ideas tend to revolve around our biggest passions, it’s typical to freeze up when it comes to talking about those dreams with other people. You know what I mean, don’t you?! For example, “So, I heard you started a podcast?” “Uh, yeah... I just thought it would be a great way to share information and I think it will be fun…
 
"Just because it's easy to believe, doesn't mean it's true," is a refrain I used to remind myself of constantly. When we struggle with feelings like fear of failure or doubting our own worth, they can become so strong that they seem like reality, not just emotional responses. In order to fight through these limiting beliefs, I challenged myself to …
 
The pressure we feel to achieve and produce--especially at an early age--can be intense. Our culture celebrates rising stars, young innovators and the exceptional outliers who find and create success at a very young age. This episode speaks the truth that early achievement, or lack thereof, does not define the rest of your life. You are not wasting…
 
Decisions are at the core of every success story and every personal triumph. Isn’t it crazy then to think that most of our tools for making good decisions only include asking for advice, making pros and cons lists, or the trial and error approach? My goal is to help people make empowered decisions, and a place to start is helping them understand th…
 
Nechelle Bartley is a financial strategist and the CEO of MoneyBasics, a Toronto-based financial strategy company. She helps both entrepreneurs and 9-to-5ers develop a financial action plan to help them reach their goals. *Put another way, Nechelle bridges the gap between what’s on your vision board, and what’s in your bank account. * The job title…
 
Vanessa is the type of person that is all in once she commits to doing something. She’s the owner of Albuquerque Moms Blog, which is a major force for good in the Albuquerque community. Not only does Vanessa’s work serve mothers, but it also helps local businesses gain exposure and customers. With a team of 38 people, Vanessa has a lot of content, …
 
For those of you that have been along on my journey for a while, you know that work is very important to me and it's something that I desire for people to find more joy and satisfaction in. One way I’ve approached this is by questioning the cultural trends and stories that elevates certain types of work over others. The biggest offender? The story …
 
We all go through transitional periods in our lives. However, many people misuse the term “transition”. They think it is interchangeable with “change” or use transition in a defensive way. But transitions can be so much more than that. Linda Rossetti is an expert on transition and has conducted thorough research on how transitions impact adult live…
 
In the age of social media, images of people "living their best life" constantly bombard us. Often, this includes people showing off in the name of attaining self-confidence. But through social media alone, it can be tricky to decipher between confidence and egotism. The fact of the matter is, confidence is on trend right now. Nearly every brand se…
 
From blogging to book writing, Alli Worthington has become the breadwinner amongst her family of seven. With her perseverance and the help of Google, Alli was able to build her own empire as an author, speaker, and the Blissdom Conference co-founder. The Blissdom conference is described as a “community of women who want to take their business and l…
 
Too often we chalk up our bad experiences at work to our environment. A negative culture, a bad boss, monotonous work, etc. Especially for women working in STEM fields, which are typically heavily male-dominated, they might add other items to the list like, "lack of respect, not taken seriously, and being left out of social gatherings." In this epi…
 
Ayurveda is the traditional Indian system of medicine. It is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems using diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. The wisdom in Ayurvedic teachings is profound and answers questions about how to approach work, rest and live a life of meaning. My guest for this show is Erica McQuown, a practitioner and te…
 
Call it what you want: male chauvinism, misogyny, bro culture, being a condescending jerk, or otherwise. You know what I'm talking about. When a man treats you in a demeaning way by dismissing your ideas, giving you unsolicited and arrogant advice, or treating you more like an object than a person--that's male chauvinism. Male chauvinists see women…
 
Kristi McNab is a transformational coach who helps people recognize their strength and tap into their potential. In our conversation, we talk about how individuals can take hold of their personal power, and how doing so enables them to create from a place of confidence rather than ego. Kristi believes that we are each more powerful than we imagine …
 
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