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Low G.P.A. holding me back.

Dear Coach Joan, OK, I blew it. In college I was more into partying than studying. I was immature and had the wrong priorities. I graduated with a G.P.A. (grade point average) of 2.0 out of 4.0. That means I had a lot of Cs, some Ds and perhaps one [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Launching from college to career – 3 steps to getting started.

Dear Coach Joan, It's now March, 2019 and my college graduation date is this June. Ugh. I now have to transition to the real world. I need to get a J.O.B.! As a humanities major I really don't know where or how to look for a professional job. Any thoughts [...]

By | March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Can we do layoffs with dignity?

Dear Readers, Pardon me while I vent. Yes, I've seen a lot as a career and executive coach for the last 12 years, and in my decades working in corporations. Sadly, I've seen people so stressed out and wounded by being laid off in insensitive ways, that they sometimes never [...]

By | February 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Dilemma: Is my career really over?

  Dear Readers, Lately I've had clients in their 50s and 60s who are facing a dilemma. They've been laid off, their company has been bought or merged,  or they just see signs that their current job is ending. They are not sure what to do next. Some are fortunate [...]

By | February 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Economic downturn coming? Career tips to survive and thrive.

Dear Readers, I was recently contacted by a national technology publication to address the issue of how to manage one's career during an economic downturn. I thought that you, my readers, might well be interested in hearing some of the strategies I shared. Having been a corporate manager involved with [...]

By | January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Help! My boss has become a diet and exercise fanatic

Dear Coach Joan, My boss is on an exercise and diet kick. Up until last year she was overweight and out of shape, but when her husband, due to health problems, started a diet and exercise regime, she got on board. In a big way. Now she is a zealot, [...]

By | January 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Want to switch career? What you can learn from Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’

Dear Readers, Did you know that after graduating from Harvard Law School and working in a corporate law firm for several years, Michelle Obama decided she wanted to make a career transition? I learned all this in her new, excellent memoir, BECOMING. As more than 50% of lawyers realize within [...]

By | December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

So you want to be your own boss? Here are three things to consider:

Dear Coach Joan I've been, working for 10 years in a company that provides business-to-business services.  I have great relationships with my management, customers and colleagues. And I have been promoted several times. The problem is, I've reached my ceiling in terms of compensation and responsibilities. And I feel the entrepreneurial [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Can Volunteering Help My Career?

Dear Joan, I'm just starting my professional career and was advised to get involved with volunteer work. I'm wondering if volunteer activities can be a boost to my career in any way? I am quite ambitious and want to use my free time wisely. Yes, I'd like to do community [...]

By | October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Career Impact from North Bay Fire Lingers On

Dear Coach Joan, The fire might have happened a full year ago, but it continues to impact my life and my work. Our family home burned down, we lost everything, and we're still dealing with the insurance company and builders, not sure we can even afford to rebuild. Living in [...]

By | October 28th, 2018|0 Comments