Here's my story.
A few years ago, I was a student affairs professional who dreamed of owning her own business and leaving the 9-5 grind for good. I even wrote a blog post about the transition. This all started when I left student affairs and transitioned to a higher ed technology company where I ran marketing and social media for almost 3 years.
I felt like I was working nonstop in my first 1-3 years in student affairs, and when I moved into a higher ed, it didn't get much better. Being expected to manage all social media for someone else's dream and company was fun at first (growing our audience + brand), but it was less motivating to do the work after a few years... I wanted to build a business for myself, but I had no idea what I wanted to do.
In October of 2016, I found an online coaching program called Coach Training EDU where I obtained my Wellness Coaching Certification (and you can, too—more details below). In July, I witnessed all of these amazing...
Original post on LinkedIn, when I started this journey in 2015.
About five months ago, I made the decision to leave my job in student affairs, specifically residence life, to explore interests I’ve had for some time. Leaving my first full-time position after ten months was an unexpected obstacle I faced at the beginning of my professional career. I’ve always been a student affairs fan: I knew I wanted to be a residence director my sophomore year in college and I was involved with everything under the umbrella of involvement.
After graduating with a Bachelor's in business management and public relations along with a college student personnel Master's degree, I held onto that vision. With it included a five- to ten-year plan of becoming a living-learning community specialist and a director of residence life. By the time I was ready to move onto the “new professional” stage of my career as an area coordinator, I felt overcome with anxiety. I was finally...