Happy, passionate, fulfilling, growth-filled. That’s what I strive for in my own career, and I’m passionate about helping others do the same.

I’ve run the gamut of career experiences: I worked at a political-polling start-up as the first employee (and saw it grow to 30+ and get acquired), I worked at Google for 5+ and saw it grow from 4,000 employees to 30,000, and I recently left Google after five and a half years at the company to pursue life as a solopreneur. During my time at Google I worked for over five years in training, coaching, career development and Authors@Google. I’m also a certified Co-Active Coach who helps people find fulfilling careers they can thrive in – no matter what form that takes.

The posts below are a sampling of my own career experiences, philosophies, and exercises to help you assess what’s next and build a kick-butt career.

Start here: Career Planning and Optimization

My own career path: From Start-up to Google to Solopreneur

You don’t have to pursue your passion full time: Thoughts on side hustles

Philosophy on Career Development

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Written by Melissa Anzman Another awesome topic from the Life After College survey! The phrase, Flexible Work-Life Balance has not only become common place now, but is a “perk” that a lot of us are seeking in our jobs. More people than ever are looking for a career that fits in their life, instead of the […]

Written by Jenny Blake Greetings from Ubud, Bali, where I’m living for the month of January . . . sadly for just a few more days! For the logistics of planning a trip here, check out The Nuts and Bolts of Living in Bali for a Month. I knew I felt like an iPhone on red battery when I […]

Written by Melissa Anzman Based on some of the responses from the 2-question survey about what you want us to create this year, (have you taken it yet? If not, here’s the link), I was excited to see learning more tactical ways to move your career forward, was on the list. One that grabbed my immediate attention, […]

Written by Jenny Blake Now you know how to deflect boring cocktail party banter. You’ve tested your side business hypothesis and got your eyes on a personal project prize, maybe even one that can generate additional income. Now the question is, how can you turn it into a full-fledged business if and when you’re ready? Roll […]

By Jenny Blake Last time we talked about the importance of having a compelling personal project you’re excited about, no matter where you work or who you work for (including yourself). Today I’m going to talk about a specific type of personal project: the side business. This is different from a hobby in that it […]

Written by Jenny Blake There’s a conversational crutch we lean on in our society called, “So what do you do?” Not knowing quite how to engage when meeting someone for the first time, people often resort to this familiar question as a default cocktail party kick off. It’s safe, it’s familiar, it’s lazy. I’m guilty of […]