Career

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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By Davis Nguyen Last month, I gave a talk at my high school. During the Q&A session, a student asked me what I did for community service (our high school requires a certain number of hours). In high school I had done more than three times the required amount, but it was the first time […]

Written by Melissa Anzman Being an entrepreneur can feel like a roller coaster ride – sometimes it’s exhilarating and other times it’s scary. Lots of highs and lows. A few weeks ago I started my day like any other, but something was off. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, again. I was […]

Written by Jenny Blake How many of you have felt pressure to define your passion, your life purpose, or a business or blog niche more clearly? There’s so much career and business advice that says, “Whatever you come up with, get even more specific!” More than anything, this has caused me more anxiety than peace. I have always felt […]

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, […]