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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Written by Jenny Blake Once just relegated to the mid-life crisis, inexplicable tumult became socially acceptable in one’s twenties too; in 2007, Alexandra Robbins coined the term “quarterlife crisis” as a rite of passage at the ripe old age of 25. In a world filled with economic uncertainty, one in which technology continues to transform our […]

Written by Melissa Anzman There must be something in the water these days. The number of times I have had someone say to me that they aren’t really worried about making a sale or getting promoted because they “have a huge following on social media,” is driving me bananas. I’m not sure when social media followers […]

By Davis Nguyen I grew up in Riverdale, a poor town outside of Atlanta. To give you an idea of what I mean by poor, our per capita income is $15,337, while the state average and national averages are $36,869 and $42,693 respectively. Growing up in Riverdale, opportunities were limited for me: I didn’t get […]

Written by Rebecca Fraser-Thill Most of us don’t want to like our work. We say we do, but we actually don’t. Especially when we’re recent graduates. Millennials switch jobs about every two years largely out of a search for meaning and purpose at work. The goal is excellent:  we definitely lead a happier life when […]

Written by Melissa Anzman It was my first day in a real corporate job, I was wearing my business professional (you can’t go casual on day one) outfit, ready to conquer the world. I looked the part, acted the part, but was not feeling the part. I was in the “fake it ‘til you make it” […]

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Written by Davis Nguyen If you could choose the words on your epitaph, what would you want it to say? Pam Slim’s Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together explores this question by asking, “What is the legacy you want to leave behind?” Pam defines a body of work as “everything you create, […]

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