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 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 […]

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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 […]

Written by Melissa Anzman It’s officially holiday party season – woot woot! I know we’re knee-deep in reflection and being thankful, but party time is right around the corner. Holiday parties used to be a big deal. And the bigger the company’s revenue, the bigger the event was. After the crash in 2008, many companies have […]

By Davis Nguyen “It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” —Bill Gates I thought the beginning of my senior year was going to be the time of my life. I thought that I’d quickly be able to find a job I love and spend the […]

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Written by Marisol Dahl   From 2001 to 2011, the number of full-time college students rose 38%. In the same time, the number of people taking online courses rose to over six million. Just ten years ago, only about 13.5% of students were taking at least one online course. Now we’re talking 32%—one third of the […]