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 Impatience is a virtue… said the overly ambitious employee with their eyes set on their next move. Ambition is a great characteristic to have, especially early on in your career. It will help you stay on track, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and keep you far away from the dreaded […]

Written by Marisol Dahl As Willy Wonka once said, “Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.”  But this is so much easier said than done, right? In a world of endless distractions and never-ending to-do lists, how do we harness the time, energy and leadership skills to attain the results we really want? Pierre Khawand’s […]

Written by Jenny Blake My next big life after Life After College research area is something I’m calling The Human Pivot — how to successfully and strategically manage change even when all you feel is chaos. I’ve talked about thinking about your career like a caveman and the fight-or-flight response that happens when we threaten […]


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Written by Rebecca Fraser-Thill Career myths stick in the college years like hand-clapping games stick in primary school. So when my college students drop by my office to talk about “the future” (cue ominous music), the same falsehoods spill out year after year. I certainly can’t blame them; I believed these myths myself in my […]

Written by Melissa Anzman Inevitably, once a week I get a call about someone freaking out over their new job convinced they made a mistake. They are usually in panic mode – ready to restart their search (again). We’ve all been there, right? Maybe because we were blinded by the money or potential or cool-factor of […]

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Written by Marisol Dahl In college, we get book smart. We become masters of supply and demand curves, we balance chemical equations in our sleep, and we read Foucault with ease. Okay, maybe not that last one. But the world outside college is a whole new playing field. It’s not enough to study the material and […]