How to Use Journaling to Make Decisions

For many people, writing is one of the best ways to increase clarity about your true feelings about different life and career choices. This article explores how to use journaling to make decisions that are aligned with your values, interests, and goals. I also recommend keeping the journal so that if you question yourself later, […]

Rate Your Boss

Career coaches often say that people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. It is easier to rate your boss if you have a checklist of qualities to use for assessment. To create this list, I asked people to describe what matters to them about their boss. While no boss can be perfect, the more your boss […]

Success Story: Career Interest Assessment

Brian Stewart was uncertain what career to choose so he decided to use career interest assessment to help him make a career choice. Brian took an assessment that uses a Holland type code to categorize his interests. (This is the same type of code used in the most widely used career interest assessment, the Strong […]

Advice on Turning Money-Making Hobbies Into Careers

I asked people with money-making hobbies what advice they have for people considering whether to keep their hobby as pure pleasure or as an income-producing career or business. Not surprisingly, they had very different things to say about their experiences and their advice varied. That’s because there isn’t one path that is true of everyone, […]

What to Do About Ambivalence

If I were asked to pinpoint one dynamic that keeps people from achieving career happiness, it is ambivalence. Because so many people ask me how to resolve this, here are some thoughts about what to do about ambivalence: First, recognize and name your ambivalence for what it is. Ambivalence is a psychological condition where you […]

The Truth About Overnight Success

Everyone loves instant gratification, but in reality, success rarely happens instantly. The truth about “overnight success” is that it takes up to a decade to make it happen. Paul Buchheit, creator and lead developer of Gmail, blogged about how overnight success takes a long time. He wrote that it took 7.5 years for Gmail to evolve from […]

How to Recover from a Failed Internship

Dear Dr. Civitelli, For the past eight months, I have been interning at what I initially thought was a dream startup company while taking classes. At first, I was working in an area that matched my skillset. When the grant the project I was part of was not renewed, I was asked if I wanted […]

How to Be an Intrapreneur

If you Google, “How to be an intrapreneur,” Google will inquire, “Did you mean, “How to be an entrepreneur?” In writing up notes for this blog post, Microsoft Word flagged the word “intrapreneur” as a spelling error; TextEdit on my Mac actually changed “intrapreneurship” to “entrepreneurship” in an unwanted attempt to help me. Intrapreneurship is […]

Career Profiles of Reluctant Entrepreneurs

Reluctant entrepreneurs are people who started businesses out of desperation rather than choice. For each of these reluctant entrepreneurs, the journey was challenging but the outcomes were extremely positive. Please enjoy their success stories. Alex Andon, Biotech Data Analyst to Jellyfish Art Entrepreneur Ben Coleman, Propane Truck Industry Professional To Bonsai Author and Inventor Eric B. Heinbockel, Job Seeker To Chocolate Entrepreneur Forrest Graves, […]

How to Feel More Energized and Alive at Work

How energized do you feel in your career? How energized do you want to feel? Is there a gap there? Today I want to share a simple yet effective framework for closing that gap and improving your here-and-now, regardless of whether you love or loathe your job. When clients come to me for career change […]