Career Tip: Join a Professional Association

Western culture is enamored with the myth of the independent lone achiever. Instead of lauding team members, we love success stories that portray a trailblazing pioneer unfettered by social and group connections. In reality, teamwork is effective in endeavors ranging from science to entrepreneurship to sports. In career development, joining a professional association offers opportunities for […]

Dr. Lynn Chang Explains Career Zen, an Eastern & Western Approach to Career Joy

One thing I love about my job is that I meet people like Dr. Lynn Chang. I first met Lynn in a class I taught at the University of Texas. Many years later, we reconnected and I learned about Lynn’s unique approach to career counseling. I interviewed Lynn about her integrative approach that blends Eastern […]

Directory of Austin Career Counselors & Coaches

I specialize in phone and email-based career coaching (e-coaching) but since I live in Austin, I am often asked for recommendations for Austin career counselors and coaches who work with Austin clients face-to-face. Here is a list. (Inclusion here is not a recommendation. Please do research to choose the right help for your needs.) Photo […]

Health & Patient Advocate Career Advice From Industry Experts

In the United States, the healthcare system is complicated and confusing. People who need healthcare are often too sick to effectively navigate the labyrinth to get the care they need, so family members and friends may try to help but become overwhelmed as well. Because of this sad reality, patient advocates are starting businesses to […]

How to Change Careers From Higher Ed

Recently a reader of this site wrote to me asking me how to change careers from higher ed. He said he loves helping students, but he feels frustrated that universities increasingly view students as numbers rather than individuals. He is exhausted and burned out rather than energized by solving the same problems over and over. […]

How to Know When to Change Careers

Dear Career Coach, I work in higher education. I taught chemistry for 8 years at a community college. From there, I moved to a 4-year university to become a professional academic advisor.  I spent 8 years there as well. My first 6 years there as an advisor and the last 2 years as the director […]

How to Help People Affected by Hurricane Harvey

I am a Texas resident and before I moved to Austin, I lived in Houston for six years. Starting on August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused a devastating amount of destruction and misery in Houston and in other parts of Texas. My heart is heavy so I investigated how to help and I want to share […]

Advice From College Counselors: How to Succeed in College

College counselors wish they could talk to every college student, but since there are an average of 1500 students for every college counselor in America, many students will never talk to one. I asked college counselors what they wish they could tell students. Here is their advice: Tour campus. Before you choose a college, take […]

EVERYTHING You Need to Know to Land the Job

Are you looking to get your job search on track? Need to update your resume, learn how to interview confidently, figure out how to have the dreaded salary negotiation conversation? If this sounds like you, I want to introduce you to a trusted colleague and friend who has just the job search course you need […]

Seven Nonfiction Books That Changed Lives

I asked readers, “What book changed your life?” Here are seven of their responses: . “The book that changed my life (and business) was The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D. The book uses the story of a young man who hears about a manager with an excellent reputation for […]