Happy Franchise Owners, Part 2

This article features happy franchise owners from Kiddie Academy, Labor Finders, Postal Connections, Primrose School, and World Adult Kickball Association. Part 1 features happy franchise owners from Anytime Fitness, CruiseOne, Elevation Burger, Fetch! Pet Care, Golden Corral, and Ikor. Stephanie Waszazak, Kiddie Academy Since 2008, Stephanie Waszazak is the owner of Kiddie Academy of Delran, […]

Happy Franchise Owners

A reader wrote to me asking me how to decide whether to buy a franchise and whether there are any happy franchise owners. I investigated and found 11 franchise owners who are happy and willing to share information about their businesses. Franchise owners profiled below are from Anytime Fitness, CruiseOne, Elevation Burger, Fetch! Pet Care, […]

Should I Buy A Franchise?

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I would like to own my own business but I am overwhelmed when I think about starting one completely from zero. I have some money from an inheritance and I am thinking about investing it in franchise ownership, but I don’t know how to decide if this is a good idea or […]

On Happenstance: Wisdom from Dr. John Krumboltz

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Dr. John Krumboltz speak on happenstance and careers. Dr. Krumboltz is one of the best vocational psychologists in the world and I have admired his work since grad school, so this was quite a fun event for me. This article outlines some of my favorite parts of […]

Calling and Vocation: A Book Review

“Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work” by Bryan J. Dik, Ph.D. and Ryan D. Duffy, Ph.D. is is a book about exploring, discovering, and creating a sense of calling at work. By “calling,” Drs. Dik and Duffy mean a summons by God and/or a universal […]

Career Choice: Using A Weighted Decision Matrix

(Note: This article refers to a decision-making matrix that is fee-based. For a free but less fully functioned matrix, please visit How to Use a Decision-Making Matrix.) You’ve worked hard at school and college was fun but now it is time to make some hard decisions about your future direction in life.  Shock, horror!  It’s […]

Book Review: Career Solutions for Creative People

“Career Solutions for Creative People: How To Balance Artistic Goals with Career Security” is authored by Dr. Ronda Ormont. I read this book because the tension of creativity vs. security is one of the most common dilemmas in career decision-making. While the book is older (2001), I still found it valuable because this topic is […]

Explore Jobs With “Inside Jobs”

Career counselors frequently instruct clients to explore jobs as part of an overall decision-making process. There is a new online tool that makes the process of job investigation much easier and more fun: Inside Jobs. The site profiles 15,000 jobs and offers a “Career Center” that contains lists of jobs clustered in interesting ways: Jobs […]

Services or Products As Your Career Focus

Have you ever thought about whether you want services or products as your career focus? Understanding the differences between these two possibilities can help you to choose or change to a work direction that is best for your interests, personality, and skills. I interviewed people with both of these types of careers to get their […]

Assessing Organizational Culture: Will This Be A Good Place For You To Work?

When you’re looking for a job, it’s important to consider an organization’s culture. You need to assess whether you’ll be a good “cultural fit” for the organization, and whether the organization will be a good fit for you. Cultural fit is an important determinant of your success, engagement and even happiness on the job. So […]