Q: I’m trying to follow my dream career path but as I’m met with more failures (and debt!) I’m becoming discouraged. When do I draw the line on my dream? When do I have to call it quits?
I am concerned though when I hear you saying you’re going into debt. It may be that a reality check is needed and then a little strategy session to know how you can keep moving forward while not breaking the bank and keeping funds coming in.
It’s our dreams that keep us motivated and inspired — and our success stories are always filled with tales of difficulties and sacrifices, right? So I’d want you to keep going until you are clear about the right changes for you to make.
You’ll know that its time to shelve a dream career, or project, when you’ve tired of it or find another one that energizes you and has ‘legs’. If you keep finding that you aren’t getting traction with your dream career you may need some professional advice from a coach, or another expert who knows more about this field who can guide you past the barriers.
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Daisy Swan, MA, CPCC, career strategist, coach and counselor, has worked with hundreds of clients over the past 20 years. Known for her compassionate and straightforward approach, Daisy guides her clients to clarify their career direction and supports them as they find and take the necessary steps to realize their professional and personal goals. Daisy has been a career professional in private practice for 15 years, serving a broad population of senior executives, attorneys, sales and IT professionals, writers, producers, actors and new grads. She also has years of career counseling and presentation experience at several major universities helping MBA students prepare for career transitions and supporting them in their job search. She has extensive interviewing and recruiting experience and is knowledgeable about a wide variety of business sectors nationwide. An expert in the uses of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator for career and communications purposes, Daisy has used the assessment in individual and group training.
Daisy’s first book, Making Work Work: Secrets from a Career Coach’s Office will be available in January 2012. She has appeared on network TV on NBC’s daytime coaching program Starting Over as well as ABC’s online ABCNewsNow.com. She has also appeared on Style Network’s Modern Girl’s Guide to Living, and as a guest on the Frank Girls talk radio program. She has been a guest expert on the LivewellHD.com/ ABC channel on Advice for Life and has been widely quoted on career issues in the Washingtonpost.com, The LA Weekly, The Christian Science Monitor, the NY Post, Prevention magazine, and Yahoo HotJobs.com. She has also been a commentator on panels with several economists discussing the unprecedented labor situation in California. As a committed professional concerned with teaching young people to explore their career interests, Daisy has also been a consultant to a prestigious San Jose college preparatory high school organizing and implementing a career exploration mentoring program pairing students with area professionals.
Over the past several years Daisy has grown her business, Daisy Swan & Associates, to include several outstanding coaches. Information about one-on-one and group coaching as well as valuable resources can be found on her website, www.daisyswan.com. Also check for networking events and informative panels here.
Daisy is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute and a Certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, CA. She has a BA from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters degree from University of Chicago. She lives in Manhattan Beach with her 15 year-old son.