Is this you?
Pre-MBA, Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Pre-PhD?
Recently post MBA or Law school?
How you got here
So, this is where I explain it isn’t you, it’s us. The adults. We screwed this up. And that’s kinda true, but there’s more to the story.
You are lucky enough to be part of a generation that wants to DO MORE with your life than most of us thought possible. And there are a lot of you. But schools and the world of work are not yet set up to fully handle all the energy and excitement you bring to the table. You actually DO have different values than folks even 10 years older. Not wildly different, but different.
What we know about you so far:
- You want to do good.
- You want to integrate your life and your work. You may not even see a divide between work and life.
- You have compassion for those less fortunate.
- You don’t think people born differently from you deserve less.
So these values are actually not new. But as we age into the early part of our middle careers (30s), most of us have to make decisions that take us out of the idealist realm and plant us in the grind that most of our parents experienced. It’s a bit of a bummer, but it’s expected. So we relegate “good” works to stuff we try to cram in on the weekend or we plan to do it once we retire.
This is the way it’s been for a long time. We started socializing you in school when you were a wee little one, but once you get into the work force properly, you see the dichotomy of lofty values and the practical world of work. Plus, we’ve basically controlled your first 22 years with a rather rigid path of K-12 and 4 years of college. So by the time you’re 22, you’ve thought you were making independent decisions, but you were making decisions among limited choices. Not really very independent.
So right about age 24/25 the wheels start to come off. You’ve finally done enough working world work to realize that people are not rational. Decisions are not clear, and there are a million more things you could be doing if you could just figure out what they are and how to do them. But if you stay in the angst of deciding what to do next, the time passes and you end up stuck. Then you just default to the social norm. And you feel sick about it, but what can you do. You’re just one person and this is the way of the world. Isn’t it?
What if I told you that it doesn’t need to be this way?
It doesn’t. I really doesn’t. And I’m living proof. Chances are that I am about 10 years ahead of you (based on who most of my students are), maybe even 15. I’ve been living an integrated life for almost 15 years. Do well. Do good. Love my work. There have been victories and there have been plenty of Oh-sh*t-that-didn’t-work moments. I’ve lived them. On my terms.
This program is not a one size fits most. It’s a one size fits one. This is all about you.
A long time ago I decided to set my life up so I could do my best work, my best way, and still live the life beyond my work that matters to me. My version of the integrated life is probably not for you. But I can help you find yours.
Sure, this all sounds great, but I need to make more than minimum wage Kate.
That’s actually one of my biggest gripes with the way we – the adults – try to engage you when it comes to “passion” projects. It can seem as though the only way to make the world a better place is to sacrifice your income by working for free or nearly free. This is doubly so for the way we socialize little girls. We start extolling the virtues of community service when you’re young. Good! But we act like the only way to do community service is through a non-profit.
You can do good and do well. Please read that again.
Do Good. Do Well.
Both. Together. At the same time. Some of my students are wealthy. They don’t technically have to do anything. But that’s not who they are. If you land on my doorstep, you want to engage fully. You want to participate in society. You want to improve what you see in front of you. You want to have a fulfilling life and that includes your personal and professional lives.
Let’s do this together.
The fully Integrated Life approach.
How this all works – two choices
Integrated Life 6-mo class or Career Catalyst 2-hr class
Integrated Life 2018A runs Feb 2018 – October 2018 – CLOSED to new registrations. Next class opens for registration in September. You’ll hear about it via the weekly newsletter.
Career Catalyst (new course) starts on May 2, 2018 with a few sessions each month – see the registration link for dates. What’s it all about?
This 2-hr class is aimed at 20-somethings in transition – pre or recently post MBA and Law or if you think you are in need of a career/life transition. The objectives are to . . .
- Help identify what you want to do v. what you think you should be doing — get past the external influences and beliefs about yourself to make decisions
- Improve ability/ comfort in facing choice overload #NoFOMO
- Be more secure in your story about the future and not be intimidated / distracted by what other people are doing
- Take a step back to evaluate your current skills, strengths, interests, and goals — what is your value prop now – i.e. what do you bring to the table
If you are ready to sign up, registration is officially open here: Career Catalyst (2-hr class).
If you are on the fence about your next move – this is the class for you! It’s also a great class to do before you apply to programs. This will give you a taste of the nitty gritty introspection and the extra dose of action you need to propel yourself forward.