Hi. I'm Michele Martin and I'm responsible for this site. Working with people to figure out their careers and how to chart their own path for growth is my passion.
Here are a few things I believe:
You have to own your own career. You can't count on your company, boss, nonprofit, school or whoever else you work for to do it for you. It's up to you. This is especially true if you work for yourself.
Professional and career development is a life-long task. We no longer live in an economy where you can rest on your laurels. Every day in every way we are having to prove our value. Whether we work for ourselves or work for someone else, when it comes to work, we have to keep growing.
Most professionals should be working for themselves. Which makes ongoing career and professional development even more important.
The career tools you use determine your outcomes. Complex work demands more sophisticated tools. Interest inventories and checklists turn you into a series of pre-determined categories. If you want to engage in work that will bring you satisfaction and reward, you need to dig deeper.
The best learning and growth happens in community. We learn the most from experiences and sharing those experiences with other people. Insights come when we share our stories and listen to others tell theirs.
We can use technology to help us connect with our "tribe" and work together to learn and grow. Social media has helped me turbocharge my own growth and learning and I use it to help others with their own professional growth.
And a little background. . .