Perhaps the only recurrent dream I have relates to my career path. I’m either still in law school or working as an attorney. In either case, things are not going well and I’m stressed. Somewhere in my subconscious, I realize that I also started The Learning Consultants (the main company of which Career Counseling Connecticut is a subsidiary.) In my dream, I’m still firmly embedded within my legal career and need to figure out how to extract myself or how to do both simultaneously. I wake up and have to assure myself. “I’m no longer an attorney. I’m doing what I love.”
To be clear, I’m quite analytical so I don’t have that many “woo” moments (wish I had more!) But I find it amazing that I have versions of this dream so often. I’m pretty sure it relates to my daily work providing career advisory services.
My mission to help others find happiness in their careers stems from genuine empathy. The combination of law school plus law practice was 11 years for me. Some of it was great (law school friendships, experiences as a big city prosecutor). Some of it was good (traveling the country while working on a huge securities fraud case). Some of it was miserable (billing hours in private practice). But, most all of it – even during the good times – was spent searching for what I really wanted to do.
Constantly looking for something else. That was a tough.
When I started The Learning Consultants many years ago, I found what I was searching for and started building. Even during the initial stages when there was uncertainty about “success”, I was happy while building what I knew was true to me.
It was not easy. At the time, I was relatively new to Connecticut, knew few people in Shoreline, CT, and almost no one in education circles throughout local high schools where the base of our clients came from. I had to build the company from scratch. But, it felt good – sometimes stressful – but most of the time invigorating.
Whenever I’m with a career counseling client and know that I am helping them move from career searching to career building, I feel great joy. That joy comes from remembering my own past.