I love the association industry – it’s why I wrote a book about making it a career. However, after much thought, I’ve decided to make a change.
Over the last several months, I’ve wanted to write about a wider variety of topics. In fact, some of the ideas I had were about careers that most of my clients would probably never consider.
For example, there was the recent story about Pope Francis having been a bouncer earlier in his career. And, there was the woman I met in Australia who gave up her job as a light keeper to trek across the country with camels – before she had ever even seen one in person.
Strangely enough, these anecdotes often came up in my coaching sessions. It might be during a discussion about how your career might go in directions you’d never expected (I’m guessing a young nightclub employee in Buenos Aires wasn’t thinking he’d be Pope one day) or fear over making a career change (can you get more extreme than guiding camels through the Outback?). Either way, I began to see that there were more similarities than differences between people when it comes to career transition and career management.
Long story short, I’m still going to share practical advice and tips on writing resumes, interviewing, managing your online identity, job searching, and advancing in your career. And, many of these topics will apply to the types of clients with whom I typically work (senior professionals seeking positions at the director-level and above – both in the association and corporate sectors). Now though, I’ll be including stories to inspire my readers and illustrate how they can be leveraged to help people find fulfilling jobs.
While you can still read my blog by visiting anassociationcareer.com, I’ll also be making the transition to CharlotteWeeks.com.