Six months ago I decided to not return to the Editor-in-Chief position at Impact Design Hub. It wasn’t an easy decision, especially as I was returning to work from maternity leave. A secure, nicely paid contract position doing work on a topic that resonates deeply with me, surrounded by inspiring, intelligent and funny colleagues—why give that up?
Well, as I mentioned in this post, I was feeling disconnected from those working on the ground. Getting information on the how, who, what and why in this field is important. But it only gets people so far. I was yearning for a more interactive, transformative connection to practitioners–a way to put all the knowledge, resources and expertise I’d acquired to use.
So long story short, I’ve decided to focus on working directly with committed, passionate practitioners, beginning with you here at Design Affects.
The first step I took a couple weeks ago was releasing the “Becoming a Social Impact Designer” Resource Kit. It gave you an inside look at my business, the tools and resources I use, and the most inspiring resources that have changed my perspective.
A ton of great feedback and questions have been pouring in, from an email asking about tapping into connections to tweets complimenting the honesty in my journey map.
If you perused the kit, you might have wondered, “This is all well and good for you, but how can I begin to apply this to my career, my projects, my dreams?”
If that question crossed your mind when reading it, I want you to know that it wasn’t meant to be the end.
Social impact design is a personal journey. Each of us has our reasons for wanting more meaningful work, and how we go about it varies from person to person. From all the research I’ve done and interviews I’ve conducted, no practitioner has taken the same path.
Sure, there are overlaps and similarities but it’s never been the exact same thing. It’s not meant to be, nor should it be, because each of us posses a unique mix of skills, passions, memories, and experiences that cannot be replicated.
Think about it like using a recipe from a famous chef: you can pick up the same ingredients, use the same tools, and follow their steps. But your dish is always going to come out slightly different because you are the chef, not them. And that’s okay.
Let’s get your career shifting this autumn.
Beginning next month, I’m offering a one-on-one career coaching program for those of you curious, intelligent, ambitious people who are seeking more personalized insight and guidance on your journey to more impactful, meaningful work. Sticking with the cooking analogy above, it’ll be about designing a unique recipe containing your favorite ingredients, ideal tools, and innate steps to create that delectable dish.
The career coaching program is ideal if you find yourself struggling with:
- Identifying what to do first
- Balancing your financial demands with career dreams
- Recognizing alternative models outside traditional practice
- Prioritizing social impact work
- Expanding the scope of traditional practice
During the one-on-one program, we will work to identify and address the specific set of issues that are holding you back, envision and co-create a new direction, and take action towards your career goals. Each person will receive a personalized career program; however, common topics include:
- Discovering hidden opportunities
- Defining financial priorities to transition
- Developing confident communication
- Understanding your ideal client
- Identifying alternative models to practice
What you get:
- Three 50 minute one-on-one phone or video sessions with me over six weeks (one session every two weeks)
- Email support
- Bi-weekly exercises and personal challenges
- Accountability and check-ins to overcome obstacles and develop your ideas
And a BONUS for the first 5 people to enroll:
- Early access and discounts on forthcoming programs in 2017
- One 50 minute call to check in on your progress in Spring 2017
Full payment: $297 USD
Interested? Let’s chat.
If you’re tired of waiting for things to happen and want to shift your career focus, then let’s chat to make sure this is a good fit for you.
Questions? Post them in the comment box below or email me katie[at]designaffects[dot]com.