It’s such a pleasure to have Laura Simms join the show this week! Laura is a career Coach and an expert in meaningful work, and she’s the creator of the truly amazing “Your Career Homecoming” program that helps women find work that feels like home. I really love Laura’s open and easy going nature, and getting to chat with her felt like talking to a friend. She’s relatable, down to earth, and the fact that she has changed careers from one that she was truly passionate about (acting), to one that feels more purposeful and rewarding (career coach), really spoke to me. I have an knack for landing plenty of jobs, and love that she helps clients focus on “the why” (the purpose, legacy, contribution, service, impact they’re making) before they ever get to thinking about “the what” (abilities, strengths, things you can do), or “the how” (environment, the work pace, your leadership role, how much you’re paid) of what that career looks like.
Laura’s approach is different and refreshing, and I know you’ll love her pragmatic approach to differentiating between passion and purpose, and by the end of the interview I’m certain you will be looking at your own career path with new eyes.
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In this interview, Laura and I speak about:
(3:10) Her joys as a child (lots of cuddly animals, including a raccoon!)
(3:46) What it’s like to have an adopted raccoon as a pet
(4:20) My experiences growing up raising parrots
(5:00) Laura’s current work of helping people find “Work that feels like home.”
(6:00) Key things to think of, now, if you’re dreading your current job (especially if following your passion and getting in a flow state isn’t working)
(7:30) The “Eureka Glacier” of how Laura shifted her own career from an actress to a coach
(9:55) My own feeling of torn integrity being in advertising, but working on retreats on the weekend
(10:40) Our perspective and priorities change as we move through life, and learning to let our careers change, too
(11:00) The generational difference on how our parents/grandparents viewed careers (many years in the same job), and how we now see careers
(12:00) Laura’s definition of the “Boomer Blueprint” (how our grandparents / parents) viewed the career path, from college, to career
(13:00) Work Life integration
(15:00) Leaving a legacy in our life’s work, and how that impacts decisions and how we choose a career
(16:30) What to look for if you want to stay in a corporate job, if you’re interviewing for new jobs
(19:00) Why you should focus on following purpose over passion, and the difference between the two
(22:40) How Laura has clients focus on the purpose first, and not consider possible job titles until later in the career search path
(24:00) An exercise Laura has clients do to help figure out purpose – “What my random jobs have in common”
(25:00) What the crossroads of purpose and joy look like in Laura’s work with clients (purposeful work doesn’t have to be non profit, “do-gooder” work)
(28:30) What would surprise people about Laura’s work as a career coach
(29:20) The admin and maintenance that goes along with running your own business
(30:30) Your Career Homecoming – Laura’s career change course. It focuses on getting over your career baggage, gets your mindset in the right place, and then looks at the “why,” the “what,” and the “how” of your career.
(35:00) Guest faculty for Your Career Homecoming class
(38:00) Laura’s thoughts on bringing your Dream Into Action
(40:00) Laura’s answer on how to Jump Start Your in your life
Your Career Homecoming – Find out more about the upcoming class (including free training videos), which starts April 27.
Laura’s post on “What Your Random Jobs Have in Common”
Laura Simms’ website (WithLauraSimms.com)
Chris Guillebeau’s Born for This book (on Amazon)
What have you done to find or search for a career that feels like home?