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by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM    "There is an eagle in me that wants to soar,   and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud." - Carl Sandburg Discovering and living your calling is an adventure. Responding to God's call to fulfill your mission in life will require you to journey beyond the boundaries of your...
By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM Are you thinking about going back to school? If so, you are not alone. A recent analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org and FastWeb.com, found that the average annual increase in total college enrollment during a recession is 3.7 times more than increases in between recessions....
Most people spend more time planning their vacations than their career and life.   What about you?  If you are like many people, you may feel less than excited about your current work.  A Gallup poll found that more than 55% of people in the workforce were not engaged in their work, meaning that they had no energy and/or motivation for what they were doing on the job. You are a masterpiece made by God with great...
Just like the gauges on your car that warn you of overheating, low oil or engine problems, there are also "warning signs" that indicate it could be time to make a career or job change.  Do any of these seven signs describe you? 1.  You and your boss don't get along and/or have personality clashes.   Your boss can have a huge impact on how you feel about your work.  Even if you love your job duties, if your boss is not...
" What does God want me to do with my career ?" is a question many of us ask at various points in our lives.  Equally important as the question are our expectations of how God will guide us in finding an answer.  While we may want direct guidance with a specific answer, God doesn't usually choose to act in that way. God certainly can indicate supernaturally which job or career path we should pursue.  At times, he may choose to...
Do you have any  killer skills ?  "What are killer skills?" you may ask. Killer skills can be some of your best abilities; they could be skills that others-including your boss-ask you to use frequently. Killer skills are those abilities that you perform very well, but that you hate using. Whenever you have to use them, you can feel the energy draining out of you. They therefore "kill" your energy and enthusiasm for work (and life)...
Would you like to quickly find jobs that use your work experience and expertise? CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides  My Skills, My Future,  which is a tool to help you find careers that use your skills and experience. My Skills, My Future  is one of many tools that the U.S. Department of Labor has to help job hunters and career changers. It can help you: Find new occupations to explore...
Each January provides a chance for a "do-over"; the fresh, new year presents the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, set some new (or newly embraced) goals, and do things differently in the months to come. If your goals for this year include finding a new career-one that is your vocational calling-you may not be sure where to begin. Here are some suggested steps to get you started: 1.  Take stock of your work life thus far....
Money has power. In our book,  Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life,  we write: "Whether we earn a little of a lot, each of us wrestles with money's hold on our heart and mind. Money is not a neutral thing; it has intrinsic power and the potential of being used for good or evil....Learning to manage money wisely is an  essential discipleship skill , because it directly affects...
How do you feel about how technology has changed the world of work? Many people feel overwhelmed by fast-paced technological changes and fearful that they will fall behind or become obsolete in their job or industry. Keeping up with advances in technology is critical for your career and thriving in this quickly changing job market. To be competent in your current professional and competitive for future positions of interest you must be...
"Learning to choose is hard. Learning to choose well is harder. And learning to choose well in a world of unlimited possibilities is harder still, perhaps too hard " ( The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less  by Barry Schwartz). Research has shown that when someone is presented with a large number of opportunities, it is difficult to make a confident decision and the person is likely to be dissatisfied with his or her choice. This...
While it is wise to get a checkup annually from your doctor, it can be equally important to do the same for your career.  Doing so can lead to being a healthier, more joyful worker in your current job or a new one.  Have you had your career checkup?  Here are four more healthy action steps for your 2018 career checkup:    5.  Seek out the needed training, development and education for your new career...

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