I’m so excited because I’ve figured out who I am going to serve in my life coaching practice: recent college grads, young women who are trying to navigate that incredibly challenging period between college and the rest of their lives. That phase when many are wondering what to do next and wondering why in the world they picked the career they did.
Everyone I talk to who has graduated within the last several years says the same thing: this time of our lives is confusing, scary, and overwhelming.
When you really think about it, this transition from college to the rest of our lives is one of the biggest transitions of our lives that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. When we graduate from high school we have a huge party and it’s such a celebratory and exciting time. We also have so much support as we transition into college: academic advisors, R.A.’s, orientation weekends and the built-in social support network of friends that dorm life provides.
But post-college? All too often we feel we are completely on our own, like we are let loose into the world with little preparation for what comes next. We go from the safe and predictable structure that school provides, which has shaped our lives for at least the last 18 years, into a wide-open sea of possibilities…and quite frankly that prospect can be incredibly daunting and scary.
It definitely was for me. My final months of college consisted of a grueling semester of student teaching, and it took all I had to just get through that. When graduation did arrive, I felt so unprepared and freaked out that I jumped at the first opportunity that presented itself: a paid plane ticket to Chile, courtesy of my long-distance Chilean boyfriend. This might sound great, yet deep down I knew Chile wasn’t where I wanted to live. But because I didn’t know what I wanted to do next, the prospect of having some kind of plan was all too alluring, so I packed my bags and headed off to South America, where I ended up living for the next year.
I still remember this year as being one of the difficult years of my life. I was living thousands of miles away from my friends and family, I had no idea how to navigate my cross-cultural relationship, and I still didn’t know what I wanted out of my career. At times I remember feeling like my world had been flipped upside down, like I had no way of knowing where to place my next step, or what was coming next.
I really could have used someone to talk to at this point in my life. Someone who had been through it, who could give me a new perspective on what I was going through and reassure me that it was completely normal. Someone who could help me figure out my next steps and how to create a life that felt exciting and fulfilling.
Now I’m ready to be that supportive person for people going through this challenging period. I am so passionate about teaching through my own experiences and utilizing my life coach training to support young women as they transition into their adult lives. I want to help them figure out what it is they really want to do with their precious time on this planet. Too many amazing, talented young women are wandering around feeling lost and unsure of themselves, and I want to help to change that.
If you are interested in learning more about coaching with me or know someone who might be interested, check out my coaching page here. You can also send me an email at email@example.com and we can set up a free coaching session together.