Hi! I’m Emily Smith, and I’m a career coach for people who are feeling stuck, unhappy, or uncertain about the direction their careers are headed. I spent 3 years in law school and another 12 years as a lawyer being really unhappy most of that time. But, I am who I am, and I was determined to make it work. I was "successful" in the eyes of my employers, clients, family, friends. Logically, my brain told me I should be happy, and I figured my heart would eventually catch up. It never did, and working with my own career coach helped me figure out why.
It really boiled down to two important things: strengths and core values. As a lawyer, I wasn't focusing on work that showcased my unique personality strengths. A lot of what I was required to do as a lawyer conflicted with my natural personality and behavioral style, and working so hard to resolve the conflict was exhausting. I didn't have the awareness to understand that my natural personality weaknesses weren't character flaws or failures. That took a serious toll on my confidence.
Also, I didn't understand what deeply motivated me. I didn't know my own core values, or my own personal definition of success. I thought I knew those things, but I had them confused with what other people valued and what I thought I should value.
I now realize that blindly taking new jobs without comparing them against my strengths and core values was a big gamble that I never won! And lacking that awareness prevented me from ever being able to establish long term career goals. It was truly a snowball effect.
It wasn't until I hired my own career coach that I understood the importance of those self awareness tools among so many others. Through that process, I realized I didn't want to practice law anymore. And learning the importance of those tools made me want to help others learn them too.
So I decided to become a career coach and start my own business - although it certainly didn't happen overnight. It took a couple of years of planning, saving money, and a lot of support from my husband, two kids, and other family and friends to help keep me on track. But I stepped out of my comfort zone and embarked on a different career path that has enabled me to truly honor my core values. I love helping people figure out how to they can do the same.
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"Emily is highly intelligent and has superb analytical skills. What makes her unique is her added ability to offer emotionally intelligent advice so that you feel that she has heard you and is guiding you to what is in your best interest. Once she identifies your need, she will see the solution on through the end. She basically doesn’t quit until she knows you are satisfied. Using Emily’s services has always been one of the best career decisions I have ever made."