Associate Director of the Natural Resource Center at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO
I am currently the executive director of a large, non-profit outdoor residential school. Before this position, I taught at a university and tribal college out West, and worked for about 16 years as a professional natural resource manager for a federal agency. Because my background is quite different from the other folks I saw listed on the testimonial site, I had some initial reservations about using George as my career consultant. So I called George and expressed my concerns. He was very understanding and assured me that his coaching process is applicable to almost any situation and that he did, in fact, have experience as a career consultant for people in non-profit positions. He is also a lover of the outdoors so I figured he must be a good guy! Thus, George was hired and it was a terrific decision.
I have been in my current position for almost seven years. This is the first non-profit job I’ve ever had. Although I love the mission and people of the organization, the day-to-day routine duties had started to wear on me. The trouble was I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. The conversations I had with George and the exercises he assigned me allowed me to see the patterns in my work life, what I liked about each job and what I didn’t like, where my values lie, etc. These patterns showed me that I’m the kind of person who likes to be creative, start up new initiatives, develop and deliver programs or re-invent something. Challenges and opportunities for growth are very important to me and my current job had become routine. However, because of the poor economy and the fact that I had a deadline for moving on, I was worried that I would take the first acceptable job that came along. George was instrumental in keeping me on track and staying true to my needs and values.
George also really helped me nail down my interviewing skills as well. I learned how to do a needs assessment based on what the employer was looking for, and anticipate and be ready for the hard interview questions. My interviews went really well thanks to George’s coaching and I ended up choosing between two excellent positions. I chose the job that would challenge me more and allow me to grow and stay true to myself. Before I met George, I might have chosen the other one because that position was familiar, comfortable and “safe”. I would have been comfortable but not happy! My new position is the associate director of a natural resource center at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. This position involves everything I loved about my other jobs without the things that bogged me down. It’s a great fit for me. Thanks, George!