About Drew Carey
Board-Certified Career Coach
I'd like to share a quick story with you first before I tell you about my journey to career coaching. Last week, quite randomly, I had someone stop by my office, unannounced, no appointment scheduled, and I felt strongly that I should take the time and talk to him.
This gentleman just retired and was thinking about what do with the next third of his life professionally. He shared with me that in his early forties, he left a career as a successful, well-paid sales manager to become a therapist. He said what a blessing it was to have been able to spend even 15 years doing what he loved to do. When he told me this, I said, "That had to take a lot of courage." To which he responded, "Well, when you're ready to kill yourself rather than go in another day to work you hate, it becomes an easy decision."
Wow. My own story isn't so dramatic. But I was always the proverbial square peg in the round hole. I had followed the advice of parents, loved ones and several guidance counselors and picked a major in college that never felt like a good fit for me, journalism. In retrospect, it was a great major and allowed me to do a lot professionally with it. I had nearly 25 years of professional success, and it met my needs. Until it didn't.
I knew deep in my soul that I was supposed to be helping people in some way. I thought maybe I should be a therapist or counselor. Or maybe a social worker. When I discovered coaching as a profession in 2010, I knew I had found my calling.
I graduated from a coaching school in 2012 and took a gigantic leap of faith and quit my job in 2013 as a director of marketing to start coaching full-time. It became obvious almost immediately that my coaching niche would become career coaching.
I felt a deep connection to my clients who were suffering in jobs that felt like a dead-end or a bad fit. Over the years, I developed dozens of activities and exercises to help my clients find relief – even satisfaction and fulfillment – in their careers. And when it became obvious they needed to find a new career, I created a program designed to help them explore themselves and career options that could be a better fit.
Like most small business owners, I took a lot of classes to learn about running a successful business. In one such class, we worked on our vision, mission, and values. It always felt a bit hokey for me to say things like, “My purpose is to help my career coaching clients avoid the career pitfalls I did by applying transformative coaching methodologies in a practical, sensitive way.” But that idea is what gives me my greatest joy in doing the work I do.
I believe with all my heart that I am here on this earth to help others realize that they too can be deeply fulfilled by their career. I'd love the chance to talk to you to see if career coaching might make sense for you.