How Do You Take the Career Road Less Traveled?
July 19, 2021
Hosted by Ron Roel
There has long been a gap in the U.S. economy between the needs of employers and the skills and aspirations of available workers. While the pandemic has eased, the gap has grown even larger as employers face the challenge of getting people back to work, only to discover that the jobs they need are no longer the same, and workers, for their part, have discovered that they often don’t want to return to the same jobs—or even the same careers. In today’s episode, Lisa Strahs-Lorenc, the owner of Let Go Career Compass, will talk about how people can navigate this unsettling landscape to their next career journey. From early on in her own career, Lisa, herself, experienced the frustration of getting little professional guidance, as she pursued a path in early childhood education, only to find that it was a shrinking field with few job prospects. Having spent more than 25 years in workforce development in the business, nonprofit and education sectors, Lisa offers a broad and insightful perspective on how people can use their unique skills and interests to help create the best version of themselves for today’s job market—and for jobs in the future, which may look very different. She offers several signature interactive workshops, such as “The Road Less Traveled,” and “How Do You Stand Out?” that lead people to a better understanding of their career goals and personality traits related to the career paths they might select. Whether she’s working with students, or unemployed workers, seasoned professionals or those looking to use their transferable skills to explore new passions or careers, Lisa’s motto is “Do what you love, and you will love what you do.”
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