Sarah is a badass career coach, author, and the founder of Careergasm, where she helps people quit jobs they hate in order to find work that feels good. Sarah walks the walk, and started her career on the path to becoming a professor in business school, but found herself extremely unhappy, and instead of pushing through, left her PhD program four years deep.
We talk about how to navigate looking for a new job or building a side hustle while you’re still employed. We also get into the power of great mentors, the struggles inherent in leaving academia, and dealing with people who are unsupportive of big changes. Sarah explains how she schedules her week to match her work chemistry, and advocates for experimentation in order to find what works for you.
TOPICS EXPLORED IN THIS EPISODE:
A simple exercise to gain clarity on your desired career ingredients [ 4:13 ]
How Sarah and I went on a journey of theme hunting [ 7:26 ]
How to handle looking for a new job or building a side hustle as an employee [ 10:00 ]
How to reframe the guilt you feel about leaving a profession [ 12:20 ]
The “other” student debt [ 14:14 ]
The sunk cost fallacy to the max [ 16:30 ]
How mentors helped Sarah get unstuck in academia [ 20:30 ]
One of the signs that you are in the wrong career track [ 26:55 ]
Where many issues with work tend to manifest [ 30:02 ]
How Sarah schedules her week to be a coach, author and human [ 33:37 ]
What Sarah thinks about how you’re “supposed to” write [ 36:47 ]
How Sarah balances her ambition and need for a life [ 44:53 ]
What to do if you find your interests changing [ 50:37 ]
The need for career experimentation never actually ends.
I was an otherwise intelligent woman, except for the fact that I was doing too much at once and not enjoying the beautiful successes along the way.
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