Unapologetically Embrace Your Career Pivots
People make career pivots for many reasons including to raise children, care for a loved one, or move into a new career due to changing interests or job market. Whatever the reason for your pivot, consider:
- There is no such thing as losing your mojo, you are simply gaining a different type of mojo when you pivot.
- Break expectations of the typical career path for things that are important to you.
- Outsource responsibilities that you don’t want to do.
- Regain your confidence in work by getting back in and trying - sometimes failing and often succeeding.
- Like never forgetting how to ride a bike, it just takes a bit of warming up to get back in the gears - you might find that you are faster or stronger because you came off for awhile.
- Consider sharpening another skill-set that you didn’t even know you had.
- #ShaketheShame of making decisions that are right for you.
- Let people know why you did what you did and what you are bringing to the table because of it.
- Choose where you are going to put your effort and your skills and that is where they will develop.
- Don’t worry about how you look, worry about what the experience is teaching you.
- No matter what you do, your skills are always transferable.
- If you don’t take that time to explore, your life becomes a series of "What Ifs?" and "Woulda, Coulda, Shouldas." Consider positive questions like, “What if I weren't afraid?”
Johanna curates and hosts highly successful nationwide events including Find Work You Love Conferences and Career Transformation Summits, The Workforce Diversity Summit™ at Microsoft, and local and national celebrations of 40 Years of Women at Yale.
After a career sabbatical to raise two children, Johanna founded two companies in addition to Connect•Work•Thrive™: Keep Me Tax Free™, which secures tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations and Wise Consulting, a boutique firm which provides strategic planning, operations, marketing, and financial expertise to growing businesses.
Johanna holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, a BS in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, and a Certificate in Small Business Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Johanna was born and raised in NYC and is also a proud graduate of Hunter College High School.