Business Coach Sarah Kent, previous Kindergarten teacher and Corporate HR professional, shares her career journey and how she created the opportunities to facilitate the transition.
Having a firm understanding of who you are—your strengths, your preferences, and the conditions in which you excel—and then using that knowledge to choose your career is a sure-fire way of creating a career that you’ll love.
Sarah Kent started out as a kindergarten teacher then later moved to an HR organizational development role. On the outside, her career was taking off well, and she was earning a great salary. But on the inside, Sarah was growing increasingly frustrated. Something wasn’t fitting in. She wasn’t doing the kind of work that she’s meant to do.
I’d met someone a few years earlier who just loved her work. And I was like, Oh, my God, how do you do that? How do you just really love your work?
In 2008, Sarah made the leap. She left her corporate career to build a new path that leverages not only her strengths but also who she is, her preferred work style and how she wanted to make an impact with the people she worked with.
Today, Sarah, who is back in her homeland New Zealand, is a business coach who helps entrepreneurs create the changes they want to make in their businesses.
By diving in, I figured out what I needed to do. What was for me and what wasn’t for me.
In this episode, Sarah and I talked about her career journey, the main factors that pushed her to make a career change, and how she created the opportunities to facilitate the transition.
And as Sarah is an experienced business coach, I also asked for her thoughts on how best to get started with a freelance career or to pursue an idea for a product-based business.
Highlights of Episode 25
- Sarah’s career story from teacher to Corporate HR to Business Coach
- How her willingness to try things out helped her transition from employee to freelancer to business owner
- The importance of creating new relationships in your chosen field/area of work
- What you should do first if you’re thinking of leveraging your skills and start a freelance side business
- What you should do first if you have an idea for a product-based business
To learn more about Sarah Kent, visit her site.
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