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Life Purpose and Career: Interview with Ann Hogan

Ann Hogan is a professional Life-Career Coach with 20+ years of combined life-career experience as a student, medical lab tech, parent, school and community volunteer, facilitator & Certified Life Skills and Career Development Coach.
“One of my personal desires is that every adult who is a role model to children & youth, has the essential life-career skills required for all to enjoy successful relationships, lives & careers,” is what she says about herself.
We asked her 10 questions about career and finding life purpose sent by the readers of The One Question.

1. Have you found your life purpose? How?

Yes-I believe that my life purpose has evolved to the point where I know I am meant to be a coach, to assist other people to find their life-career satisfaction/success also.

I did a spiritual gift inventory after I became a professional coach and the results indicated that my top 2 gifts were compassion & teaching. I felt very validated by that.

I found my purpose as a coach through a series of processes. The most important point, I think, is that I took the time to reflect on my life experiences.

After raising our children in partnership with my husband and after working as a medical laboratory technologist for over 20 years, I came to a point of feeling “ burned out”. That negative state was a strong sign that something needed to change.

So, I took a leave from work and also attended a 3 day Career Planning workshop. The reflection process in the work shop was where I asked myself such questions as;

What activities were meaningful for me throughout the years, both personally & professionally?
o When did I feel proud/ have a sense of accomplishment? etc.

We did many activities including visualization in that workshop. I came away from the workshop knowing that I wanted to work directly with people, probably on a one to one basis so I could get to know people at a deeper level and to assist them in some way. However, I remained unsure of what my preferred career would be.

Then one day I planned on attending a Power Within seminar. I set an intention that day, as I entered the conference room full of several hundred people, that I would meet someone who would somehow assist me in moving forward with my career choice. I chose a row to sit in and a lady to sit beside. When I struck up a conversation at break time with that lady, she informed me that she was a Life Skills Coach. I loved what she had to say about being a coach and the rest is history. I found out where to get the education/training and I went back to college and earned a two year Life Skills & Career Development Coach diploma.

When I pay attention to my feelings, thoughts, and insights and when my experiences are in alignment with my purpose, I feel fulfilled.

How to Prepare to attend Career Shows

Friday Oct. 29th, 10 AM – 5 PM  &  SAT OCT 30, 10 AM – 4 PM   BMO CENTRE, STAMPEDE PARK A career show or fair is a great opportunity to gather educational & career development information as well as an opportunity to meet face to face with many potential employers/recruiters if you are in [...]

What are Resiliency Skills?

What are Resiliency Skills?
Resilience is defined in Dictionary.com as…
1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position etc., after being bent, compressed or stretched.
2. ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity or the like: buoyancy.

Synonyms are; elasticity, health, healthiness, strength, tonicity, vigor.

Skills is defined as proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience.

Synonyms are; abilities- a general word for power (native or acquired) enabling one to do things well, talents, aptitudes.

With the above definitions & understanding of Resiliency Skills in mind, please imagine yourself as being composed of elastic band type material…
How resilient do you think you are?

The Power Of Listening

Have you heard the saying? “We have two ears and one mouth to let us know that we should listen twice as much as we speak.”—unknown One of the most important skills to hone as a coach of  managers and individuals is the ability to listen. Listening is not only about the words, but also about [...]