CEO + Career + Strengths Coach: SARAH COLLINS
I am a seasoned career coach who started my career working with college students in higher education. Through this experience I was able to work one-on-one with young professionals helping them as they transitioned to and within professional careers. I am also a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach and always use a strengths-based approach when coaching clients.
As a seasoned presenter and teacher I am able to assist organizations in thinking about how they utilize their teams' strengths to enhance their culture or to provide additional professional support to their employees. We know employees who are engaged at work are more productive, I come in to organizations and work with managers, teams or individuals on how to use strengths to meet their goals.
What else should you know about me? I bring energy and enthusiasm to any interaction I have with individuals. My own strengths allow me to come into any situation with an upbeat attitude and a mission to act. I will tailor any interaction specifically to you or your teams needs and I will leave you with tangible steps to reach your goals.
It took about one week as a college student for me to realize maybe I hadn’t thought out my future career very well.
My parents did not attend college. I was a true-blue, first-generation college student. All I knew was that I wanted to go to college to be a Husker. And I knew I wanted to talk for a living.
My journey was long and was full of ups and downs. When I finally went to graduate school, they asked me what my strengths were. No one had done that before! We took the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment and I was able to read about my top 5 strengths (positivity, woo, communication, harmony and activator in case you are wondering). Had someone taken the time to talk to me about what I liked doing, what I was good at, and what was important to me back in college, I might have led a very different life.
And while I do not regret any part of my story, I want to help others find their own way a little easier and faster.
The reason I’ve had success as a career coach is because I truly love what I do and I am good at it (and I’m feeling very narcissistic right now). But seriously, I can help people. So here I am. This is my business (I definitely never, ever thought I’d be an entrepreneur). But this is me living my life in the best and most fulfilling way. And that’s what I want to help others find. We all value different things, but I think, we all want to live a meaningful and happy life.
Us Americans spend over 90,000 hours in our lifetimes working, so it’s safe to say if we don’t enjoy and thrive at work we won’t feel fulfilled and happy in life. And that’d be a shame.
Maybe you never have found that thing that makes you excited to get up in the morning. Or maybe you did, but now that isn’t doing it for you anymore. Sometimes people need to talk through and explore what they want to do. Sometimes people have a fairly good idea about what they want to do, but they are unsure how to successfully achieve that goal. Sometimes we just need help with the nuts and bolts (like building a kick-ass resume, writing a cover letter or just sharpening those winning interview skills). This is what I specialize in. I got here the hard way. But I got here. And I want to help you get here too.
I have always felt drawn to education. In kindergarten, I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. In first grade, I wanted to be a first grade teacher. In second grade…well, you get the gist. I knew I would attend college, but I didn’t want to commit to pursuing a traditional career in education. It didn’t seem like the right choice, even though I couldn’t explain why and didn’t have another plan. I ended up with an undeclared major and thought I would take classes that seemed interesting and figure it out from there.
As it goes for most, a combination of my academics, extra-curricular activities, and work experience, as well as some advice and mentorship along the way, led me to a career. I’m a big believer that some people are meant to pursue one specific career, and that many others have interests and skills to be happy and thrive in many different careers throughout their lifetime. I consider myself a member of the latter category, and have found that by planned happenstance (a great theory we can chat about in a coaching call!) being a career coach is an excellent role for me. I want to help you find that great fit (or fits, as the case may be). Maybe you already know what those careers might be, and you need help making the leap. I’m here to help you navigate an intentional journey (much more so than mine was) toward success and happiness.