735. Navigating Your Next Step from the Inside Out
“A job is not necessarily forever. If you think you want to do something and you have an opportunity in front of you, go try it. And if in one year down the road you realize it is negatively impacting how you feel or who you are or some other opportunity comes your way, go ahead and try that or find fulfillment outside of work. I just want people to be able to connect to themselves.”
Emily Marquis is a Career & Life Coach, Celebrant and Yoga Instructor. She has been coaching clients since 2011 and has a previous background in Human Resources and recruitment. Emily works with each client uniquely by helping them identify their core values and celebrate strengths to use as a compass for their career path. She also helps clients find balance and time management skills with a mindfulness philosophy.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“As soon as I moved to Lake Tahoe I was hired for a human resources position at a ski resort. For 4 years I thrived in various roles finally becoming HR director at a local hotel. I was fortunate to be given the authority to shape culture, create different programs and policies to make things better. I became an agent of change and was given the support to create environments that made people want to come work there. I loved the work!”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“I was in business school at the University of Vermont and applied for an internship at Burton Snowboards, a highly regarded company. I had switched my focus from accounting, which was not my thing at all, to human resources and social psychology, which fascinated me. With absolutely zero experience on my part, the HR manager decided I would be a good fit for an internship in HR working directly with him. It was an amazing opportunity and a huge catalyst for my professional career.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“During our entire childhood we are shaped and influenced by our family of origin, our friends, our schools, even the local community with their own expectations, values and beliefs. All of it is well-meaning, of course, but it distances you from who you really are, who you have been since you were born. And it often makes the decisions you are faced with during your teenage years that much more difficult. You have known who you are since birth but trying to get back to that place, back to yourself, takes a massive amount of work.”
Steps to Success from Emily Marquis
1. Realize that finding your ideal career is often a lifetime project.
2. If you are just starting out, take the pressure off yourself and do not think you have to figure it all out right now.
3. You do not have to take the first job that comes your way right after you graduate college or university however prestigious or lucrative it is.
4. Do whatever you can to connect with yourself: volunteer, start journaling, travel, or cultivate a hobby or passion in your free time.
5. Be open to opportunities that present themselves to you, even from the most unexpected places.
Connecting With Emily Marquis
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Topics: Finding Self, Values