Anna VanRemoortel, Executive Director of Roslindale Village Main Street
Anna graduated from Duke University with a Master’s in Sociology. She is currently the executive director of a Boston nonprofit that focuses on community and economic development.
on this episode
What happens when the career plan you’ve always had falls apart?
Anna VanRemoortel realized early on in her PhD program that she was not on a career path that would ultimately make her happy. Her identity was heavily tied to her academic job, so when she realized she was no longer excited about her work and questioned her career’s direction, she was left feeling like she was lacking in all areas of her life.
She is now (happily!) the executive director of a nonprofit organization that is focused on making a difference in its local Boston community. Learn how Anna doubled down on her strengths, found value in her transferable skills, gained confidence and made the most of networking opportunities.
What you’ll learn
- Why you’re never really “starting over,” even when it feels like it
- How to identify when it’s time to change your career direction
- The importance of differentiating your skills from your strengths
- How to dig deep and figure out what will make you happy & fill your cup
- Ways to make the most of casual networking opportunities
The transition was so much easier than the last and so much more gratifying because of all that I learned with HTYC
That's one of the things I learned about in CCB is just the importance of, where are you coming from? Are you more trying to escape from or are you going to, but before that all before CCB, I was thinking very much in terms of I want to escape from. OR Starting with career change boot camp, I think one of the big things that realized is that you can't think your way there. You've got to kind of get out of yourself and, you know, go out and take action. And that definitely came through in terms of the experiments and just kind of the action steps are part of a career change boot camp.
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