Originally I had the idea of just hiring Jennifer to help with this particular challenge related to the book. But after working with her for 2-3 months on that, it became clear that regular coaching with her had the potential to help me think through my larger professional and personal priorities — in my case, that included applying for a new job, figuring out what to say “yes” and what to say “no” to in terms of research and teaching at my current job, etc. Jennifer has helped me to think through these kinds of questions with an eye to what makes me most grounded and content in my life as a whole.
After getting tenure and dealing with some changes in my department, I had lost all sense of what I wanted to be doing with my career and what parts of my job were meaningful to me. Jennifer helped me articulate my values and identify both the things I enjoy about my job and the parts I am good at. She has helped me think strategically about shifting my work load more towards the parts I enjoy and away from the things I find most taxing. Together we developed real-life solutions for my frustration and burn-out.
As a coach, Jennifer helped me to find practical solutions for moving forward with a stalled book project. Since beginning my sessions with her, I have thoroughly reorganized the manuscript and completed three chapters, putting me well on my way to a finished project. More importantly, though, she guided me through an examination of the root causes underlying this stalled project, encouraging me to think about my professional obligations and aspirations in a more holistic way. Because of her many years of experience in higher education, Jennifer understands all facets of academic life, which makes her good at helping with both nitty gritty details and the bigger picture. Her perceptive questions and sage advice have inspired me not only to rethink my priorities in the present, but also to engage…
Career coaching with Jennifer Askey helped me focus on what I like to do and what I am good at, and helped me see what aspects of my job and career I might want to de-emphasize. I think these techniques and what I learned about myself will help in the future as life and jobs constantly change. Career coaching is a bit like work therapy. I recommend Jennifer to anyone who may have questions about what is next, work-wise.