113: Navigating Career Paths, Passion Projects & the Job Search w/ Lauren McGoodwin

Today's guest is the expert on all things career, especially for ambitious women and anyone just entering the workforce. Lauren McGoodwin is a self-proclaimed “career center poster girl” and the founder of Career Contessa, a site dedicated to helping women build and excel in fulfilling careers.

This episode will answer your top questions about career building and job hunting, like “How do I find a career I'll actually enjoy?” and “What do I put on my resume if I've never worked before?”

In this episode we explore:
  • 1:24 – From “career center poster girl” to unemployed grad, to CEO of Career Contessa
  • 4:16 – How do I know when to quit my day job and go full-time with my passion project?
  • 6:42 – How do I find the right career that's fulfilling to me?
  • 8:54 – What's the biggest mistake I can make that would holds me back from a fulfilling career?
  • 11:39 – Analysis paralysis: How do I narrow down which career path to pursue?
  • 15:11 – How do I apply for jobs when I have no work experience?
  • 19:41 – What do I do when I have a degree in one field, but want a job in another field?
  • 21:41 – How do I bring up salary at interviews? How can I make sure I'm paid fairly?
  • 26:25 – Networking: How can I meet people and maintain connections? How do I make networking feel more authentic?
  • 29:44 – How am I supposed to pursue my passion if I'm broke / don't have time to work on it?
  • 32:14 – Q&A: Lauren's dream life, book recommendation, life-changing habit, best received advice & favorite part about life
Show notes:
  • Your next move is your best move because as long as you're moving forward, that's a good thing.
  • Networking is like a muscle. The more you flex it, the stronger it gets.
  • Life happens while you're making plans.

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