After 10+ years in the corporate world, Kim left her company to raise her baby and find what it was that was calling her. That was when she started Great Heights Coaching, a company through which she helps individuals and organizations maximize success. Kim has an MBA with a concentration in organizational development from Boston College and her career and life coach certification through the Life Purpose Institute.
Can you talk about your career path and what led you to choose career coaching?
I got an undergraduate degree in psychology, and my original dream was to go into a PhD. program and become a clinical psychologist. When it came time to apply for the programs, I kind of froze. I thought: I can’t really afford a full time program. I’ll be thirty before I can even move out of my mother’s home. All these fears arose for me, and I realized that it wasn’t the right time in my life to take that step.
I went through a complete shift when I entered the corporate world and took a job at EMC. I loved my job and the corporate environment, which is why I was there for 9 years. I managed relationships with various business partnerships. It was a satisfying role for me because I was able to use my psychology background to build relationships, understand what motivates people, and negotiate with others. For a long time I felt a great sense of satisfaction from my job.
While I was at EMC, I decided to pursue an MBA part time. I felt that I was missing some of the mechanics, having not studied business as an undergraduate. By the time I graduated from the program, I was ready for a change of scenery. Things had changed a lot: the company was growing wildly, but didn’t have the same focus on its people.
I decided to try a smaller organization, thinking that it would be a better fit for me. I accepted a partner management position at Monster, where I worked for two years. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a good cultural fit for me. The organization wasn’t committed to developing its people or leveraging its talent. I didn’t feel connected to the mission and just couldn’t pour my heart and soul into it as I had in previous roles.
I had a baby in 2010 and made the decision to stay home with him. Because I felt so disconnected from my work, it was hard for me to justify putting a newborn in daycare to go to a job that wasn’t fulfilling.
I was fortunate enough to be able to make that decision. As I was settling into my new role,I started thinking about what it was that made me happy. It had been so long since I’d felt any sense of satisfaction in my career. I knew that there had to be something I did well that I also enjoyed doing.
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