No Matter How Unhappy You Feel, Making A Career Transition Can Seem Impossible 

Career dissatisfaction is incredibly common. But, even professionals who’ve excelled in one career rarely know how to make a career change.

As someone who’s achieved all of your professional goals, you might not feel like you have the right to complain. And, like many others, you might worry about how friends, family members and colleagues will react if you leave your prestigious career.

From a young age, many of us learn that only a few life paths have real worth. It can seem that becoming a lawyer, doctor, engineer, professor, executive, etc., is the only way to attain a meaningful life.

We also make our educational and career decisions based on narrow options rather than our skills, values, personalities and preferred lifestyles. For example, a teenager who shows a talent for debate might be told that they should become a lawyer, not realizing at that young age that as a lawyer most of your days are not filled with debate, but rather billable hours, research and writing. Unfortunately, we often make these decisions before we understand the daily realities of our “dream jobs.”

Now that you’re immersed in a career you’ve worked hard to establish, you might feel as though you’ve been tricked. You’ve checked all the boxes, but life feels empty. You might be facing that terrifying thought—I’m in the wrong career.

For many, the idea of making a career change is overwhelming, if not downright scary. You’ve persevered for so long, and now you’re supposed to start over? If you couldn’t choose the right career the first time, is trying again even worth it?

You are not alone – I've been there

15 years ago, I was working at a university, teaching professors how to improve their methods of instruction. The work wasn’t directly tied to my degrees in counseling psychology, but I had a good, stable job in academia. Even though I wasn’t fully satisfied, it seemed I couldn’t justify leaving to pursue another career.

I continued working hard, as I’d always done. 


I might have continued going through the motions if it weren’t for one thing: my boss. 

It wasn’t that he encouraged me to pursue my passions—quite the opposite. He criticized and berated his all-female staff. If I was late to a training with coffee or snacks (duties not in my job description), he would publicly humiliate me. He consistently undermined my authority and sense of self. I endured his unprofessional treatment for longer than I should have.

Why?

I felt trapped. I had two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia, but I felt like I had no options. I didn’t know what I wanted for myself, let alone how to achieve it. And, my job didn’t leave me much time or energy to figure it out.

Eventually, his behavior escalated.

Then, finally, after another dehumanizing remark, something snapped. I cleared out my office over the weekend and quit first thing on Monday.


I was terrified at first. I didn’t know what to do. Even though I was lucky to have my husband’s support, I had never been without a job since I was about 12.

After a period of uncertainty, I decided to use my newfound free time to study for my psychology licensing exam. I dedicated my energy to building this new counseling and consulting practice with my husband. When I took on my first clients, I knew I had found what I really wanted to do: empower people—especially women—to make profound changes in their lives.


So, I have created this 8-week coaching group. Before I launch it publicly at full price, I am running an exlusive-pre-launch offer for a very small, limited group that won't be offered again.


My only regret is that I didn’t make my own changes sooner. Now, I want to help you overcome all those doubts and circumstances holding you back.


​With career transition coaching you can use your power to create the life you want to live​.

Set up a call with me to see if this career coaching course is right for you!

What I most appreciated about Dr. Orbe-Austin was her genuine investment in my personal and professional success. She not only took the time to learn about my individual interests and aspirations, she provided encouragement and advice every step of the way. In many ways, my ability to thrive in the face of various challenges was largely catalyzed by her support and the faith she instilled in me regarding my own potential. If you are seeking a professional who can help you identify your own strengths and talents while also pushing you to stretch, grow, and advance towards possibilities you may not have even realized existed, she is someone you’ll want to connect with!

Tomomi Uetani

Director of Career Services Services and Leadership Management Columbia School of Social Work

The PEOPLE Career Solutions for Women Coaching Group: Discover New Possibilities and Purpose

As a counselor and coach, I have over 15 years of experience helping clients find meaningful careers. I’ve distilled the essential components of successful career transitions into an 8-week course.

With the PEOPLE Career Solutions for Women Coaching Group, it’s possible to gain the insights and tools needed to make empowered career transitions.

PEOPLE stands for the essential components that I have found make the difference in successful professional transitions.

POWER

Redirecting your POWER from others to yourself. We’ll focus on identifying your limiting beliefs and external barriers and create a plan to address what gets in the way and we’ll work to eliminate them. We’ll get to know you, your strengths, your leadership style, how stress impacts you and how you approach change. We’ll focus on harnessing your own power for yourself, your dreams and your future. That means identifying your strengths and eliminating the barriers in your way. 

EFFORT

As you go about the job search, I’ll tell you what activities are worth your time and energy, based on my 15 years of experience in the field, along with recent data on career change and search.

OPTIMISM

This means connecting to your career dreams and believing that what you want is possible. We’ll focus on what you CAN DO and what you DO HAVE so you can take the best next steps.

PERSISTENCE

I’ll discuss the typical triggers that erode focus and drive and offer proven methods to stay the course when they occur.

LEARNING

Here we’ll cover all the concrete AND material components related to a career transition, including resumes, cover letters, interviews, follow-up and search strategies.

ENGAGEMENT

Having a strong booster community around you is critical for your job transition success. For most people, this is the most dreaded part of job search and transition. But, after working with me, most clients say, “Oh, this networking is kind of fun. I don’t know why I was dreading it.”

The skills that I show you here will last you a lifetime and be your inoculation from ever being stuck again.

​My standard rate is $275 for 45-minute session and my testing batteries each cost $575. To go through all the assessments in this group and the weekly calls with me one-on-one would cost you over $5500. And that does not include the weekly office hours on Facebook or the hours of content that you will receive in the modules for the group.


​If you sign up now for this pre-launch group, you will be receiving over 85% off for a cost of only $697.​


Set up a call with me to see if this career coaching course is right for you!

Dr. Orbé-Austin is an outstanding career counselor, who is my go-to referral. She is thoughtful, practical and tremendously effective. She works particularly well with women feeling stuck in their professional lives and has truly changed the lives of many women who came to her unable to see a path ahead.

Jennifer Bernstein, MD

Medical Director Manhattan Psychiatric Associates

This online, multi-model career coaching program also offers:


  • A tightknit community of women who understand where you’re coming from
  • Weekly webinar calls with me and the group
  • A private Facebook group for support, advice and accountability
  • Two comprehensive batteries of online career assessment (career fit exploration and leadership/management assessments)
  • Tools and tricks for navigating the job search and career transitions
  • Techniques for stand-out cover letters and resumes
  • Strategies for building professional communities through collaborative networking
  • Easy web access to resources, lessons and activities

Throughout our 8 weeks together, our work will be action-oriented and skills-based, tailored to the group’s specific goals. You can:


  • Gain a greater sense of your professional identity
  • Determine whether or not your current career is right for you
  • Identify other career options that fit your values, personality, skills and preferred lifestyle, as well as your experience (Changing careers doesn’t erase your hard work!)
  • Stop feeling stuck and start exploring new possibilities
  • Set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely (S.M.A.R.T.) goals to help you make real changes in your life
  • Develop a positive, confident mindset about this transition
  • Discover your passions so that career change steps become interesting and fun

​But, you may have questions and concerns about working with a women’s career coach…

​I don't have time

​How will group career coaching meet my individual needs?

​Coaching is too expensive

You don’t need to keep feeling stuck. With expert guidance, effective tools and a supportive community, you can find the fulfillment you've been searching for.

If you’re ready to achieve the fulfilling career you’ve been longing for, set up a call with me to learn more!

​You can find ​Career Fulfillment!​

One of my favorite things to do is take the complex, overwhelming career ideas and SIMPLIFY it and teach it to others. I promise you will not be overwhelmed with technical jargon or impossible goals!

What seems like an unwieldy task, with many moving parts, suddenly starts to become clear when I walk you through, step-by-step.

I’m “in the trenches” with you, helping you achieve specific, measurable results with your career transition.

You’ll get simple, actionable steps from each of the SIX PEOPLE MODULES, so you can win every day in your career transition… without spending a fortune, and without spending all day stressing!

Click the button below to be one of the super-savvy participants to join me in the PEOPLE Career Solution for Women!​

​A​bout Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin


​Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin is a counseling psychologist and executive coach, with a focus on career advancement, leadership development and job transitions.  Her private practice is located in NYC, where she works mostly with high potential managers and executives. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Her views about career planning and advancement are regularly sought by the media and she has appeared in outlets such as NBC News, Forbes, ​Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Insight Into Diversity. Dr. Orbé-Austin regularly consults to organizations in the private sector, non-profits and educational institutions in supporting their employees and senior leadership teams on gender bias, diversity & inclusion, leadership development, communication, team cohesion and managing conflict. Her practice also consults to universities on the reorganization of their career centers to enhance their efficacy and metrics related to transitioning their students successfully into the professional world.


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