phil — a resource engineer in his late twenties
"[the process] allowed me to see myself in a sharpened focus that I never had before, through a lens that I have created with your help."
Phil is an ambitious, thoughtful guy with a big brain and varied interests. After working as an engineer for an oil & gas company, he returned to school for his Masters degree in engineering, focused on wind. When I encountered Phil, he had been back in the workforce (post-Masters) for about 2 years, but was restless & unhappy. His hope —that changing subject matter (from oil & gas to a wind company) would provide more value, meaning, & enjoyment to his work — was falling flat. He needed a change, but was at a loss regarding where and how to go forward.
After going through The Story of My Work process together, we saw patterns where Phil enjoyed creating & designing processes, to benefit systems with lasting, visible, & tangible results. In our conversations together, it came out that a nightmare situation for him would be working in a company with no bottlenecks for him to solve. Suddenly, a previously brainstormed career plan — becoming a high school physics teacher — revealed itself as a laughably bad prospect for job satisfaction.
With a new focused goal, and the language to articulate his skills, strengths, and value, Phil sought a different position at a former employer's that he knew would be an excellent fit. He was able to "give an impactful interview where the conviction of my what-I-was-all-about was able to shine." Ultimately, he gained the position where his salary doubled, the "job fit" was about 90%, and his work days are satisfying & fulfilling.