The AXIOS Philosophy
OUR CAREER COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
Joy and fulfillment are byproducts of who we are and what we do with all our being. The first step toward finding satisfaction is to understand who you are right now, and how the totality of yourself – natural talents, learned skills, passions, interests, experience, and values – can be best expressed in the world of work. Acknowledge these attributes and discover what outlets exist that will be the best fit for YOU at this time.
Take time to assess, affirm, dream, design, and act to fulfill that dream. I offer to guide you through this sometimes overwhelming, but ultimately rejuvenating experience. With my skills and expertise, I can lend objectivity, relevance, and direction to your search. I can help you discover or rediscover what motivates and inspires you and guide you in finding or creating an environment which will marry all aspects of yourself for a satisfying, productive work and life.
WHY THE RIGHT CAREER IS IMPORTANT
The latest (2017) Gallup “State of the American Workplace Report” reveals that 51% of US employees say they are actively looking for a new job or are watching for openings (p.14). Several other recent surveys report even higher percentages.* **
2017 Gallup Survey Data also revealed that "a lack of development and career growth is the number one reason employees leave a job." (p.110) 60% of employees say the ability to do what they do best in a role is "very important." (p.96).
A 2016 Study from Georgetown University Center of Education and the Workforce concluded that people with a college degree now outnumber people with a high school diploma*** and many of those college grads are struggling to find a job that makes their degree seem worthwhile. (p.189)
**Even during this Covid-19 pandemic, A CNBC Workforce Wire reports that a new report from Ceridian, a Human resources Software and Services company, puts the number of American workers looking for new job opportunities at 64%. For those workers under the age of 30, the percentage reporting that they are either looking for or are open to new opportunities at 76%.
From the outside looking in, it appeared our son had figured out life: He had a great family and he was well compensated for his work in the medical field. But his job—the place where he spent most of his time and much of his energy—was anything but fulfilling. The work wasn’t challenging, and in his estimation, the corporate culture had degenerated. He knew he needed a change, but his responsibilities to the family made him hesitate. Plus, he didn’t know what else he could do or even how to start the investigative process.
My husband and I are like most parents—we hurt when our children are hurting—but we can’t fix a bad situation. The best we can do is offer support and sometimes an inspired recommendation. I suggested that our son work with Dr. Muecke to figure out where else he could gainfully apply his talents. He agreed, and so began a lengthy process of discerning not only his strengths and weaknesses, but, really, who he is. He now has a better idea of the direction he’d like his life to take, as well as an awareness of the tools he has to cope with derailments from that path.
Our son starts a new position this week. He’s excited for the change and the challenge. He—and—we will always be grateful to Nancy for her guidance. She’s truly remarkable!
Parent of Early- to Mid-Career Professional
Book a 60-minute complimentary consultation (face-to-face or video conferencing)
While Dr. Muecke’s office is located in the Des Moines metro area, she works with clients from all over the country and even internationally. One-on-one sessions are primarily virtual at this time. Dr. Muecke prefers to meet with clients face-to-face when safety permits.