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Welcome to the Shine at Work Podcast! I’m your host, Karen Weeks. I’m a transformational career coach who helps career-oriented humans get unstuck and find (and be successful) in careers that bring them joy, fulfillment and success. I believe you should actually love what you do, even on the bad days. That you can find a career that lights you up. Because, spoiler alert, it impacts how bright you shine in your life!!! Every week, I talk to someone who felt stuck in their job and found a way to build a career that's right for them. Because I know what that feels like when your light is dim. I made a career change from theatre to HR and now coaching and at times in my life I had to take a look inside to see what was most important, what made me shine bright, and make adjustments along the way. It’s possible. I did it, my guests did, and I help others do it. I hope you walk away from each episode not just inspired but with some actionable advice. Because you can, and deserve, to shine at work!More about my background...Karen Weeks is the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Let's connect: Karen@karendweeks.com or on my social sites @kdwcoaching_careers

Welcome to the Shine at Work Podcast! I’m your host, Karen Weeks. I’m a transformational career coach who helps career-oriented humans get unstuck and find (and be successful) in careers that bring them joy, fulfillment and success. I believe you should actually love what you do, even on the bad days. That you can find a career that lights you up. Because, spoiler alert, it impacts how bright you shine in your life!!! Every week, I talk to someone who felt stuck in their job and found a way to build a career that's right for them. Because I know what that feels like when your light is dim. I made a career change from theatre to HR and now coaching and at times in my life I had to take a look inside to see what was most important, what made me shine bright, and make adjustments along the way. It’s possible. I did it, my guests did, and I help others do it. I hope you walk away from each episode not just inspired but with some actionable advice. Because you can, and deserve, to shine at work!More about my background...Karen Weeks is the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Let's connect: Karen@karendweeks.com or on my social sites @kdwcoaching_careers

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Welcome to the Shine at Work Podcast! I’m your host, Karen Weeks. I’m a transformational career coach who helps career-oriented humans get unstuck and find (and be successful) in careers that bring them joy, fulfillment and success. I believe you should actually love what you do, even on the bad days. That you can find a career that lights you up. Because, spoiler alert, it impacts how bright you shine in your life!!! Every week, I talk to someone who felt stuck in their job and found a way to build a career that's right for them. Because I know what that feels like when your light is dim. I made a career change from theatre to HR and now coaching and at times in my life I had to take a look inside to see what was most important, what made me shine bright, and make adjustments along the way. It’s possible. I did it, my guests did, and I help others do it. I hope you walk away from each episode not just inspired but with some actionable advice. Because you can, and deserve, to shine at work!More about my background...Karen Weeks is the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW Coaching, the host of the Shine at Work podcast, a speaker, published author, Girls in Tech NYC board member and award winning culture leader (currently leading the People team at Ordergroove). My purpose is guiding individuals to get unstuck from a career that is draining them and transform their careers so they can feel the same renewed energy I did all those years ago when I transitioned from theatre to human resources to coaching. I live in NYC with my husband and furry babies! Let's connect: Karen@karendweeks.com or on my social sites @kdwcoaching_careers

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Episodes

77 | Kicking Imposter Syndrome To The Curb and Owning Everything That Makes You Great With Erin Breeden

5/16/2022
In this week's episode, I spoke with Erin Breeden about “imposter syndrome”, what it is and how it shows itself in different ways. Her journey took her into a successful career in marketing and public relations. She worked in public relations agencies, as a marketing director and an editor-in-chief of a bridal magazine. While she loved each industry, Erin couldn’t find the job of her dreams that would use each skill set she had acquired. She felt really stuck and wondered why she just wasn't...

Duration:00:42:42

76 | Finding Your Voice In Your Career And Tying That To Your Personal Values With Habibah Saafir

5/9/2022
This week I spoke with Habibah about finding her voice in her career and aligning it with her personal values. When she started college, Habibah had no idea what career path she wanted to pursue. After taking some general courses, she chose nursing since she loves to care for others but, like many of us, as she learned more about that field realized it wasn’t right for her. Having a love for mathematics and after talking with friends and family members, she found engineering. She jumped in...

Duration:00:37:49

75 | Finding A Mentor And Inspiration To Help You In Your Career With Kris Senior

5/2/2022
In this week's episode, I spoke with Kris Senior about finding a mentor and finding what truly inspires you as a whole human. Kris decided a few credits short of a forensic psychology degree that maybe it just wasn't for them. After having a random conversation with someone in a grocery store, they became a receptionist at a construction company in NYC. While there, Kris decided to check out other departments within the company and just ask what they could help with. In doing that, Kris...

Duration:00:34:45

74 | How To Answer Uncomfortable Job Questions: Job gaps, Toxic Former Employers, Compensation And More

4/25/2022
In this week’s episode, we are focusing on the interview process; how to prepare for interviews, how to handle the tough questions about job gaps, former employers, and the dreaded money talk. And to add in an extra layer of complication in this whole new world since the pandemic, you also may be interviewing remotely for the first time and need to prepare for the uniqueness of that as well. I have been in HR for over twenty years and have done what seems like millions of interviews and they...

Duration:00:28:37

73 | Getting Rid Of Negative Self-Talk, Past Baggage And Other People’s Expectations To Live The Life YOU Want To Lead

4/18/2022
In this week’s episode, we are focusing on negative self-talk. The voices in our head that hold us back. These can be the voices of others, voices of our past, our own voice telling us real and perceived “truths” that keep us from doing what we want to do. I’m going to be very vulnerable with you because this subject is near and dear to my heart and you have no idea how much I live in my head. It's about the should’ve would’ve could’ve, which are not necessarily wrong but you need to find...

Duration:00:26:13

72 | How To Be The GOAT: Building Your Personal Brand To Shine In Your Career with Lauren Widrick

4/11/2022
This season as we focus on opportunity and confidence, I spoke with my friend, Lauren Widrick, who is also my own life and business coach. After college, Lauren went into IT within the investment banking world. While she was very successful in her career, leading a large team, making money and climbing the corporate ladder, she realized she wasn't happy or remaining true to her authentic self and personal brand. So she hired a coach and then decided to start her own side hustle as a coach...

Duration:00:43:14

71 | Stop Accepting Burnout & Unhappiness And Take Back Control Of Your Career with Alex Simmons

4/4/2022
In this episode, I spoke with Alex Simmons about his career in private equity and investment banking, the impact it had on his life and how he took action to help others not find themselves in the same place. He found himself burned out during the traditional high stakes nature of this career and was introduced to therapy and meditation and later coaching. He soon realized that everyone around him was stressed and burned out and his employer only offered a standard Employee Assistance...

Duration:00:33:08

70 | Finding a new job is a full time job: Building The Habits Needed To Successfully Change Careers with Erin Galloway

3/28/2022
In this episode, I spoke with Erin Galloway about her career journey and the habits that she had to continually evolve as life changed for her. Although she had been fortunate enough to create and maintain good habits growing up, she knew she needed to keep developing different habits to keep learning, growing and moving forward. She shares some of her most impactful tips on how to create healthy habits for your career, especially when you are searching for a new job! In this episode you...

Duration:00:35:21

69 | Is It Time To Find A New Job, Are You Just Having A Bad Day Or Hitting A Ceiling?

3/21/2022
In this week's episode, we focus on when you know if you need to make a job change or not. No job is perfect, we all know this, but is this a good time to reflect on why you are feeling this way. There are a lot of different factors that can affect your engagement in your career. There could be life things: you may have had a major life change, you need to be in a different city, you need to work remote, earn more money, etc. It’s important to consider all of these things, but in this...

Duration:00:19:25

68 | How To Identify Your Career Goals And Share Them With Others

3/14/2022
Welcome to Season Four! This season we are going to focus on opportunity. How to have the confidence when opportunity comes along, having the skills to seize it, plan for it and best of all, get the most out of it! Every episode has specific and actionable tools and advice. We also have some amazing guests this season who all have similar stories of finding the opportunity when really they wanted to dive deeper into their current path or exploring a new career path. It's amazing the...

Duration:00:25:26

67 | Welcome To Season Four!

3/9/2022
Whether you have listened to previous episodes or you are just finding us now, welcome! This season is all about “opportunity”. Each week, we will focus on a key skill you need to shine bright and navigate your career through all the opportunities in front of you. How to find your moment, ask for help, set your goals, and be in control of your path with confidence and how to put it into play. Every episode has specific and actionable tools and advice. You deserve to shine bright in work and...

Duration:00:11:34

66 | Getting Unstuck and Shining Bright in 2022

12/13/2021
We made it to the season finale! In today’s episode, Karen wraps up the season to make sure you are on the best path forward. She will share her own experiences navigating her own career and some actionable ways you can continue to Shine at Work by making sure you are running towards something and not just away from something. In this episode you’ll specifically learn... Resources from this episode... Career Investigation Worksheet I’m Karen Weeks, the Founder & Principal Coach at KDW...

Duration:00:18:15

65 | The Importance Of Being Happy At Work with Aoife O’Brien

12/6/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Aoife O’Brien. Aoife built an incredible career in international business, focusing on insights, data, category research and a lot of other really interesting projects. But as she worked for different companies, she realized that she was in toxic environments more often than not, where “companies, and individuals, should have been making better decisions”. The researcher and data nerd in her took over and she started researching what actually made people...

Duration:00:39:36

64 | Believing That Change Is Always Possible with Stephan Vincent

11/29/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Stephan Vincent. In college, Stephan was interested in “business” but he wanted to apply psychology to the human experience and help companies build amazing cultures. ‘But at that point that’s not what HR did”. So he went into marketing and thought about the customer experience instead. Fast forward several years, and the business world caught up with Stephan’s initial goal of employee experience but at that point, he didn’t have the supposed expertise to...

Duration:00:28:38

63 | Identifying And Leveraging Your Zone Of Genius with Jessica Lackey

11/22/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Jessica Lackey. Another guest that had an extremely successful career on paper with roles at McKinsey and Nike and a degree from Harvard Business School. But what they don’t really prepare you for is the incredible pressure, competition and honestly obsession that is placed on someone (or we place on ourselves) in those roles. For Jessica, that took a real toll on her health, both physically and mentally. She realized she had to make a change. So she...

Duration:00:35:55

62 | Finding Ways To Thread Your Experiences Together with Brooke Gasaway

11/15/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Brooke Gasaway. As a kid, Brooke wanted to be a teacher, but like all of us, as she got into school, other interests came forward and she started her career as an architect. But even as an architect, her favorite part of the work was communicating with clients and the feelings that came with the designs. But it was a great job, she should like it, she was successful. She fueled her soul with side projects, non-profit work. “I had about a decade of learning...

Duration:00:29:35

61 | Work Doesn't Have To Suck with Keith Johns

11/8/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Keith Johns. After a very successful career climbing the ranks at companies, he realized something was missing in his life. He was not living the best life he wanted for himself and his family. It wasn’t until he reconnected with a former colleague, who was now a coach, that he realized he didn’t want the 9-5 life anymore and he made the leap to start a side hustle which is now his full time work. He had to accept the truth that “it is ok to make a...

Duration:00:30:17

60 | Listening to Your Inner Voice, Observing Your Career Patterns, and Passions Outside of Work

11/1/2021
Happy fall! We are more than half way through this season (unbelievable) so we are going to do another deep dive episode with our host Karen Weeks! In this week’s episode, Karen expands upon the advice given by Keiko, Pariss, Holly and Sun. She will share her own reflections on their advice and career stories and give you FIVE challenges to turn it into actionable steps you can take today to continue to shine bright at work! In this episode you’ll specifically learn... I’m Karen Weeks,...

Duration:00:23:25

59 | Being a Career Job-Hopper Is Okay with Sun Kim

10/25/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Sun Kim. Really from day one of his career, Sun showed the entrepreneurial spirit, he just didn’t know that’s what it was! He wanted to find more meaning in his work, “not just climb the corporate ladder” which led to eight jobs in ten years. After his third product manager job, he started to realize that the theme in all these jobs was that he wanted to create something, provide value but then move on. And while that looks like a job-hopper on paper, it’s...

Duration:00:37:31

58 | Following a Non-Linear Career Path with Holly Shannon

10/18/2021
In this week’s episode, I talk with Holly Shannon. While Holly talks about her non-linear career path in our conversation, you will see there is a throughline around business strategy. Through years in the hospitality and event industries, Holly has built an amazing career creating white glove services, focusing on creating experiences and using EQ to help guide leaders to grow and scale their businesses. She has even done that for herself as an entrepreneur, author and podcast host. More...

Duration:00:36:34