May 2009

Follow Your Passion For A Career in Travel & Hospitality
One-Hour Free Teleclass
8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific

Do you dream of working in the travel and hospitality industries? These are challenging times for both industries, but where there is a will and a plan, there is a way. Follow your passions and your dreams (and a decent living!) can come true. To encourage you and provide valuable advice and tips on how to break into jobs such as Tour Director, Travel Writer, Bed & Breakfast Owner, etc., we are thrilled to host a free teleclass on Thursday, May 28.

Join Travel Writer Ron Stern , Big Mill Bed & Breakfast Owner Chloe Tuttle; National Park Tour Director Kent Taylor; VocationVacations Alum Darlene Proctor (who took a B & B Owner VocationVacation with Chloe) and Career Expert and VocationVacations founder, Brian Kurth, for the free teleclass

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I’m really excited about speaking to the Big Ten Alumni here in NYC tonight!

I will be covering my 8 Steps to a Successful Career Transition.  It’s the basis and core of how I work with my career consulting clients.  It works.  I love hearing about my clients’ career transition success stories.


I have to shout out to all the Oregon State Beavers who attended the wonderful alumni happy hour last night.  I had a wonderful time speaking about my 8 Steps to a Successful Career Transition!  Brittaney, I look forward to being in touch about your career transition from being a science teacher to becoming an entrepreneur.  Sonia, looking forward to hearing about how you plan to create your professional brand (Step #6).  Go for it, folks!

I’m also really excited to speak at the Big Ten Conference alumni (Badgers, Gophers, Spartans, etc) happy hour in NYC next Tuesday PM at the Met Bar on Lexington.  I will be covering the 8 Steps to a Successful Career Transition there as well.  If you’re a Big Ten alum (and even if you’re not, it’s OK to join!), please sign-up here!


Holy Cow!

This almost sounds too good to be true….but my Career Informer, Yvonne, told me about this 6-month dream job at Murphy Goode Winery in Sonoma!  Want to share with you.  If you’re into wine and/or really good at social media networking, THIS is truly a dream job!

I need to let some of my career consulting clients know about this as well.  I know of several who are either laid off or stuck in a rut in their corporate job and this could be something they’d really go for (assuming they have the social media stuff “down” which I think a couple of them do!).  Competition’s going to be tough…but go for it!


Wednesday, May 6, 2009
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Please join Will Wiebe and me for a special Happy Hour and presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan”.

Changing jobs is always a challenge, even in the best of times. In today’s job market and economic environment, you particularly don’t need rhetoric about career transitioning; you need an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction. Will and I will take you through a 40-hour step-by step plan that will help you:

  • Identify your ideal type of work
  • Research companies/organizations in that field
  • Find contacts within these companies/organizations
  • Communicate with these contacts as potential mentors
  • Secure three mentors in your field of interest


Wednesday, May 6, 2009


5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Networking, Brief Presentation, Q&A and Socializing (no-host Happy Hour)


1022 W. Burnside (across the street from Powell’s)
Portland, Oregon – Click here for a map

Please RSVP below…and please ask your friends to attend and RSVP as well! The more the merrier….

It’s not too late to sign up and attend the “8 Steps of a Successful Career Transition” teleclass today.  Starts in 30 minutes!  8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific: