Level Up Your Career Transitions, Your “It” Factor
To everyone else, it looked like Dr. Loubna Erraji had a perfect life. She is a high achiever, a neuroscientist with 20 years of experience encompassing scientific research, teaching, consulting, and coaching. She’s held important academic positions and executive corporate roles. But despite her distinguished career and a long list of accomplishments, she wasn’t happy. Nothing was working in her life and job until she found a coach.
One might wonder why high achievers like Loubna Erraji would need a coach. But the magnitude and duration of change induced by a 2-year long pandemic has caused a lot of people to evaluate their lives. With nearly 4 out of 10 workers looking to change jobs and careers this year, a lot more people are throwing their hat in the I-want-more-out-of-life ring.
A February article from the New York Times revealed that it’s not just employees who are quitting their jobs but senior executives too. Their reasons vary – from just scratching that itch to take a break to reassessing the role of work in their lives to want to pursue a new venture. In short, you could say a lot of people are searching for “it.”
Unfortunately finding “it” isn’t a skill a lot of people have. This is precisely why you should just click now on this episode of Geeks Geezers Googlization. Dr. Erraji shares what “it” is and how everyone from front-line workers to executives can either find it or make it.
In This Episode, You’ll Learn:
- why even high achievers use a coach
- how to fuse your passion with work
- when it’s time to quit your job
- the wheel of life and how it can help your career transition
Loubna Erraji’s Journey
Loubna Erraji’s accomplishments and prestigious roles as a neuroscientist, business professor, and consultant are the envy of a lot of people. Yet she doesn’t look at it that way. Her diversity of jobs and careers, she believes, comes from her not taking the time to reflect on what she wanted to do in life – or finding her purpose. Along the way Erraji discovered the value of a career coach, who helped her better establish a fulfilling life journey. Her desire and aspiration to combine all of her experiences in the past, from different industries to different roles, lead her to where she is today.
Here’s a bit more about her background and her journey. She is an ICF Certified Executive Coach, Neuroscientist, adjunct professor, and management consultant with more than 20 years of global experience encompassing scientific research, teaching, consulting, and coaching. Based out of the New York City and New Jersey area, she frequently travels abroad, and her work spans the globe across the US, Europe, and North Africa. Some of her clients are leaders at Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, banking, financial services, technology, higher education, and more, working with the likes of UBS, IBM, Prudential, Deloitte, Merck, AbbVie, BMS, to name a few. She’s also the founder and CEO of her own consulting company called Advancis Consulting LLC, where she provides services to organizations and individuals committed to creating impactful leadership and high-performance environments.
Fusing Cosmetology, Business, and Neuroscience
Time to Move on From a Job
COVID 19, Work, and Personal life
COVID 19 blurred the line between our home and work, our personal life and the job. Erraji believes COVID 19 added another level of anxiety, due to the volatility , uncertainty, and negativity of the past 2 years. “When we start thinking negatively, everything is impacted afterwards, our thoughts become behaviors, our behaviors become actions.” (Erraji, 00:17:46) This leads back to the “awareness aspect,”:when people are aware they can tell themselves to stop. While not always easy, the more we do to recognize this negativity, the easier it gets and we start catching up. Co-host Jason Cochran drew an analogy for listeners: do a personal SWOT (Strengths – Weaknesses – Opportunities-Threats) analysis. Erraji agreed: SWOT is a great way to think about our lives. Instead of understanding how to market a product better, learn to market yourself better.