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Dorota Klop-Sowinska
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Expat & International Career Coach | Founder of DoSo! Coaching | Career BootCamp! | Founder of International CareerClub
Expat & International Career Coach | Founder of DoSo! Coaching | Career BootCamp! | Founder of International CareerClub

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I like to compare our career path with a running train. Once you are on it, it is difficult to get off the train, even if you do not like the journey or the destination. Moving abroad is like getting off the train and standing on a station. Many people immediately feel the urge to catch the next train.

If you are sure that the next one is the right train, you can do that. But if you have doubts, ....
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I remember the time when, 8 years ago, I was just starting my coaching business and I was hopping from one networking event to another. Very often, the dialogue would go something like this:

Person A: “So, what is it that you do?”
Me: “I am a coach.”
Person A: “You mean like a sport’s coach?”
Me: “No, I help internationals who struggle with their careers.”
Person A: “ Ahh, I understand. You are like a recruiter who advises them on how to find a job in the Netherlands.”
Me: “Mmm, not exactly, sometimes yes, but more often than not they do not know what kind of career they want, so I help them figure it out first.”
Person A: “Ahh, yes, I see…You advise them on what kind of job they should be doing.”
Me: "No, I coach them, which means I ask them questions, so they can figure it out for themselves."

Let's just say it was a painful process!

What makes a great elevator pitch?
Hundreds of networking events later, I found out what makes a great elevator pitch. I have created this handy list so that you do not have to go through the same painful process I did.
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More and more of my clients come to realize that after having been successful in their corporate career, they want to get out of the race of getting higher up in the corporate ladder, earning more money to spend it on things that finally do not fulfill their higher needs. When going through the process of self-discovery they often conclude that they would like to strive for purpose, which has a positive impact on the planet and the society. Many of them conclude that this means for them to move from a corporate sector to a non-profit one.

While looking at the numbers, every year the NGO’s are becoming more sought after organizations to work for. This also means that the competition between applicants that want to get into NGO’s is becoming more intense, which many do not realize when starting to think of such a career move. This obviously does not mean that it is not possible or should be ruled out as an option, not at all.

To know more on how such a career change could be done successfully I want to share an interview with you, which I had with a very passionate and successful person in the NGO sector, Virginie Baggen.
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"Margaret was staring in front of her with tears flowing down her cheeks. Her laptop was opened on a LinkedIn job search page. On it, the perfect job vacancy that she had been dreaming of. So, what was the problem? Why was she crying?" Read my new article and find out!
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My first video is online! The number 1 reason you are not happy in your career and how to change it!
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If I was suppose to give only one piece of advice about living a happy and fulfilled life both private and professional: it would be 'know your values - the things that are truly important to you and live in harmony with them'.
If you do not know yet what your values are, read my new article "The one thing you need to know before making a change in life" and discover them.
The number one source of our suffering is living a life against our values. So go ahead and give yourself a chance to make the right choices and by happy!
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So! I am back ;-) I feel so happy and proud that my new article is online again. In this article I talk how to restart your career after a break. Like & share if you enjoy it!
I have to admit it was not easy to restart my professional life after being away for 2 years. I am very grateful that I could spend this time taking care of my kids while living in a beautiful country – Mexico.
I also have to confess that as the months were passing by I started to miss my work more and more. I missed being intellectually and creatively busy but I missed the most this great feeling of accomplishment that flows for me from helping my clients and seeing how they change their lives.
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My new article is online again! 12 steps to finding a job abroad.
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Bored at work? Nervous on Sunday afternoon? Read further!
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