The Roadmap To Your Future Is Not In Your Resumè with Laura Berman Fortgang

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Laura Berman Fortgang

Laura Berman Fortgang is recognised as a pioneer in the personal coaching field and part of the founding team of the International Coach Federation. She has brought coaching to NASA, Florida’s State Government and dozens of Fortune 500 companies. She has made appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America and CNN, amongst others, as well as publishing five best-selling books including ‘Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction’ and ‘The Little Book On Meaning’.

And in 2015 Laura gave a TEDx talk titled ‘How to Find Your Dream Job Without Ever Looking at Your Resume’ which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Laura joins Phil to discuss why the roadmap to your future is never in your current resumè. Laura also talks about why we should trust our instincts when it comes to shaping our IT career.


Laura Berman Fortgang

Resources – Check out Laura’s personal website – Check out Laura’s company website

Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction – check out Laura’s book

Free Resources – check out Laura’s free career development resources

2 Top Career Tips

1) Don’t look at your resume in order to find the next step in your career if you’re not happy with the role you’re currently performing. It’s only a chronological case study of the road you’ve taken so far, and doesn’t provide insight into where you’re headed.
2) Honour those inklings inside you that tell you something inside of you is trying to evolve. Follow the small voices that try to guide you.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

As a former actor, Laura gave her everything during a performance and was met by a damning response by an audience member. From this she learned to never take rejection personally.

Career Highlight

Meeting Oprah Winfrey was the highlight of Laura’s career and taught her much about confidence and nerves, and how to handle the intimidation that many must have felt in that position.

The Future

Longevity and innovation is abundant. The challenge will be in how the industry scales, and what the next generation of professionals looks like. Seeing how the people in the industry age and grow will be fascinating to watch.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Not asked during interview.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Be the best at what you do and be as single-minded as possible.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Laura would worry less and compare herself to others less.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Scaling her business from doing one-on-one training to one-on-many training scenarios.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Communication skills have been key to helping Laura build her business.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Reading and learning are a marvellous way of keeping our skills fresh.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Children taken up much of Laura’s time. Her other passion is crochet.

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