Job Search Roller Coaster

Career transition is difficult! Especially if that transition has happened late career. I knew I could deal with updating my resume, networking and all the other valuable tools we have to help us in a career transition.

But one thing I underestimated was the mental aspect of the job search process. After the enthusiasm of updating my resume and using the tools to help in my search we forget about the emotional ups and downs related to the job search. The emotional aspect of my search was the bullet train I just didn’t see!

This is why I found Journey to Hope’s job search support group a fantastic outlet to talk about the emotional side of the job search. Diane Kinsella and her group provided the support needed to not only deal with the emotions but more importantly how to deal with what triggers negative emotions during the whole process and how to suppress the negative emotion triggers. Maintaining emotional health is important in the job search process and Journey to Hope provided the emotional support I needed. ~Jeff Schraer

COVID Resiliency

Journey to Hope (JtH) has been an invaluable resource in helping me negotiate turbulent changes, both mentally and emotionally, in a Covid-19 world.

As someone who relies on busyness to cope, these mechanisms became an obstacle to my personal and professional development. Diane’s counsel and the supportive programs offered at JtH have “held a space” and guided me through much needed reflection. JtH has provided valuable, immediately applicable, expertise through tools I can use in real time. Sure, there are internet tools, but none that fortify and nurture resiliency of the whole person; The programs address both “heart and head” issues needed to face complex issues based on my individual needs.  I now feel more confident and capable to navigate through uncertainty and fear, and can focus on developing my full potential.  I am eternally grateful to Diane and JtH for helping me slow down, examine and redirect me into a more centered, thoughtful, positive focus to not only survive but thrive.

Additionally, the accessibility of programming – such as its affordability – eliminates an important barrier. ~Ramona Toussaint

Governing Grief

When Jaelyn Davis lost her best friend unexpectedly, grief consumed her.

Unlike other emotions, grief presents itself as a vicious cycle – one that is not linear in nature – but instead one that can generate feelings of anger, which can then turn to sadness, then to confusion, then to acceptance, but suddenly and unexpectedly, back to severe depression.

It’s easy for one to feel hopeless and consumed by grief, but for Jaelyn, those feelings dissipated after attending Grief Coaching Group as it allowed her to connect with others and know she wasn’t alone.

“I will remember the people who made up the group,” Jaelyn says. “I will remember their pain and how we all related to each other.”

Beyond feeling connected to others, Jaelyn says she’s gained takeaways that have enabled her to move forward with her life, despite the fact that her session of Grief Coaching Group has come to an end.

“Moving forward, I will remember to meditate – and how it is OK to take my time during this period and allow the feelings to happen,” Jaelyn says. Grief knows no time limits, and there is no better way to move through the process than to honor one’s own feelings and know how much they matter.

Using My Story to Land a New Job

If you lost your job today, would you know how to harness the power of social media to gain employment? In Diane Kinsella’s Social Media Branding course, I learned how to build my personal brand and maximize my job search efforts using social media.

I have a story to tell. A story that is more than my resume. Diane gave me the tools and the confidence to tell that story. I landed a new job quickly and gained personal insights that will help me be successful in the future.

Diane’s knowledge and research are extensive. She is truly a beacon of hope in what is often a difficult process. I’m thankful to the many donors who support the Journey to Hope mission and Diane’s work.

A Dream Discovered

For a stay-at-home father transitioning into part-time work, it can be difficult to find one’s footing and reemerge into the professional world.

“You’re at a stage in life when you’re really trying to recalibrate yourself,” Patrick Kerin says.

Patrick is a part-time adjunct professor and field supervisor at the University of Cincinnati, and prior to his full-time work as a father, he taught high school.

His wife had previously participated in Journey to Hope’s “Now What? Finding Career Clarity & Life Direction from the Inside Out,” and after hearing such great things, Patrick knew he was next in line.

“What are some dreams I’ve always wanted to accomplish?” Patrick remembers continuously pondering. It was through “Now What?” that he was able to discover them.

“You had the wisdom of the group behind you,” Patrick says. “They really helped me see things that were there – but that were buried – it removed a lot of layers.”

Since his time in “Now What?” Patrick says he’s been provided with a fresh look at teaching and writing. He is more assertively looking for high school teaching jobs and has recognized his passion and potential for writing, as his blog has steadily grown. He was even interviewed for “Heartland History,” a podcast produced by the Midwestern History Association – a true honor for Patrick.

“Through ‘Now What?’ I was able to confirm my interests from a new angle,” Patrick says. “The program was outstanding – I had to work at it – but it was well moderated. People were pushed when they needed to be pushed.”