Travel the Path to Work You Love With Greater Clarity, Confidence, and Ease:
Transition into fulfilling work faster with expert guidance + coaching + a community of peers
Finding your purpose and doing work you’re passionate about isn’t easy. (If it were, everyone would be doing it.)
Career change is an incredibly complex process that involves many things we hold dear–financial security, for one thing, but also our identity, sense of self worth, and relationships to others. As if that weren’t enough, most of us learn lots in school about how to fulfill somebody else’s vision for us, but virtually nothing about how to create our own.
It’s no wonder, really, that the prospect of changing careers fills so many people with confusion, fear, worry, self-doubt, frustration, or even hopelessness.
But just because you feel hopeless doesn’t mean there’s no hope.
Human beings are social animals, and finding our “pack” can often help us do things that would otherwise feel impossible.
Here are a few things Pathfinders Group Coaching participants have been able to do after finding their “flock” (in their own words):
“I joined Pathfinders as I was trying to make a major career change and was completely overwhelmed with the process. The group helped me get clarity on my next steps, build confidence to start moving forward, and develop tools for dealing with stress, anxiety and uncertainty in my life. I felt support and camaraderie in each session and looked forward to each of them!” —Jeffrey F. Leon
“As a result of Pathfinders, I now feel that transitioning into more fulfilling work–my life’s work–is a matter of when, not if. The best part was watching myself and others make progress and allow ourselves to dream big and plan big, all the while feeling deeply understood and supported by Meredith and my fellow group members.” —Misty Harper
“I’ve been able to leave jobs that weren’t a fit, and to (finally!) recognize what my strengths are. In my current position, I am valued for what I bring to the table and work with people I enjoy.” —Sarah D.
“Pathfinders has facilitated a sense of empowerment over my destiny and reminded me that there’s more to life than just a paycheck. Most importantly, the exercises have enabled a process of self-discovery of my strengths, skills, and passions.” —Bradley Cooke
Why group coaching?
Group coaching offers a few things that one-on-one coaching can’t:
- Greater confidence as you see that no matter how much you’re struggling, you’re not alone;
- The opportunity to get feedback, ideas, and encouragement from multiple people with diverse experiences and perspectives; and
- A better sense of your gifts as you repeatedly observe your positive impact on others.
Here’s what some former Pathfinders participants have said about the group format:
“Pathfinders has been enlightening. One of my major takeaways from the sessions so far is an increase in confidence. Hearing other people’s own fears, world views and experiences was reassuring and reduced some of the pressure and anxiety I felt about leaving my current job or looking for something different. I now feel more confident pursuing new jobs, activities, and opportunities without the self-doubt or level of cynicism I carried before.” —Jordan Bross
“When I decided to pursue Pathfinders I was very nervous that I would not ‘fit in’. I have found, however, that I so look forward to the group. Realizing that people have the same struggles and receiving good advice and affirmation for my own process is keeping me more focused and more confident that I will be able to actually see some of my goals come to fruition.” —June Converse
“The group experience really has an energy to it to keep you going and accountable. Hearing my fears, doubts, and stumbling blocks from others really shows me that I’m not alone and that the challenges are common and can be overcome.”—Kelly Vandiver
“The guidance of the group has helped me come very far from where I was when we started. I feel secure in the direction I want to go. I’m listening to who I am inside and what I really want to do versus what everybody around me thinks I should be doing. Listening to that and actually acting on it isn’t something I would have been able to do without the guidance of the group and its help breaking down the walls.”—Alyssa K
How does group coaching work?
Pathfinders combines the benefits of coaching with the power of community so that you can:
- Work through a 5-step process to clarify the nature of your calling.
- Identify specific jobs or occupations that can give you what you’re looking for.
- Create a roadmap for how to transition into fulfilling work.
- Learn new skills, such as how to tap into your somatic intelligence and make difficult decisions more confidently.
- Develop tools for working with common obstacles such as fear, anxiety, and your Inner Critic.
- Have time to pose any questions you want to the group and get personalized ideas and feedback.
One-on-One Onboarding Call
This also includes an Enneagram assessment to determine your type. On your onboarding call, you and I will go over your results and create a strategy for you to get the most out of the program.
Group Coaching Sessions
Two 90-minute online group coaching sessions every month* plus clear and powerful action steps after each session to help you make daily progress.
Private Facebook Group
You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can share wins, ask questions, and get feedback from fellow group members in between sessions.
Private Email Access
If something unexpected comes up in between sessions, you can reach out to me via email for extra support.
*I limit group size to 8 participants so that everyone has time to share and receive support.
Access to Passion Quest: 5 Steps to Find Your Calling in a Fear-Based World
Passion Quest is my comprehensive online program with seven modules that include videos and downloadable PDFs. It normally costs $245 to access.
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Pathfinders Group Coaching is a 9-month program.
To find out more, click here to fill out an application so we can set up a time to talk.
We’ll discuss your goals and challenges, go over the details of the program, and explore whether or not Pathfinders Group Coaching is a fit for you.
When you have the courage to look for your calling, you…
Wake up excited to go to work.
Activate your superpowers.
Create things you didn’t know you could.
Feel energized and alive.
Work with greater ease and balance.
Connect with others who share your passion.
Feel free to be your truest, weirdest self.
Learn new things and make new discoveries daily.
Live your life all day, not just after 5.
Is this for you? And will you fit in?
The people who are drawn to Pathfinders who tend to see the best results:
- Are committed. You understand that the more you put in, the more you get out. This is especially important in the group setting, where others will miss you if you habitually don’t show up.
- Understand that connection requires vulnerability. As human beings, we all have messy feelings and reactions, and the people who get the most out of the group are the ones who are willing to be honest about theirs so they can learn from and work through them.
- Value learning and growth. This is about more than just a job; my goal is to help everyone I work with develop new skills and qualities so you can do things that you couldn’t before. If you aren’t interested in learning more about yourself or developing new capabilities, this program is probably not for you.
- See the value in community. Whether introverts or extroverts, Pathfinders participants want to help other people, do their best to accept others for who they are, and seek to create mutually beneficial relationships.
In addition, most of the people I work with claim one or more of the following traits: sensitivity, a proclivity to depression or anxiety, creativity (even if they don’t realize it at first), or a desire to make the world a better place.
Will this really work?
When you’re caught in the misery of a draining job, it can be hard to imagine that anything better is possible. When I was depressed, I certainly never believed that I’d ever be happy again, let alone that the depression itself would be what helped me get there.
Change happens slowly, but it is possible, even for those who feel truly stuck.
In my experience, the key is to get out of your head and find some outside support.
Group coaching may help you when other methods have failed because it provides:
- Structure. Most people don’t know where to start with career change. Pathfinders offers regular check-in times, guided discussion, and clear exercises and action steps to help you find your way.
- Support: We tend to think that we should be able to do everything on our own, but in reality, we all depend on each other for many things. In my experience, having others around to encourage you, point out your progress and your amazing talents, and help you see the bigger picture makes a huge difference in realizing your intentions.
- A way to learn new skills: If you failed to make a change before, it’s probably because you lacked the skills you needed. (As I said earlier, most of us aren’t taught anything about how to create what we want in life in school.) Pathfinders will help you develop the capabilities you need to find clarity and overcome common challenges so that you can do what you couldn’t before.
How is this different from other career change programs?
While there may be some similar elements, there are a few things that make this program unique, including:
- Individual feedback. While this is a group program, because of the longer time frame (9 months) and small group size (no more than 8 people), we have time for individual sharing, coaching, and feedback.
- Introvert-friendly design. As an introvert myself, I tried to make the program as comfortable as possible for others like me by doing things like keeping groups small, building in processing and reflection time, and breaking the group down into pairs for discussion.
- Clear action steps. You can’t make meaningful changes simply by talking about them, so the program includes concrete action steps that help you build skills, explore ideas, and make progress towards your goals in the real world.
- Tools for common challenges. We don’t just clarify what you want to do in life, but also help you develop tools for working through fear, self doubt, financial concerns, lack of energy, and other obstacles that can get in the way of actualizing your desires.
- A holistic focus. We’ll work with your head, heart, and body. Since we’re more than brains in a box, if you want to make lasting change, you need to involve your emotions and body as well. When you do, real transformation becomes possible, and what you’re meant to do in life becomes much more apparent.
- A deep dive. You won’t just get assignments and report back on them. I want you to get more than a great job. It’s equally if not more important to me that you also learn the truth about who you really are, how amazing that is, and how you can express that more fully.
If that sounds good to you, the program is probably a good fit.
I also understand that this is a big decision, which is why I talk to every applicant interested in Pathfinders Group Coaching to get a better sense of whether we can work well together.
How to Join
If you’re interested in the program, just fill out a brief application so I can get a better sense of who you are and what you’re looking for. If I think that Pathfinders might be a good fit, we’ll set up a time to talk.
On the call, we’ll discuss your goals and challenges, go over the details of the program, and answer any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I fill out the application, am I automatically enrolled?
No, the application process is to help you clarify what you’re looking for and help us get to know each other better so we can see if the program is a good fit for you. If after reading your application I feel it could be a good match, we’ll schedule a time to talk more.
When will the sessions take place?
Different groups meet at different days and times but the most common time is on a weekday evening (Eastern Time). After a group comes together, I ask for everyone’s availability and find the option that work the best for all of us.
Can I participate if I need to travel during the program?
Absolutely. Don’t forget that you can connect via phone or computer, so there are ways to join while you travel. And if you do need to miss a session now and then, it’s not a problem at all. Most people won’t be able to make every session, and recordings of any sessions you miss can be made available upon request.
How does this differ from private coaching?
In private, one-on-one coaching, we do a deeper dive into your personal patterns and challenges, helping you take action and develop skills that are targeted to your unique needs. It’s also more expensive. In group coaching, you get my help as well as the perspectives, ideas, and support of a group of peers, which in my experience is incredibly valuable. If you’re not sure which is the right fit for you, go ahead and fill out an application, let me know you’re considering both, and we can talk on the call about what would be the best fit for you.
Meredith Walters is a certified Integral coach with a Masters in Business Administration from USF. She’s been coaching professionally for over eight years, focusing on helping people find their calling for most of that time. In addition to coaching, she also writes and leads workshops for organizations such as Emory University and the U.S. Peace Corps. Her first book is now available, and she’s contributed shorter pieces to Tiny Buddha, elephant journal, PossibilityChange.com and more. She’s a former board member of the Georgia chapter of ICF and has served as an adjunct faculty member at New Ventures West coaching school in San Francisco.