If I could sum up my professional experience through a movie, then you could just call me the Mary Poppins of Higher Education. Without really knowing it, I would settle upon a job, do what I was meant to do there, and then move on when the wind changed.
My guess is that you stumbled upon this page because you are in a job that doesn’t fuel your passion, you struggle with work/life balance, or you no longer know why you work where you do.
Since you’re here now, I think you have a desire to change, the will to make that change, and the work ethic to do what it takes.
Tell me, is this you?
- you’ve been in your current position too long to want to change
- you don’t recall why you chose your vocation in the first place
- you work too damn hard and don’t feel like you have a life
No matter where you are working, what you are doing, and how long you’ve been doing it, you have the capacity to do more and be more.
You want to stop apologizing to your friends and family because you are working late…again.
You want to remember those hobbies and passions of yours from…well…”before”.
You’re ready to put in the work and make the change.
But you have no idea where to start. There’s already so much to do…how can you possibly make the time to making this change?
Let me tell you what I believe you can do…
- I believe your dream job is achievable
- I believe that you are more than just your job – you’re YOU
- I believe in your ability to work hard and get that perfect new gig!
- And I believe that ice cream can save the world.
Now that we’ve covered the basics – let’s get to work!
Howdy, y’all! My name is Kris McPeak and I am a self-appointed guru on work-life balance and finding your dream job (I’m also quite proud of the fact that I change my hair a lot).
“Self Appointed? What’s Your Experience?”
I am so glad you asked!
I worked successfully and happily in higher education, specifically College Housing (think “dorms”….my first hall director will kill me for saying that). But I came to a point in that career where the late hours and high touch students are parents started sucking the life out of me. I made a claim that I was going to be a housing officer who worked a 40 hour work week and stick to it. When my supervisor said that was unrealistic, I began to question my vocation.
With that career in college housing, I worked 8 different jobs at 8 different colleges/universities in 7 different states. My hubby and I moved approximately every 2 ½ years. I learned a great deal from each position, and I do not regret any of the locations we inhabited…but if I could go back and do it all again, I would do so many things differently.
I would choose to interview the employer as much as they were interviewing me. I would insure that my personal values aligned with the values of the college and department. And I would structure my priorities in the office to insure that I had a life outside my job. In other words, not Live to Work, but Work so I can LIVE.
Then the stars aligned and I found and was offered my dream job.
I’m still in higher education. I still work with students. But I go home at 4:30pm almost every day. No one calls me at 2am with emergencies. And my work gets done. It gets done well. My last two performance appraisals were marked “Outstanding”.
Oh, yeah, and I’ve worked in my current day job for Five Years! A record for me!!
My experiences led me to write my first book, “Making ‘Work’ Work for You,” and I self-published on Amazon. Then I asked myself…
“McPeak, you know there are other people who can benefit from what you’ve been through.”
Sure there are. And before I had a concept in mind for an online business, my husband told a friend of ours that I was a career change expert and I could work with them on resumes and cover letters and interviewing skills.
So here we are.
In the next few weeks and months, I’ll be building and offering courses on how to apply for a job, prepare for interviews, achieve work/life balance in your current job, and figure out how to land your dream job. But in the meantime, you can benefit from all kinds of free content that I’ll be offering. So don’t leave yet –
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And thanks for stopping by! I’m so grateful for your visit.
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SilverPeak Development is a subsidiary of SilverPeak Performance, a 501c3 organization founded by Kris and Charles McPeak and Phoebe Chiang. You can read more about the mission of SilverPeak Performance here.