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About Career Change Coach, Kori Burkholder

 

 

You can have a career you love, make the impact you desire and make money. Don't let your Inner Critics tell you otherwise.”  Kori

“I never want to be bored!” I blurted out to my Mom from the backseat of the car when I was 7.

This was my promise, my north star, and something I have never let myself live down. 

Believe me, there is a symphony of inner voices wanting to orchestrate my life but I don’t let them run the show.

Hi! I am Kori, I am a Career Coach who Finds Dynamic Solutions. Or Better Yet, I Create Them.

In my 20+ year career, I have switched careers 8 times. Indecisive? Nope. I just learned to pivot when something no longer served me. Did I second-guess myself each time? You bet. I would get stuck in cyclical mind loops wondering aloud “I don’t know what to do with my life!” 

Until I finally found a system that worked. And that’s exactly what I am here to share with you. 

I’ll Keep it Short:

  • At the age of 27, I wanted to get into the music industry.

- Wilmington, NC to New York City with no job, no apartment, and no friends.
- Shocker, I couldn’t get a job in the music industry. So, I made one.
- It’s Random, an online zine that gave me the chance to interview and photograph famous rock stars and write articles.
- This side hustle landed me my dream job at the second-largest independent record label at the time, TVT Records (home of Pitbull).

  • I wanted to make a career change, AND have an adventure.

- I booked a one-way ticket to Thailand by myself, got certified to teach English and taught English to Thai students for 6 months.

  • I really wanted a boyfriend in New York City. Get upset or get creative? 

- Started an LLC, launched a website called Feast For Eight, curating dinner parties for young corporate singles to connect over a nice meal in a cool restaurant. I met a boyfriend AND made lots of money!

  • Public speaking? I’d rather die.
  • I got invited to speak at BlogWorld about my work in the ever-evolving digital music space, wrote a killer presentation, got up on stage, spoke in front of hundreds of people, and didn’t die. Instead, it positioned me as an expert in my field, creating more visibility and new opportunities. 

 

Professionally, I have 20+ years of experience in all facets of the entertainment business. But I’m not the type to wear business attire. My work experience covers TV and movie production, which landed me my first paying gig on Dawson’s Creek. After that, I worked as an Executive Creative Assistant at BBDO Advertising, working on accounts like Pepsi, moved onto TVT Records, and was pinned as the “Ringtone Girl” ventured into product development and marketing, making educational gaming apps for children.

Where ever I have worked, I've always had something going on outside of work, whether it be passion projects, side hustles, or learning new skills. In 2015 I earned a life coaching certification, and in 2016 a career coaching certification. During those years, I coached others on my nights and weekends. As the side hustle grew, it inspired me to transition from full-time employee to full-time business owner and launched my career coaching practice inspired by my non-linear career path.

I now work with highly creative professionals in advertising, entertainment, and PR to more left-brain analytical thinkers like lawyers and accountants to clear up the confusion about what’s next to have a clear path and a plan to land their dream career.

As a result, my clients have landed dream jobs at Google, Spring Health, Hunt Club, A & E Networks, Cancer Research Insitute, and Recess, to name a few. Others have achieved internal promotions, bonuses, and raises equaling tens of thousands of dollars. Others have launched passion projects into side hustles into full-time careers.

The most significant achievement for all of my clients?

Sleeping soundly at night, knowing they are exactly where they need to be, and making an impact doing what they love.

Let me guess.

You hate going to work. Your anxiety and depression spill into your personal life and you have no energy left over for friends, significant others, and your passions. One good day has you thinking, "maybe it's not so bad.” until the next bad day the cycle begins again.

Stop dreading Mondays! This isn’t Groundhog Day. You can break out of that ridiculous “I hate my job, I will research a new one.” cycle. Oh wait, I can’t do that, so I’ll be stuck in the same fear cycle again. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of what others will think of me. Fear of failing. Fear of starting over. Fear of going broke. I get it, change is scary, but...

There is an easy fix. A Career Coach! 

How to find a career coach? Honey! You found one!

Career Coaching Service? Alright, What Does That Look Like?

It means no more wasting your talents at a job you don’t like. It means no more endless scrolling through Linkedin for more of the same and having the confidence to ask for what you want in work and in life.  I help you align your skillset with your personal goals and passions so that your professional life is one you are proud of. Let’s get you a clear and concise vision of the person you want to be and employ my fool-proof success plan to get there.

Career Coach Near Me? Look no further, you’ve found her!

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