OPERATION DREAM JOB
Clarify and build a career you love, in community with other activists, artists, healers, and folks who want to change the world.
The next session of Operation Dream Job will begin in Fall 2019.
“Career.” It’s such a loaded word.
And a lot of people equate “career” with their “life’s work.”
Thinking about it that way puts a A LOT of pressure on you – pressure to find THE thing that’s going to make you happy, change the world, and help you save enough money to survive in this Capitalist jungle we call America.
If you’re like most folks who care deeply about social justice issues, when you think about switching up your career, you fall into a trap of either/or thinking.
You assume that you can either choose a job that’s comfortable and doesn’t make an impact, or choose a job with impact and sacrifice comfort.
You can follow the rules and make money, or color outside the lines and accept that you’ll always be poor.
Faced with these two options, you get or stick with a comfortable job, while longing for something more impactful.
When you you can’t stand it anymore you might go on an applying spree, sending tons of resumes and cover letters out into the ether, desperately hoping you’ll get a job that’s at least a little bit better than what you’ve got now.
That approach can get pretty discouraging, and it takes A LOT of energy.
You might also get so frustrated that you quit your job without a plan.
But here’s the thing:
There are actually a lot of good options in between those two extremes.
You’re not doomed to choose between a life of corporate blandness or the non-profit scarcity cycle.
There are for-profit companies that really care about social impact and there are well-run, well-paying non-profits. You could also start your own business or organization to make the impact you want, with the salary you’d love.
The only actual “good option” is the job that allows you to show up fully and make the contribution you’re here to make.
And I’ll let you in on a secret.
Nobody gets that job by simply finding a job listing online and sending in their resume and cover letter.
Getting or creating a job you love takes clarity, focus, commitment, and support.
You’re also going to have to talk to people. Not just for the dreaded “n” word (networking) but so you can learn more about what’s out there and what would actually be a good fit for you.
It’s really important to get as clear as possible on what you’d love BEFORE you start applying.
Yet, I see SO MANY PEOPLE assume that they can’t have what they want without even trying to find out if it’s possible!
They do a little internet research, don’t find what they want, and then they give up and start applying to a bunch of jobs that might workout.
And when you’re a multifaceted, multitalented, complex human it can be hard to figure out which interests are worth pursuing in the career realm and which ones should continue to be hobbies.
But your answer isn’t on the internet. There’s no search engine for figuring out what to do with your life.
If you can overcome fears about money and choosing the wrong thing, and give yourself some space to explore, talk to people, learn, and sit with what you learn, the answers to “what should do?” and “how should I do it?” become surprisingly clear.
But clarity isn’t the end goal.
Once you put in the time to get clear on what you want, you need to be willing to do what it takes to get there.
It will take more energy than you think. It always does.
It will also be scary because you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone.
You’ll procrastinate, avoid, and put off the things you need to do.
You might even want to quit and go the easy route – get another job you know you can get.
But that would be a bummer.
And that’s not what you want.
That’s why it’s important to have support.
But asking for support can be hard. Sometimes we don’t even know what kind of support to ask for and a lot of us badass movers and shakers are used to doing an awful lot all on our own.
I learned the value of support the hard way.
Growing up with an immigrant mother and a father who worked for the government, I grew up with an acute understanding that America has a lot of room for improvement.
I launched my first social justice campaign at age 15. My friend Chris made a crappy Web 1.0 website and I put flyers up all over my high school in an effort to educate and mobilize my fellow students around the National Debt. “It’s taxation without representation!” I argued, encouraging my classmates to write letters to their representatives.
It didn’t really go anywhere, but I’ve learned a lot about making change since then.
I worked on several political and environmental campaigns and helped start a grassroots bike advocacy organization in Boston.
Then I burned out. A few times. I didn’t know how to make change and feed the others parts of me. I missed art. I stopped writing. I had put my sole focus on making change and abandoned all my personal interests in the process. I also got really, really sick.
Determined to find a different way to stay in the game, I hired a coach.
The first breakthrough I had was around my fear of asking for support.
I fell in love with coaching and launched my own coaching business. That was four years ago and now I’ve been coaching full-time for more than two years.
Launching your own thing is no joke, especially at a time when everyone and their mom is becoming some kind of coach or healer or consultant – and the dominant ideas about how to “make it” are totally out of alignment with social, environmental, and healing justice values.
The good news is that there’s a whole community of social-justice-oriented folks just like us who are more interested in crafting impactful careers they love – careers that are also sustainable and nourishing – than following the mainstream path to success.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to put on a suit, shut up, and follow the rules.
The challenges of our generation are too big for that!
That’s why I started Operation Dream Job and brought the masterful coach Greg Reinauer on board.
Greg is a songwriter, musician, performer, and serial entrepreneur living in Boston, Massachusetts. The two of us met in our first coaching training with the Academy for Coaching Excellence in 2014 and have been in community ever since.
Operation Dream Job is an online course + coaching program that gives you the skills, tools, and support you need to build a meaningful career that lights you up.
ODJ includes a seven-part video training on tools and skills to support your career development journey and two monthly live coaching calls where you can bring up whatever questions or challenges you’re facing.
Greg and I lead this program because we LOVE seeing what people can achieve when they feel supported.
Our commitment to you as coaches is that we’ll never give up on you or anyone in the group.
In addition to our support, you’ll get the support of 10-17 other courageous changemakers who are willing to step outside their comfort zones, be vulnerable, and support each other 100%.
In all of the previous five cohorts of Operation Dream Job, participants have said that the best part of this program is the community that gets cultivated between the participants.
In this program you will:
Clarify what you want to contribute in your work and how you want to make that contribution.
See how your work supports the other parts of your life, specifically your relationships with other people, time, physical health, enjoyment, creativity, and money so you don’t have to worry that work will take over your life.
Learn how to see when doubt and fear are keeping you from doing what’s yours to do so you can make a smooth and satisfying career transition.
Master the art of informational interviews both as a networking tool and a vehicle for getting clearer on what you want.
Learn to set goals that you’ll actually score and score them with clarity, focus, ease, and grace.
See how to answer the question “is this job/role/company a good fit for me?” so you don’t have to worry about making the wrong choice.
Learn best practices for resumes, cover letters, interviewing, LinkedIn communications, and more!
INTEGRATION + SUPPORT
Two 120-minute calls a month where you can ask questions about what you’re learning in the modules and get coaching on whatever challenges are arising in your career development journey.
Assignments between sessions to integrate what you’re learning.
An online community space to connect with your fellow group mates, pose questions, and share celebrations.
A buddy so you have a designated person to check-in with between sessions. Often buddy relationships last well beyond the end of the program. (Buddies are optional but highly recommended.)
Two individual coaching sessions during the course of the program for personalized support (one session every three months).
The program is 6 months. Participants often choose to stay longer for ongoing support.
Group coaching calls occur 2x a month on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30pm Eastern. Exact start date TBA.
We run our coaching calls on the Zoom video chat platform.
one individual coaching session with Greg or Noelle every three months during their time in the program (each session is a $300 value)
video and audio recordings of every session within 48 hours in case you miss one.
digital copies of everything we teach you for easy reference.
We have run this group five times before and each class has been surprised by just how much they got out of it!
Past participants have landed jobs, started businesses (sometimes both!), and reported greater confidence, happiness, and overall life satisfaction after completing the course.
Specifically ODJ grads have:
Landed jobs at places like PRX, Wayfair, and Political Research Associates
Started their own coaching and healing practices, a film collective, a doula business, a meditation teaching business, and a nature connection program for youth
Launched writing careers and gotten into their dream grad schools
Set themselves up to be loving and present parents
Gotten their finances in order so they are saving to resource their dreams
Up-leveled their self-care routine and hobbies so they can show up fully to the work they love
Is this right for you?
Operation Dream Job is a great next step for you if…
You’re someone who wants to things to be different, for yourself and your community, perhaps even the global community.
You have a vision for a life in which you’re doing work you love AND you have time and energy for your other passions.
You want to be financially comfortable and independent.
You long to work in an environment where you can show up as all of yourself.
But… there are some things that have stopped you from really going for it.
You might be worried that:
Your resume doesn’t match up to the job you’d love.
You’re not sure if you need to go to grad school.
You’ll make the wrong choice and end up in a bad situation.
You won’t be able to make money doing what you want to do.
Welcome to the party!
All those fears are so normal and exactly the kinds of worries we’ll support you in slaying so you can get where you want to go with more ease.
You'll know this is the right time to jump in if:
You’re looking to make a career transition in the next 4-12 months.
You feel confused, lost, frustrated, directionless, stuck, or all of those things when you think about your career goals.
You’d love new skills and clear next steps to make this transition strategically and easily
You're ready to use your unique talents to make a bigger contribution in your work.
You could use some accountability and support so you actually do what you say you’ll do.
You want to make changes in your work-life balance and/or finances so you can show up more fully in all aspects of your life.
You see that it would be a lot easier and more fun to do the above with a group of like-minded, supportive fellow rockstars.
You’ll know this is not the right time if:
You’re already feeling way overstretched and can’t imagine committing to anything else right now.
You’re not interested in the whole group thing.
You’re living with anxiety and depression and NOT getting professional mental health support. (< When mental health challenges are present, it’s difficult to be successful in coaching.)
So what’s the inve$tment?
$497/mo for six months or $2,800 up front
Partial scholarships are available for individuals who identify as people of color, indigenous, LGBTQIA2S+, low-income, disabled, or otherwise belonging to marginalized communities. If interested in a partial scholarship, please note that in your application.
ODJ alumni can join for a discount. Contact Noelle or Greg for details.
What is it really worth?
You’ll get 26 hours of real-time coaching and training from two certified coaches, plus unlimited support in our online forum. 1-on-1 this would cost between $5,200 - $10,400.
Ready to Join?
The next cohort of ODJ will start in Sept/October 2019.
To apply, fill out the application and we’ll be in touch with next steps.
Send questions to jankacoaching @ gmail.com
Other than true emergencies, there are no refunds in this course. Why? Because it’s important that you only join if you are clear that this really is the right course at the right time for you.
We do not guarantee your results. Those are up to you. We DO guarantee that we will give you all that we have to offer… and that if you participate fully, you will get more than your money’s worth. 😎
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the time commitment? You can expect to spend 1-2 hours a week on ODJ-related activities.
Why 6 months? One of our clients (who’s been in four coaching groups with Noelle) put it this way: Each coaching group becomes a family and the longer you have together, the more you can achieve with that family support. The six-month program provides three months to build a foundation with the tools and three months to integrate, get to know the group better, kick ass, and take names. While 6 months is the minimum, our recommendation is 9 months. To make it easier for you to stick around, once you’re in the group for six months, you can add an additional three for a discount. 🙂
What happens during the group sessions? Sessions are 120 minutes long and happen twice per month. The first three sessions will be content-based, us teaching you tools, and we may decide to do an additional training session depending on the needs of the group. The majority of the sessions will be devoted to coaching. Since people in the group are going through similar experiences, everyone learns from everyone else's coaching and group coaching in effect becomes individual coaching.
A typical coaching session looks like:
Taking a moment to get centered and present
One person shares what they'd like support on and receives that support in the form of coaching from me.
They get coached (Usually ~15 minutes each).
We will invite other group members to share their personal takeaways from the coaching. This is where the magic of the group comes in because you get so much out of hearing your groupmates getting coached.
Next person is up on the “coaching seat.”
What topics can I get coached on? Anything! There’s no limit. Although this group is career-oriented, you don’t have to limit what you get coaching on to just job stuff. The truth is... everything is related and if you have a breakthrough in one area of your life, the positive effects of that breakthrough will ripple into all the others. Sometimes we need to get some others things taken care of so we can really go for the job we'd love! Topics you might get coaching on: career, mindset, passion, entrepreneurial ventures, health, relationship with money, relationship with time, love and partnership, health, friendships, teams, communication, activism, enjoyment and relaxation, hobbies … pretty much anything!
Hi! I'm Noelle. I'm a life coach, a yoga teacher, writer, and healer. Since the age of 14, I've had at least 15 jobs in everything from food service to academia to corporate sales management to farming and grassroots organizing. I've been helping friends with resumes, cover letters, interview prep, and networking for more than a decade, and have been coaching people on career moves as a professional coach for 2.5 years. Supporting people to find meaningful work that lights them up is one of my favorite things in the whole world. I love dogs, gardening, singing, and gluten-free pancakes and I live in Boston, Massachusetts. More on how I became a coach here.
I’m Greg Reinauer, a Boston-based coach, musician, activist and entrepreneur. I enjoy supporting socially conscious creative people to take courageous action toward their passion with more ease and less struggle. You can read more about me and my coaching practice at my business is CreativeActionCoaching.