Who I Work With
Hi! I’m Kim Wensel, a personal branding + career strategist for ambitious women who feel stuck at work. They’ve been thinking about making a career change for a while, but aren’t sure exactly how to do so. I help them figure out what they want the next chapter of their career to look like and develop a roadmap to get there.
My clients look really good on paper. They’re been busy checking off all the boxes, appearing to everyone else as the poster child of success. But recently they’ve heard a voice whispering in their ear, “Is this really as good as it gets?”
Getting motivated has started to feel like a chore. It’s not because they mind hard work - in fact, they enjoy it - but they long to see the impact of the hours they’re logging.
They miss the challenge and thrill of being completely immersed in and engaged with their work. And lately even their time away from work is consumed by thoughts about their job, distracting them from life’s simple pleasures.
Through courses, training, and 1:1 coaching I help them get clear on what they want out of their career, understand their potential, and craft a personal brand that effectively communicates their unique value to both employers and clients alike.
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Like many of my clients, I took the traditional path to work: high school to college, college to career, career to grad school, grad school back to work. Growing up in DC - land of the the overeducated - I was taught that with enough hard work and degrees, I’d have no trouble pursuing my passion.
At 27, I stood on the commencement stage addressing my fellow master’s degree candidates. I felt on top of the world. In just a few short weeks I’d be starting my dream job working for a global health and development NGO.
Then REALITY HIT
But just one month into that job my gut was telling me I’d made a mistake. Sure there were warning signs in the interview process, but I ignored them. No job was meant to be perfect, right?
Unfortunately things got worse. I had two master’s degrees and my biggest responsibility at work was taking meeting notes. I asked to take on more and was told to “enjoy the down time.” Even though I was miserable, I refused to start over. I didn’t want to admit that I hated my “dream job.”
So I stayed in that soul-sucking job for three years.
During that time I lost track of who I was, what I was good at, and where I wanted to be. It was the first time I didn't’ have a plan for what was next.
So I did what anyone in my situation would do - I hit the job boards hard. I applied to over 80 positions, sending my resume out to anything that remotely sparked my interest (and even things that didn’t). But there were no bites.
This took a heavy toll on my confidence.
If I wasn’t happy in my job and no one else wanted to hire me, maybe the problem was just me, I thought.
FACING THE FEAR
It took stepping on a plane and landing in a place where I had no cell coverage or internet access to get real with myself. It was on this family vacation that it hit me - I was so used to being miserable that I couldn’t pinpoint what would actually make me happy again.
I couldn’t complain anymore about my situation unless I started taking action.
So right there on the beach I furiously took pen to paper writing down everything I’d done in my career that brought me satisfaction. On another sheet I wrote down everything people looked to me for help with. Finally I wrote down the things I wanted to be doing more of.
I let all of my ideas flow out without worrying about how qualified I was or how disjointed my resume appeared at the moment.
As I mapped out all of connections between where I’d been and where I wanted to go, I realized the “jack of all trades” hat I’d been flaunting for so long may have been working against me. If I wanted to change careers I had to give myself permission to narrow in on one area of expertise and ditch the 5-year plan in favor of taking action right then.
In what felt like a huge, vulnerable risk I made the decision to leave the field I was in altogether. While it looked sexy from the outside, it wasn’t a great fit for my personality or work style. And coming to peace with that decision, rather than feeling guilty about it, was the first step in my own career pivot.
I WANT THE SAME FOR YOU
You don’t have to imagine what it would be like to do something different. Maybe you’re curious whether there’s a calling that you haven’t yet stumbled upon. Or perhaps you’ve been thinking about transitioning for a while but haven’t had the courage or know-how to get started.
I’ve witnessed the incredible things that can happen when someone decides enough is enough and commits to throwing all of the “should have” notions out the window. I can help you connect to how exactly you want work to complement your life and grow the confidence to make your shift happen.