Listen to Ron's Interview with Lisa Strahs-Lorenc
How Do You Take the Career Road Less Traveled?
There has long been a gap in the U.S. economy between the needs of employers and the skills and aspirations of available workers. While the pandemic has eased, the gap has grown even larger as employers face the challenge of getting people back to work, only to discover that the jobs they need are no longer the same, and workers, for their part, have discovered that they often don’t want to return to the same jobs—or even the same careers. In today’s episode, Lisa Strahs-Lorenc, the owner of Let Go Career Compass, will talk about how people can navigate this unsettling landscape to their next career journey. From early on in her career, Lisa, herself, experienced the frustration of getting little professional guidance, as she pursued a career in early childhood education, only to find that it was a shrinking field with few job prospects. Having spent more than 25 years in workforce development in the business, nonprofit and education sectors, Lisa offers a broad and insightful perspective on how people can use their unique skills and interests to help create the best version of themselves for today’s job market—and for jobs in the future, which may look very different. She offers several signature interactive workshops, such as “The Road Less Traveled,” and “How Do You Stand Out?” that lead people to a better understanding of their career goals and personality traits related to the career paths they might select. Whether she’s working with students, or unemployed workers, seasoned professionals or those looking to use transferable skills to explore new passions or careers, Lisa’s motto is “Do what you love, and you will love what you do.”
Lisa Strahs-Lorenc is President of Go Career Compass, a career consulting firm whose mission is to help others find their direction, connections and passion for their next careers. Originally intent on pursuing a career in early childhood education, Lisa decided to earn a Master’s degree with a specialization in career counseling because of her own challenges not finding a job in her chosen field. She quickly learned how to transfer her skills to a number of industries, including nonprofit organizations, software development, personnel and education. Over the span of more than 25 years, Lisa assembled a unique resume of workforce development experiences, including serving as Director of Educational Programs, Marketing and Community Relations for the Long Island Works Coalition, a regional initiative to bridge the gap between business and the educational community. She also worked as a career counselor for Suffolk County Community College, the Sanford-Brown Institute and in continuing education programs of several school districts. At Go Career Compass, Lisa continues to conduct many workshops and interactive courses such as “The Road Less Traveled,” and “How Do You Stand Out?” aimed at helping people set a direction that can change their lives, whether they’re a recent college graduate, an unemployed job-seeker, or established employee looking to explore a more fulfilling career.