We’ve all heard the advice: “Pursue your passion!” But that’s often easier said than done. Where do I start? What if I get stuck? What if I find myself on a career path that doesn’t align with my values? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you are not alone.

According to a recent study from Capital One, more than three quarters (77 percent) of Americans said that at some point in their career they’ve taken a job that didn’t align with their career interests, ambitions or long term goals. Additionally, more than half of respondents (58 percent) reported that they don’t feel like they have as much control as they would like in shaping their career.*

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“Bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to be in your career can seem very daunting at first,” said Gwen Lane, who left her job in corporate marketing to pursue her passion of being a fashion and lifestyle blogger. Since founding her website The LA Girl, she has evolved her focus to help other individuals who find themselves at a career crossroads get on the right path towards more fulfilling, more values-centric work.

Lane is partnering with Capital One to launch a series of free, educational workshops aimed at helping people at any stage of their career – whether they are just starting out, ready to make a change, or looking to pursue their own entrepreneurial venture – tap into their values to inform their next career move. The workshops, which will be hosted at the William Cannon Capital One location in Austin, are an extension of Capital One’s Money Coaching offering, a complimentary, three-session program that pairs certified life coaches with consumers to help them connect their values to their money, plan a path for future financial goals, and gain the confidence to make it happen.

In addition to values exploration, attendees can expect detailed discussions of immediately actionable guidance. For instance, tech and social media savvy recent graduates often tend to overlook “offline” career opportunities. Gwen will walk participants through practical tips to tap a much wider network in their physical world, which is full of rich, strong connections – connections that can flourish only if career-seekers put them to use effectively.

To kick off the workshops, Capital One will host a #CapXTalk on “Mapping Your Own Career Path: Aligning Your Values with Your Career Goals at Any Stage.” The panel will be moderated by Capital One Money Coach Megan Lathrop and will feature panelists Andy Ku (LinkedIn), Jon Wolske (Zappos), Gwen Lane (The LA Girl) and Ben Ricciardi (Times10). The discussion will be livestreamed via Capxtalk.fora.tv on Thursday, June 15th beginning at 1:00pm PST/3:00pm CDT.

Austin area locals who are interested in taking the next step in their careers are invited to tune in for the CapXTalk and attend one of Capital One’s free upcoming workshops hosted by Gwen Lane, The LA Girl. Attendees can also expect light, complimentary fare and free social media headshots from an on-site professional photographer.

Austin, TX: Saturday, June 24th at the William Cannon Branch (4301 W William Cannon Dr.)

In addition to the workshops on Saturday, June 24th, the Austin area Capital One team will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Day at the William Cannon location from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Customers can expect FREE FOOD, LIVE MUSIC, AND MORE.

For more information, tips from Gwen or to RSVP for a workshop, please visit the Capital One Cafe Events Page or tweet @CapitalOneCafe.


This post was sponsored by Capital One.

*Methodological Notes:

The Capital One Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between May 16th and 19th, 2017, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population ages 18+.

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