23 episodes

Faithful Career Moves is a podcast dedicated to helping people confidently enter the job market, improve their employment, start side gigs, or create small businesses by partnering with a higher power.This is not to say that you'll find "hidden menu" secrets or a fast path to success. No, in fact, the career advice you'll find on this site can apply to anyone, regardless of their belief system. But as someone who worked solo for many years, I can tell you with 100% conviction that the day I started partnering with Jesus Christ in all things is the day that the details of my career also started to fall into place and the ups and downs started to feel purposeful. I felt peace in the disappointments and more blessed in the triumphs. I stopped worrying so much about the "what ifs" and started recognizing the hand of God in the day-to-day.Knowing the source of my success made all the difference and gave me the comfort and encouragement I needed to venture even further.​This podcast offers a combination of career and spiritual guidance because I can no longer separate the two.

Faithful Career Moves Shelley Hunter

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Faithful Career Moves is a podcast dedicated to helping people confidently enter the job market, improve their employment, start side gigs, or create small businesses by partnering with a higher power.This is not to say that you'll find "hidden menu" secrets or a fast path to success. No, in fact, the career advice you'll find on this site can apply to anyone, regardless of their belief system. But as someone who worked solo for many years, I can tell you with 100% conviction that the day I started partnering with Jesus Christ in all things is the day that the details of my career also started to fall into place and the ups and downs started to feel purposeful. I felt peace in the disappointments and more blessed in the triumphs. I stopped worrying so much about the "what ifs" and started recognizing the hand of God in the day-to-day.Knowing the source of my success made all the difference and gave me the comfort and encouragement I needed to venture even further.​This podcast offers a combination of career and spiritual guidance because I can no longer separate the two.

    Going from SAHM to Nurse at 50 Years Old

    Going from SAHM to Nurse at 50 Years Old

    FEELING "TOO COMFORTABLE" AS A STAY-AT-HOME MOM

    After being an all-in, stay-at-home mom who home-schooled her kids, coached their sports teams, volunteered at church, cooked and cleaned and did all the things an involved mother of four would do, Anne Nelson found herself out of a job when her youngest decided to attend public school. At a time when many women would have dropped into a recliner and taken a well-deserved nap, Anne decided she needed something else to do.
    She said, "I was feeling quite comfortable being a stay-at-home mom with not a lot of responsibilities. My kids were raised and three of them were already through college."
    Without any students to teach, Anne decided to go back to being a student herself.
    With a goal to simply explore the possibility of finishing the nursing degree she had started 25 years prior, Anne went to see a counselor at the local community college. To her surprise, the counselor said Anne had all of the prerequisites necessary to apply for nursing school immediately. So she did. 
    Anne got accepted into the nursing program only to encounter another career delay--a three-and-a-half year waiting list. But she didn't let that stop her.
    In this interview, Anne shares the many starts and stops she had en route to landing exactly where God needed her to be--in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at a local hospital.
    FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE AS A NURSING STUDENT
    Now at age 57, Anne says becoming a nurse was the hardest thing she's ever done and she credits her family for giving her the support needed to finish, even when the process got difficult.
    Anne recalls, "It really was a full immersion, it was hard, especially hard on my husband who was so used to having me available all the time. There were a few times partway through it that I would have to say, 'I would stop doing this today. I will call them today. I will say, 'I need to drop out today if that's what you want.'" 
    But she didn't drop out.
    They kept going.
    "They prayed through it," Anne explained.
    FEELING AT HOME AS A NICU NURSE
    As a NICU nurse, Anne is now helping other families through some of the most profound moments of their lives.
    In the joyous deliveries that go as planned and the heartbreaking deliveries that don't, Anne has the skills necessary to help when she can and the faith necessary to pray for comfort when she can't.
    Anne is acting as the Lord's hands in such critical moments and it seems obvious to me that He guided her there for that purpose.

    What You'll Learn in this Episode
    How Anne Nelson worked her way through a grueling nursing programThe starts and stops that forced her to pivot in unexpected waysA leap of faith she had to take in her careerBlessing she could not see for herself in taking this journeyMost Importantly: how she has seen the Lord’s hand in her career~~~~~
    Visit FaithfulCareerMoves.com and learn the secret to finding the career you were born to do.  Here's how it works:
    Identify Your StrengthsGet a Career PlanFind Your Calling in LifeFollow us:
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    • 22 min
    Can a Quiz Really Improve Your Career?

    Can a Quiz Really Improve Your Career?

    How the CliftonStrengths Assessment can help you identify your God-given talents and learn how to apply them to your vocation (and all areas of your life) to more fully reach your potential.

    MEET ARNIE ALLRED
    While working in career services for then LDS Business College (now named Ensign College), Arnie Allred and his colleges were looking for a tool they could use to help students excel in job interviews. They selected the CliftonStrengths Assessment because they saw that the test results gave students a vocabulary they could use in everyday conversations (e.g. "I have a talent for building relationships"), validation for their strengths, and guidance on how to aim those strengths towards the goals they want to achieve.
    If that sounds too aspirational, listen to this interview as Arnie shares stories about the power of combining your individual strengths with others as well as coupling your own strengths together through something called "theme dynamics." The results are remarkable, but admittedly, hard to believe until you go through the process yourself.
    When I first took the Strengths assessment, I first tossed the results aside thinking they were just too obvious. 
    But that's the point.
    As Arnie says, "Everybody is incredibly talented. The sad thing is that lots of people don't see just how much value they can bring to the table. People don't recognize it because they say, 'That's just me.' They don't see the things they naturally do well as a talent."
    So let that sink in and listen to this interview to learn more about how important it is to KNOW what you're good at so you can "name it, claim it, and aim it" towards the things you want to achieve in this life.
    TAKE THE CLIFTONSTRENGTHS ASSESSMENT
    If you want to take the CliftonStrengths Assessment so you too can get the vocabulary and validation you need to achieve your career goals, sign up for strengths coaching here at Faithful Career Moves. If you're at BYU, then go see Arnie and his team instead. He's been doing this longer than me. :)

    What You'll Learn in this Episode
    What the CliftonStrengths Assessment isHow your Strengths results can be utilized and compensated forA leap of faith Arnie had to take in his careerA blessing he could not see for himself in taking this journeyMost Importantly: How he has seen the Lord’s hand in his careerMentioned in this Interview
    Brigham Young University (BYU) Career ServicesThe CliftonStrengths AssessmentEnsign College (formerly LDS Business College)~~~~~
    Visit FaithfulCareerMoves.com and learn the secret to finding the career you were born to do.  Here's how it works:
    Identify Your StrengthsGet a Career PlanFind Your Calling in LifeFollow us:
    Instagram @FaithfulCareerMovesFacebook @FaithfulCareerMoves

    • 30 min
    Are Moms Allowed to Make Career Moves that Impact the Family?

    Are Moms Allowed to Make Career Moves that Impact the Family?

    When Jodi Chowen got offered a prestigious position at a top university, she had a big decision to make. Learn how she counseled with her family to decide.

    HAVING A JOB VS A CAREER
    There's a big difference between working part-time jobs to SUPPORT the family and embarking on a full-time career that may IMPACT the family. That's what Jodi Chowen discovered when the "job" she took in higher education led to additional opportunities she wanted to pursue. Only when she got offered a prestigious position at a top university did she realize she had to make a choice.
    Up until that point, Jodi juggled a variety of part-time jobs including a successful real estate gig while also being an at-home, highly-involved mother of five children. When her husband accepted a job in Hawaii, the family moved to the islands. But knowing that she would have to build her real estate business all over again--with a new license, new clients, and a geographic area that could take her up to an hour away from home--gave Jodi pause.
    She said, "I had this moment in my life where I asked, 'So am I a realtor? Is that who I am? Is that what I do?'"
    Not convinced, Jodi explored other options and eventually took a position as a part-time academic advisor at Brigham Young University in Hawaii simply because the job fit her schedule and it was close to home. Little did Jodi know, she had just stepped onto the first rung of a career ladder that would one day change everything for her family and bring fulfillment she didn't know she needed.
    HOLDING FAMILY COUNCILS
    In this episode, Jodi tells how her career unfolded and the steps she had to take to get where she is now. But it's important to know that those steps did not come without sacrifices for her and for everyone in the family. Some changes were as routine as not being home when the kids got out of school or not being able to fix her daughter's hair for a big performance. Other changes found the family living apart for 11 months so Jodi could start a new position without prematurely pulling her older kids out of school.
    To make big decisions and to ease the transitions, however, the Chowen family followed a pattern of prayer, seeking personal revelation, and holding family councils.
    Jodi explains, "When making a decision, the kids need to understand why and a family council approach helps. That way everybody is on board and you can talk through things when it doesn't go well."
    And guess what? It didn't go well all of the time.
    Listen to this episode to learn more about:
    Jodi's journeyThe moment she realized she was "having a career"How she handles the mom-guilt often associated with pursing a career in addition to being a mom.It's good stuff.

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    Visit FaithfulCareerMoves.com and learn the secret to finding the career you were born to do.  Here's how it works:
    Identify Your StrengthsGet a Career PlanFind Your Calling in LifeFollow us:
    Instagram @FaithfulCareerMovesFacebook @FaithfulCareerMoves

    • 32 min
    Professional Organizers Do More Than Just Clear Clutter

    Professional Organizers Do More Than Just Clear Clutter

    Camille Cazier of Cherish Your Space shares how to become a professional organizer and why understanding a client’s underlying emotional issues is more important than just clearing clutter.


    About Camille Cazier, Professional Organizer

    Though she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family Studies, Camille Cazier, discovered professional organizing as a career option during her last semester in college. Now she is the founder of Cherish Your Space where she helps clients clear the clutter in their homes and take charge of their lives.
    As a professional organizer, Camille obviously helps people edit their physical space--everything from big projects like getting an entire kitchen organized to small projects like organizing a single bathroom drawer--but the most important work she does is often emotional. She explains, "Many of my clients have gone through a life-changing experience, whether it's becoming a parent for the first time, losing a loved one, or getting divorced. There are a lot of emotions behind their mess. We have to figure out why it's happening and then how to fix it."
    So, she can't just go into the house and start moving things around. Camille says a good organizer has to be sensitive and remember "this isn't your stuff." To build trust with clients, organizers have to be aware that clients feel vulnerable when they open their homes, their drawers, their emotions, and their mess to someone else.
    Listen to this episode to learn more about:
    How Camille became a professional organizerCertifications she earnedGroups she joinedThe unexpected blessings she found in starting this business while going through a life transition of her own.Camille Cazier has spent over 500 hours helping people find greater peace, clarity and control through organization. She completed The Whole Package Organizing training course for professional organizers and is a member of the Utah Professional Organizers community where she also serves on their board. You can learn more on her website at: CherishYourSpace.com.

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    Visit FaithfulCareerMoves.com and learn the secret to finding the career you were born to do.  Here's how it works:
    Identify Your StrengthsGet a Career PlanFind Your Calling in LifeFollow us:
    Instagram @FaithfulCareerMovesFacebook @FaithfulCareerMoves

    • 20 min
    Yes! You Can Make Money as a Life Coach

    Yes! You Can Make Money as a Life Coach

    To become a successful life coach, Heidi Benjaminsen got serious about her certification and her business—the latter being the most important. Learn how she plans to make a six-figure salary in less than three years.
    WHAT IS A LIFE COACH?
    Though I am a fan of the life coach process--having benefitted from consulting a life coach myself--I wanted to learn more about life coaching as a career. Specifically, I wanted to know if anybody besides Jody and Brooke are making money in this business. And, if so, how new life coaches find their place in an industry that is becoming heavily populated.
    To this end, my friend and recently certified life coach, Cassie Anderson, introduced me to her mentor, Heidi Benjaminsen.
    Heidi has been a life coach for a little over two years and she is most definitely making money. In this interview, she shares her journey to becoming a life coach as well as the steps she's taking to become successful in her business too.
    ABOUT HEIDI BENJAMINSEN
    Heidi Benjaminsen is a certified life coach who helps women lose weight and gain confidence. As a mother of three teenagers and having lost over 70 pounds herself more than a decade ago, she now helps women uncover the confidence that has always been within them. She hosts a weekly podcast called Hi, This is Heidi, and has a free Facebook group called Lose Weight and Gain Confidence.
    MAKING MONEY AS A LIFE COACH
    Before talking to Heidi, I had been waffling on something.
    Though I have helped hundreds of people find dream jobs, start businesses, prep for interviews, and more, I only decided to call myself a "career coach" because I needed a title for my Instagram business account. In doing so, I felt a little like an imposter. This is new feeling for me. I generally own what I do and feel confident in my career moves, but creating this business has been a leap of faith like no other.
    To level up my business and to feel better about my qualifications, I started toying with the idea of getting certified as a career coach. But I lost my enthusiasm when I saw the price of the program.
    Then my interview with Heidi happened.
    In the interview, I asked Heidi how she made the jump from helping friends for free to charging clients handsomely for her services. She responded: "Women that are willing to invest the money in themselves, the transformation that they make is just amazing. It's just beautiful because it's coming from a place where they realize, I am worth improving and I am worth investing in. It's been wonderful to see that."
    Heidi's answer hit me square.
    I haven't made an investment in myself since college.
    But after hearing Heidi's empowering words, I moved to action. I signed up for the career coach certification course I really wanted to take. And though I am still a little anxious about the cost Heidi's words remind me that making an investment in myself will help me to require the same of others.
    What You'll Learn in this Episode
    How Heidi makes money as a life coachWhy she believes it's important to invest in yourselfMost Importantly: How she has seen the Lord’s hand in my career~~~~~
    Visit FaithfulCareerMoves.com and learn the secret to finding the career you were born to do.  Here's how it works:
    Identify Your StrengthsGet a Career PlanFind Your Calling in LifeFollow us:
    Instagram @FaithfulCareerMovesFacebook @FaithfulCareerMoves

    • 26 min
    Now it's My Turn to "Ask Dr. Julie Hanks"

    Now it's My Turn to "Ask Dr. Julie Hanks"

    If you struggle with “aspirational shame” or simply want to better align your career and family goals, then listen to this interview with a woman who knows how you feel.

    About Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW
    Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with nearly 30 years experience providing a safe place for healing conversations that educate and empower women to prioritize their dreams, revolutionize their families, and personalize their faith. She is an assistant professor of social work at Utah Valley University, the founder and director of Wasatch Family Therapy, an outpatient therapy clinic, and the author of The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women. 
    Dr. Hanks is a local and national media contributor, a private practice consultant, and an award-winning performing songwriter. Dr. Hanks is the host of Ask Dr. Julie Hanks podcast and creator of online courses helping women navigate motherhood, relationships, and faith. A native Californian, Hanks currently lives with her family in Sandy, UT. 
    For additional resources visit DrJulieHanks.com or connect with @drjuliehanks on social media.
    LISTEN AND LEARN
    Time and time again, stay-at-home moms have come to me and said, "I have to go back to work, but I have no skills." Most feel nervous and scared. Some are mad at the circumstances of being forced out of the home after spending a lifetime creating it, and others desperately want to embark on a career but feel guilty about their desires.
    Though I offer to coach them, I rarely sit in the space of acknowledgement because I am so excited to help them see how much they have to offer. I rarely sit there because I know once we talk, they will see for themselves that they've been working on their career without even knowing it. I rarely sit there because I want these ladies to feel better faster.
    That's my mistake. Again.
    When I asked Dr. Hanks how she would respond to the statements I hear from stay-at-home moms, she didn't rush to solutions. She acknowledged that change is hard. Life doesn't always turn out as planned and it's important to grieve the loss. She talked of partnership parenting and building a support system. And she shared her own journey of learning to rely on personal revelation to overcome what she calls "aspirational shame." Her responses are empathetic and empowering.
    So, please. If you are upset that you have to go back to work, are afraid to go back to work, or WANT to go back to work and think you shouldn't feel that way, listen to this episode with Dr. Julie Hanks. In less than 30 minutes, you'll feel heard, energized, and empowered. And not to rush you, but I think you'll also feel better.

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    Visit FaithfulCareerMoves.com and learn the secret to finding the career you were born to do.  Here's how it works:
    Identify Your StrengthsGet a Career PlanFind Your Calling in LifeFollow us:
    Instagram @FaithfulCareerMovesFacebook @FaithfulCareerMoves

    • 27 min

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Just what I need to hear!

Shelley has a way of knowing what we need to hear. She serves up examples and stories of women who have gone back to work and found success. This podcast always has a nugget that keeps me thinking and gives me ideas!!

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Great messages

A friend referred me to this podcast and I’m really listening to the different experiences of each woman interviewed. I appreciate the positive messages about involving the Lord in our decisions regarding career and family. I was particularly touched by episode 3 with the mom who chose to be a stay at home mom. It was just what I needed to hear. I own and manage a business with my husband but am blessed to primarily be home with my 5 children. It is truly a career, as was defined in this episode, but it is so easy to forget that! Thank you for the simple inspiring messages you are bringing through this podcast.

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Uplifting listen

I love listening to this podcast. The host is thoughtful and insightful and I have been really inspired as I listen to the stories of the women she interviews. An uplifting listen for sure.

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