100 episodes

The Bridge to Fulfillment is hosted by Blake Schofield, founder of Connections Illuminated, mom to three kids & former corporate executive who got tired of sacrificing her life for a comfortable paycheck. This podcast is designed to change perspectives on what is really possible for women and help them to build a fulfilling career & life on their terms without risking what matters most.

The Bridge to Fulfillmen‪t‬ Blake Schofield

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

The Bridge to Fulfillment is hosted by Blake Schofield, founder of Connections Illuminated, mom to three kids & former corporate executive who got tired of sacrificing her life for a comfortable paycheck. This podcast is designed to change perspectives on what is really possible for women and help them to build a fulfilling career & life on their terms without risking what matters most.

    EP 103: The Art & Science Of Networking: How To Build A Strategy That WORKS

    EP 103: The Art & Science Of Networking: How To Build A Strategy That WORKS

    Did you know that around 80% of jobs are landed through networking? Given that fact, how's your networking strategy working out for you? If it isn't, there are a few simple but powerful strategies you'll want to know about.
     
    On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake digs deep on the signs and symptoms you see when you aren't networking effectively, how a lack of clarity on what you want and an inability to express and understand your unique value can hurt your networking efforts, and the best way to successfully reach out to people as you look for the right opportunity. Listen in to clear away the fog around the process of networking and start using it to your advantage.
     
    What You'll Learn
    What your secret sauce transferable skills actually consist of (because it's more than just one thing you're amazing at) Why the people around you keep sending all the wrong job opportunities your way - and what you can do to fix it How Blake's clients are managing to land ideal jobs and huge pay increases in a less-than-favorable job market and economy And much more!


    Favorite Quote:
    "This skill, networking, when learned and honed, will not only open the doors to your next job, but will open the doors to career growth and opportunity for the rest of your life. It is one I cannot highly stress enough. And honestly, if your job search isn't going well, it's one that's absolutely critical to learn."
     
    Blake Schofield  
     
    How to Get Involved:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
     
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
     
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
     
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    • 14 min
    EP 102: Kristena’s Journey: How She Landed Her Dream Position & A Major Pay Increase By Reclaiming Her Worth & Value

    EP 102: Kristena’s Journey: How She Landed Her Dream Position & A Major Pay Increase By Reclaiming Her Worth & Value

    Is your current career situation lighting you up? If not, that kind of fulfillment might seem completely out of reach. It isn't, though, and the steps to get there might not be as far as you think.
     
    At the start of her journey, Kristena's spark had gone out completely, and small shifts in her career weren't helping as much as she'd hoped. Now, she's back in control and headed in a positive, prosperous and confident direction in the knowledge of her value and what she brings to the table.
     
    On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake and Kristena discuss the process of navigating the uncomfortable parts of a career change when you’ve been incredibly successful previously, the positive changes that manifested in every aspect of Kristena’s life throughout her process, and the switch that flips the moment you decide what you're willing to put up with - and what you aren't. Listen in for an episode that will help you get under the surface of what's going on in your career and figure out your best path forward.



    What You’ll Learn:
    What the first step towards regaining control over your career looks like, why it’s important, and how Blake teaches it differently How Kristena began to slowly improve in her ability to articulate her skills and value in multiple settings Why the financial side of a career change can be one of the best validating factors as you progress through your journey And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
    "That whole first step of gaining control is 100% critical to the process. And then from there, you start to feel differently about yourself, you start to feel more empowered, you start to recognize that, wow, you do have value and worth where you previously maybe weren't thinking that and then from there I could start to map out, you know, gaining clarity on what my next opportunity needs to look like - you know, defining it."
     
    Kristena  
     
    How to Get Involved:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
     
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
     
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
     
    Like this episode? Hear more on Apple Podcasts - don't forget to rate and review!

    • 45 min
    EP 101: Sheryl's story: FROM Feeling Powerless TO Cracking the Job Search Code & Uncovering Her Value

    EP 101: Sheryl's story: FROM Feeling Powerless TO Cracking the Job Search Code & Uncovering Her Value

    What makes an ideal candidate, where employers and hiring managers are concerned? It seems like the goalposts are always shifting - which is why the secret ingredient to finding a fulfilling position is simply you.
     
    When Sheryl found herself laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she felt completely adrift and unsure how to navigate the process of finding a new job. After a little guidance and a lot of self-reflection and work on identifying her skills and the things she is truly passionate about, Sheryl has a much clearer roadmap to follow as she takes her next steps.
     
    On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake and Sheryl lay out valuable insight on learning to translate your skills, passion and experiences into a successful job search, the advantage you gain when you learn how to ask the right questions, and the blend of confidence in her accomplishments, a willingness to accept a helping hand, and clarity in her secret sauce transferable skills that led Sheryl toward a promising, empowering path forward in her life and career. Listen in for an interview that will open your eyes to some of the lesser-known but all-important components to success as you look for a new position.



    What You’ll Learn:
    What signs within Sheryl’s jobbed began to tip her off to the fact that her job might be on the line, and how being laid off during COVID affected her confidence going into job-search mode How Sheryl’s perspective on being the person who helped others find jobs vs. being the one to ask for and accept help shifted during her journey Why getting clarity on what you really love to do and learning how to articulate and highlight those things is an integral piece of getting to a fulfilling place in your career And much more!


    Favorite Quote:
    “I think we don't feel it as a big accomplishment if we haven't had to struggle, if there hasn't been, you know, a big hill to climb - because that's kind of the narrative in stories, and there has to be some big friction or something in order for you to have this big result and for it to be celebrated, because you worked so hard for it… Look at all the fiction stories out there, look at all the true stories out there. Those are the ones that resonate with people, because you had to work so hard to get there, or you got over the hill. So if it's easy, it must not be that impressive. But I learned differently.”
     
    Sheryl  



    How to Get Involved:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
     
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
     
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
     
    Like this episode? Hear more on Apple Podcasts - don't forget to rate and review!

    • 43 min
    EP 100: Debating Making a Change You’re Not Really Passionate About? You DON’T Need to Compromise - Featuring Kerry, Winner of the Gift of Clarity

    EP 100: Debating Making a Change You’re Not Really Passionate About? You DON’T Need to Compromise - Featuring Kerry, Winner of the Gift of Clarity

    When is a good change not a good change? When we’re in a situation where we aren’t fulfilled or reaching our potential, any shift might feel like a step in the right direction. But the moves that truly put you where you need to be do not have to involve a compromise of your values or desires. 
     
    On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake and Kerry dive deep on Kerry’s story, from losing her position due to COVID to sorting out what her ideal career situation would look and feel like moving forward, the contrast between moments that made Kerry feel capable and fulfilled vs. the realization that her current industry no longer serves her (plus the first step towards solving that problem), and how Kerry plans to move forward with her newfound clarity. Listen in for a milestone episode that may just speak to where you stand in your career - and give you some valuable action steps to take you towards your ideal situation.



    What You’ll Learn:
    How a set of voicemails from her family keeps Kerry grounded in the parts of her life that matter most - and how to keep perspective when your career begins to seep outside its boundaries What makes Kerry a uniquely valuable leader and teammate in business, and the ways those secret sauce transferable skills will help her find a more fulfilling career fit Why we compromise on our vision of the life we desire (and why the compromise is not as necessary as we think) And much more!


    Favorite Quote:
    “The biggest ‘aha’ was probably knowing that, where I used to have the confidence of knowing that I could convey my value, that I need to really re-zhuzh that a little bit. I could give you my elevator speech in a heartbeat, and now that needs to be completely re-curated. And, you know, realizing that I can't lean so much on... the familiarity of how I've always done things in the past. I have to really look at things with a different lens.”
     
    Kerry   
     
    How to Get Involved:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
     
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
     
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
     
    Like this episode? Hear more on Apple Podcasts - don't forget to rate and review!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    EP 99: Monique’s Story: FROM Fearful That What She Wanted Wasn’t Possible TO Creating Her Dream Life

    EP 99: Monique’s Story: FROM Fearful That What She Wanted Wasn’t Possible TO Creating Her Dream Life

    Monique drastically increased her income and quality of life, gained the flexibility she needed as a single mom of four kids, and is able to use her gifts doing work she is incredibly passionate about.
     
    On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Monique and Blake discuss the importance of reflecting on your values as well as your previous situation and the lessons you took from it, how Monique put her passion for creating opportunities for equity to work in her career, and the action steps behind making the thing you thought was impossible into an attainable goal. Tune in for an interview that will light a new fire under the priorities you’ve put aside because they didn’t seem practical.



    What You’ll Learn:
    Why celebrating the seemingly small wins in her week was integral in helping Monique combat burnout and set herself up for success How to identify the handful of things that are truly important to you and make sure you can engage with them in your new position What it does for your sense of what’s possible in your career to have people in your orbit who recognize your value and potential And much more!


    Favorite Quote:
    “To the person that feels that they have no time for this - because I think that was a big thing for me was, like, how am I going to find the time - I would say, understand how important your time is and how you're spending it in your present day. If your present day is stress, if your present day is not allowing you to really pause and be the person that you need to be whether it is at home or at work or both, you know, understand that it's worth it to put in a little bit of extra effort upfront so that that long-term vision is something that you can say you're happy with.”
     
    Monique  



    How to Get Involved:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
     
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
     
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com

    Like this episode? Hear more on Apple Podcasts - don't forget to rate and review!

    • 49 min
    EP 98: Difficult Manager Making Work Unbearable? Here’s What You Can Do

    EP 98: Difficult Manager Making Work Unbearable? Here’s What You Can Do

    Think for a moment about the worst manager you’ve ever had…what made them so terrible? How did you handle it? Or if you didn’t handle it, how much did you put up with, and what was the overall impact on your life? 
     
    On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake dives into the uncertainty and exhaustion faced by many women who are dealing with frustrating management, getting the right help to get out of that situation (in whatever way is right for that situation), the puzzle pieces about which you’ll need some clarity to handle the problem, and the positive impact that is made possible when you can effectively lead your leaders. Listen in for a crucial wake-up call directed at everyone who operates in a workplace, whether you have managers, you are a manager, or you’ve ever struggled with a manager.



    What You’ll Learn:
    Why awareness is the most vital tool for getting you out of a bad situation with a difficult manager - and how a lack of awareness cripple you How to use strategic, effective communication to deal with your tough management scenario head-on, potentially saving you an unnecessary career shift What you need to know about your position as a person who works under a manager - what your options are, what you should be analyzing, and why you’re actually the one in control And much more!  
    Favorite Quote:
    “Having peace of mind is really important. If you feel that your job is at risk, or that you're at risk every day when you go to work, that level of stress that you are causing on yourself and your body is absolutely impacting your health, your ability to have clarity and confidence and peace of mind. And if you've been living that way for an extended period of time, it is really sucking away your life.”
     
    Blake Schofield  
     
     
    How to Get Involved: 
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
     
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
     
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
     
    Like this episode? Hear more on Apple Podcasts - don't forget to rate and review!

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

modhutch ,

Great insights!

Love to hear stories of these women taking control of their careers and doing what fulfills them!

Renee1214 ,

A Fulfilling Experience

Blake is skilled and incredibly encouraging. She challenges you to really think about what gives you personal and professional fulfillment while giving you tools that will benefit more areas of your life than you could have imagined. Her team is a pleasure to work with and you also get to connect with other inspiring women along the way.

Schne1015 ,

Inspiring!

Hearing others’ stories and journeys, transitioning from confusion and self-doubt to confidence and clarity, is inspiring!

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