We often feel that the career choice we made years ago is permanent, that we are hostages of a degree we earned or a couple of decades of experience that we accumulated. But that isn’t true.
In this episode of the Align podcast, Ashley Stahl and I discuss the 9 core skill sets that you should develop if you are contemplating switching careers. Plus, Ashley explains how the skills that you naturally have are more important than the interests you have.
Lastly, we get to hear all about how Ashley’s impressive background in counterterrorism helped her develop soft skills that are essential for the career choice she made after leaving the Pentagon.
Ashley is an angel investor, writer, career coach, podcast host, and an ex-counterterrorism professional for the Pentagon. Her leadership firm, Ashley International Inc., offers private coaching and unparalleled online programs to empower Millennials to find their purpose, land more job offers, and increase their income.
What we discuss:
04:26: Ashley's creative process for writing her new book
08:36: Expanding options vs going unidirectionally in a career
12:56: Making core skill sets relevant
16:22: Ashley's background in counter-terrorism
22:39: How Ashley incurred a loss in her business
24:41: What brought Ashley to her current formula?
29:25: Why did the Senate get raided?
32:22: Ashley's day to day working in counter-terrorism and international development
35:57: How are skill sets becoming obsolete in the workforce
40:01: What was Ashley's relation to Al-Qaeda in her professional role?
41:51: Ashley's experience as a female in her previous field
44:42: Developing self-awareness to determine our own hardness
47:00: Making career choices based on past wounds
48:46: What are the required skills of a good spy?
52:37: The power of being good with words
55:16: How did Ashley's perception of death evolve throughout time
01:03:05: The value and disadvantages of the current educational system
01:05:42: Changing careers at a mature age
To learn more about Ashley:
Podcast: Your Turn Podcast