Hey there. I’m Nicolle and I’m obsessed with jobs and the skills needed to get them. I’m the one at the party who legitimately wants to know what you do. I live vicariously through other peoples jobs.
I’m in the middle of a major career transition. Early this year I quit my job at Yale School of Management where I worked in career services as an international student career coach. Many people think career coaches are like life coaches: they dive deep into your soul to help you find your true professional calling in life. Those coaches exist and do mighty fine work. I’m just not one of them. Instead I taught the globally mobile how to hustle: how to adapt, interact, and find their way to stand out in crowded fields. I did more than coach too. I created interactive workshops for global audiences, from students to executives. I spoke at conferences on transforming career education curriculums. I got fully sucked into a world of global talent mobility and organizational transformation amongst industry disruption. It was a wild ride in only 2 years.
MBA career services is the perfect place for someone who is obsessed with jobs. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity at Yale SOM. I had it good there; everyone around me was smart and ferociously ambitious. But I got stuck in a system that is struggling to adapt to the future of work and students’ changing expectations. So I did what anyone should do when they get stuck: I changed course.
Now I’m here. I’m upgrading career eduction into a system that trains people for jobs that don’t exist yet. I’m obsessed with the future of work but not in the OMFG-the-robots-are coming-to-take-our-jobs way. Instead I’m exploring how we partner and adapt when algorithms are our coworkers. I’m exploring how we teach students the soft-skills that will get them their first job and prepare them for every job after.
As I build the future of career education at FutureMe School, I teach and write a lot. Here’s what else I’m working on.
- I teach people how to build global careers
- I run an online career school for international students and a website for international student careers
- I deliver interactive workshops for students, mid-career professionals, and executives on how to build soft skills that build influence in the workplace
- I train US career services departments on how to adapt to international students needs
- I’m writing two books: one on the new career mindset for the future of work and one to help international students navigate the US job search.
This blog is a parking space on all things related to my work. It’s part reflection, part framework, part idea parking, part daily-writing practice, and part accountability. It’s a lot of parts.
The best professional advice I ever received was to always say yes to a conversation. Subjects I love to exchange ideas on:
- International education and new models of cross-cultural engagement
- International student mobility, global talent, and international alumni engagement
- The future of higher education and who’s doing it well
- Online education, MOOCs, blended-learning, and experiential learning
- The future of work as it relates to retraining and upskilling employees
- Partnering with AI or cognitive tools as part of your daily job
- Building AI/ML tools that change/will change the way we work
- Upskilling and hybrid jobs