CareerCHAT members are peer graduates from the same Passion Spark Retreat. Members lead the group discussions for the purpose of providing each other caring ongoing peer support. Members listen to each other's "check-in updates," suggest networking opportunities, invite guest speakers, and more as determined by the members of each group. CareerCHT meets online via Zoom every two weeks, or more, or less, as the group members decide on a consensus basis. A group leader is chosen by members to lead 2 meetings, or more, as determined by the will of the group. Passion Spark provides guidance, especially during the set-up phase, and enables use of it's Zoom account.
Connection to Passion Spark Retreats
Passion Spark provided its graduates a good first step to long-term career satisfaction, with a process to discover or rediscover their passion. It gently guided participants to their core passions, then offers supportive experiences to connect a chosen passion to a satisfying and fulfilling career.
Career Chat Activities [suggested]
CareerCHAT is a resource that was developed to enable the ongoing support from peers from the same Passion Spark Retreat. Passion Spark provides initial guidance for set-up, as described below, and then it's up to CareerCHAT members to decide by consensus how to organize their meetings in a way that supports them, such as choosing the length of time for each meeting.
First-half of Meeting: “The go-around” [suggested]
It is suggested that each meeting begin with a “go-around” to enable each member the time to briefly update other members what’s on their mind about their future career options. The content of a member's go-around may include news since the last meeting, specific knowledge they have about a career, personal experience, current beliefs, comments, feelings related to a future career, questions, concerns, excitement, wonder, and everything else.
All members give their attention to each member as they speak for two minutes, with no interruptions. Members who do not have the floor hold back from speaking until it’s their turn. The time limit enables many/all members to speak at each meeting, one after the other, in pre-set random order.
Second-half: “Center Stage,” Invited Guest Speakers, or… [suggested]
After the go-around, the focus can go to one member who now speaks as if on “Center Stage” for several minutes about anything they've been thinking about related to their future career. A member's Center Stage is focused on their career plan and beyond a "go-around" update. Content they "share" may include opinions, ideas, and possible myths they have heard or read about their planned career. Other members can then provide feedback, agreement, expand on anything the member shared, or share alternate opinions. These kind shares are intended to provide additional thinking for the Center Stage member to consider and they move forward into the reality of choosing a new career, perhaps related or unrelated to their current career.
After the Center Stage member speaks, other members are invited to offer kind and caring feedback or questions to the Center Stage focus person, and to genuinely support the member as he/she considers the career option that was just shared. Any member may have a turn on Center Stage by adding his/her name to the end of a sign-up list. Often, the planned length of each gathering can accommodate one, two, or three Center Stage talks by members.
Club members decide to set aside this time for Center Stage(s) or, alternatively, from time to time, for invited guest speakers, or to discuss insights they gathered from their Informational Interviews, or for any related chosen purpose.