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My Own Career Change: Leaving Work Coach Cafe

After five years of blogging about career change, job search, job interviews, and work in general, I’ve decided it’s time for my own career transition. And so this will be my last post on Work Coach Cafe … at least for the foreseeable future. Luckily, cafes are warm places where one can drop by if the urge strikes; and I’m assured by the new owner that the door is always open for me.  A nice thing.

I’d like to tell you a little about the new owner because she’s someone I know and respect greatly. And I’m very happy that she has just bought the blog that I’ve put so much time and love into. For those of you following the story, there was another owner this year who helped this blog grow and supported me throughout. The new owner, whom I’d like to tell you about, asked that I also stay on. But while I still care deeply about this blog and my dear readers – and all the wonderful people I’ve met along this journey – something is telling me it’s time to move on. And so I will honor that voice inside, which has been such an important resource throughout my life.

As I said, I’d like to tell you about the new owner because I’m such a fan, but she’s asked me to let her speak for herself. And so I shall. You’ll know soon enough. All I will say for now is that she is a respected career professional who puts her heart and soul into helping folks. And I know she will bring new blood and new ideas to a blog whose purpose has always been, and I am assured will continue to be, a place to find down-to-earth advice, comfort and solid career and job search information.

As I sit here, about to leave behind something I created and then nurtured for so many years, I am moved by what this blog has meant to me. And by how many of you have been there to support me, including all the wonderful readers who have not only offered words of advice and comfort to others, but to me too.

And so, while I am indeed sure that it’s time for me to move forward, I am not leaving without very warm memories of all of you and wishes for your own success. Please feel free to stay in touch. And please feel free to listen to that voice inside and follow your own dreams.

Comments

  1. Congratulations on ‘following your dreams,’ Ronnie Ann!

    I love the reference to your ‘voice inside’ that has ‘been such an important resource’ throughout your life. And good for you for being willing and ‘quiet’ enough to listen to that inner muse.

    I’ve so enjoyed your career cafe – it always has felt ‘safe and warm,’ while also providing pragmatic, inspiring and executable advice!

    Cheers to you for continued career success and happiness in all you do (personally and professionally!

    Jacqui

  2. Hi Ronnie!

    Thank you for your warmth and the great advice you’ve always shared with the Work Coach Cafe community! I am so pleased for, and proud of you for listening to your inner voice and choosing to honor it! It takes strength, courage, and faith to do so, and to step out to explore what’s next…you have these in abundance. I can’t wait to hear where your path will take you next!! Wherever it is, the destination will be fortunate to welcome you, your talents, and your heart.

    With all my best,

    Shahrzad

  3. Congratulations Ronnie Anne. All the very best for a new and exciting chapter in your life. What a wonderful way to start 2012!

  4. Good luck, Ronnie Anne! Will miss your great posts and words of wisdom! Wishing you the best for 2012.

  5. All the best to you in your new endeavors. Thank you for your quality site and all of your hard work. You will be missed. Hope your journey forward is fun, rewarding, and filled with happiness.

  6. Dear Ronnie,

    Just as you have been a source of clarity, support and empathy to so many readers at WCC, you have been that to me in birthing and growing The Intentional Workplace. So – thank you, very much, for your mentoring.

    In regularly reading your posts and reader comments, I have seen a authentic appreciation for the challenges job seekers face – especially in the past 3 years. It hasn’t been easy for many of your readers to persist in their job searches given today’s volatile work climate. I believe your genuine concern and desire to help others has come through in every post and response to your readers.

    Your voice and stewardship here will be missed and we all look forward to your next online incarnation!

    Wishing you a wonderful 2012!
    Louise

  7. Dear Ronnie Ann,

    I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance to get to know you! I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your honesty about the “real world”. However, all things must change and I’m happy for you to be moving on in honor of your “voice inside”. There is nothing more important than listening to that voice. Indeed, it most surely provides us with wisdom and guidance. Heed the call – and know that you have many people wishing you well on your journey.

    Kind Regards,
    Terry Del Percio

  8. Good luck Ronnie Ann! Your blog has been a fixture in my RSS feed for a few years and your advice has been helpful in several job changes during that time. I hope the quality continues with the new owner.

  9. Truly an exciting way to step into the new year – 2012. I’ve always appreciated the stories and tips that you share with us. You hit the nail on the head once again!

    Best of Luck, Ronnie!

  10. With apologies, in transferring data to a new server, some comments were lost. Here are the comments magically restored, but unfortunately all within this one comment frame:

    Denise G says:
    December 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    Best of luck on this next chapter of your adventure! As a job-seeker and a human resources development professional, I appreciate the blog on a few levels. I’m glad the blog will continue!
    Take care and thank you for your years of work on the blog!

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    Ronnie Ann says:
    December 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    Thank you Jac, Shahrzad, Karalyn, Karen, Mike, Louise, Terry, Brian, CT, and Denise for the lovely words and warm wishes! It’s kind of like a virtual farewell party.

    Some of you I know and have written to privately. Your support now and into the future is much appreciated. But I also want to thank the others who took the time to let me know what I’ve been doing typing into the vast unknown of cyberspace has been noticed and made a difference. This means a lot to me.

    Wishing you all a happy 2012. And once again, a heartfelt thanks.

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    Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers says:
    December 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm
    Good luck with all of your plans and looking forward to keeping in touch! Happy 2012!

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    Ronnie Ann says:
    December 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    Thanks, Miriam! I will most definitely let you know what I’ve been up to – once I figure it out and get a chance to be up to something. A most happy 2012 to you!

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    Lauriana Zukowski says:
    December 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    Wow, Ronnie! Congratulations!! These are very exciting times. Please keep in touch and let us know what you decide to move forward with. Here’s to a happy, healthy, productive and fruitful 2012!

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    Ronnie Ann says:
    December 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm
    Nice of you to drop by, Lauriana. Thank you so much! Wishing you all good things in the new year and beyond!
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  11. Exciting times for you, Ronnie Ann! Here’s sending you all the wishes for a spectacular 2012 — may it be full of dreams that are fulfilled :)

  12. Ronnie Ann says:

    Thanks, Melissa! I’ve enjoyed getting to know your tweets and cheerful, encouraging attitude. I really appreciate your good wishes. Have a great 2012!

  13. Dear Ronnie Ann,

    There are many career blogs but there is only one Work Coach Cafe. In one of your kidding moods, you might tell me this is a statement of simple math but I think you know it means and has meant much more to you and many others besides.

    The WCC blog, this website and everything that has been learned and shared here is the greatest testimony I can think of to your skill, dedication and heart in and around the subject of people, their work and careers. And what a subject to tackle! Work & careers remains the most complex puzzle I have ever encountered, apart from a brief trip off the grid in Manhattan a few years ago ;)

    Whatever direction you choose to go, know that your knapsack for the journey is full of wit, warmth, experience and achievement from your days as host here. I for one can think of no better provision for your best & brightest future.

    With my thanks, love & sincere best wishes,

    Your friend

    Paul

  14. Thank you, Ronnie Ann, for your wonderful and very helpful blog posts. Best wishes.

  15. Thank you, Ronnie Ann, for creating this wonderful blog and helping all these people with your wit and wisdom the past 5 years! You ARE missed, but I know you are enjoying your new life.

    Very best wishes!
    Susan

  16. Ronnie Ann –

    Variety is the spice of life, as they say. Good luck in your new project.

    The longest I ever worked in one location was 2 years and 4 months -and that only happened once.
    So, I ‘get it’ when someone feels they want to try something new.

    Good luck to you.

  17. Susan P. Joyce says:

    Check out Ronnie Ann’s new blog – http://CareerNook.com

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