Ed Hunter, PCC, MBA
Career decisions, even exciting wished-for choices, can also produce feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and isolation — like you are the only one in the world going through this. At some point, you might realize you can’t see things objectively anymore. I know. I’ve experienced what it’s like to feel unsure about your path. And it was no fun.
About twenty years ago, I went through a time where I didn’t know “what I wanted to be when I grew up”. I had a family, bills, stress, expectations… the works. I experienced a difficult time while I searched to find my footing. Fortunately, with the help of a gifted Career Coach, I was able to transition into a position that did so much more than just meet my family’s economic needs: it allowed me to explore a new interest – helping others find their purpose.
And that, it seems, was MY purpose.
I experienced first-hand, how finding an authentic career can change more than your job. It can change your life. It sure changed mine.
A Professional Career and Executive Coach
I’ve been a professional coach now for over fifteen years, and have coached over a thousand professionals.
Here’s how I got here.
As VP of Career Services at a Philadelphia area college, I gained the skills and insights that led me to open a career coaching practice. I named my practice Life in Progress because I believe we’re always evolving and making new discoveries. There’s no “one size fits all” and we never stop growing.
Prior to that, I had a rewarding 20 years in management and executive roles in business and not-for-profit organizations. I’ve worked in educational publishing, geospatial technology, and medical malpractice consulting. I also have an MBA, although, as I like to say “Not so much as it affects my judgment”.
My most rich and effective sources of wisdom is certainly my family. I’ve been married for over thirty years to my college sweetheart, and I’m ‘Dad’ to two wonderful children, now adults. They teach me, daily, what it means to love and be loved, and inspire me to be the best version of “me” I can be.
For fun, I love to go fly fishing, take a long, leisurely walk in the woods, have strong coffee in the morning, and laugh out loud to most British humor. And I’m absolutely a dog guy. My gentle and goofy hound dog, Penny, is my daily companion, and likes to greet my coaching clients whenever she’s not busy sleeping.
I’m blessed to have work, and a family, I love. I’m very grateful for those gifts.
I received my formal coaching training from COACHU, the oldest and most established coach training program in the world. I am certified by the ICF (International Coaching Federation) as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). I am also CELDC certified (Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach). I’ve been mentored by a Master coach, and I have conducted over 2,000 hours of coaching to help people discover their life’s purpose. I’m a qualified administrator (and admitted geek) of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator the Strong Interest Inventory, and the EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment.
Finally, I have one more very special professional and personal interest concerning Employment and Careers for Individuals with High Functioning Autism (HFA), including Aspergers Syndrome. Part of my practice is devoted to career coaching clients with HFA. My interest began personally.
I am the parent of a brilliant, funny adult who was diagnosed with Aspergers, graduated from college with a degree in IT, and now also has a rewarding career. I experienced his challenges in finding meaningful work, and saw how he, and others, struggled with the social demands of job-seeking. While working in college administration. I realized then that more students were coming to college diagnosed with Autism than ever before. These young people each had wonderful skills and talents. They yearned for opportunities to utilize their gifts in rewarding work. Just like everyone else.
I greatly enjoy working with adults with autism, and their families. If you know a young adult with Autism or other ‘invisible’ disability struggling to find meaningful employment, I would be happy to speak with them.
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