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Navigating career development and the job exploration process can be overwhelming and intimidating. The Aspire team provides support, resources, and encouragement through personalized career coaching that will help prepare employees and students for career success.

Aspire provides FREE confidential services for Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society employees, interns and students enrolled in Sanford programs. These personalized sessions will guide individuals to set new professional goals, to navigate a change in career paths, or to strengthen their skills to find more fulfillment in the work they are currently performing.

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The Aspire Career Coaching Process

Why use Aspire services?

There are many reasons for requesting Aspire services; if you are here on our landing page, we can guide you to your next career opportunity. Some of our clients reach out to find their next career adventure; they feel their gifts are underutilized, need a greater challenge and want to find out what’s next. Others contact us for inspiration in their current position, if they feel stuck and less fulfilled by their work. No matter what led you to Aspire, our coaches are excited to inspire, to encourage and to walk alongside you in the next step of your career journey.

Who can benefit from Aspire services?

We can assist anyone looking for guidance in navigating their career journey: Sanford and Good Samaritan employees from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, individual contributors, managers, executives, interns and students. Coaching services are beneficial to those seeking new employment or preparing to climb the ladder, and employees who desire to gain a new perspective, to utilize their skills and to find more satisfaction in their current work. Aspire services are available whether you’re just starting your vocation, a seasoned professional or nearing retirement. Whoever you are and whatever aspects of your career you are struggling with, Aspire is just a click away with FREE and confidential coaching services.

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How do I start the career coaching process?

To help uniquely design your career coaching journey, we ask that you supply us with some basic information before meeting with a Certified Career Coach. All information provided will be kept private and confidential within Aspire. All employees, interns and students in Sanford or Good Samaritan programs must request services by completing the form below.

What technology does Aspire use during the coaching process?

As you continue your career coaching journey with Aspire, you and your coach will use Survey Monkey Apply for communication and to prepare for each individual coaching session.

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What happens after you request services?

Once you have filled out a service request form and completed the preliminary survey, your information will be forwarded to one of our Certified Professional Career Coaches. You can expect your coach to contact you within a couple days of your Survey Monkey Apply submission. You will be asked for times and dates that work well for an introductory session via ZOOM, SKYPE or phone, whichever you prefer. This first meeting will last between 45 and 60 minutes, focusing on the information you submitted on the survey, a brief overview of your employment history, major accomplishments and strengths and an explanation of the services that we offer. Ultimately, this first consultation will set the tone and direction as you and your coach establish a cadence and begin to develop a coaching partnership.

Is there a timeframe for the career coaching process?

The process, goals and objectives of future sessions will be based on your agenda and immediate needs. A coaching relationship is based on trust, and in your first meeting, we’ll discern how your coach can best help you and set up goals for the outcome of your work together. A generalized schedule for the coaching process will be established at the forefront, but we also practice flexibility as we know that your needs may change as the coaching relationship develops.

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What can I expect from the career coaching process?

How many coaching sessions and what topics will be covered is completely in your hands. We offer a full package of coaching services that can be customized just for you. Need a resume? That’s what your coaching sessions will focus on. Looking for encouragement, motivation, and accountability? We have you covered. Want to strengthen your interview skills or establish a plan of action for networking? We’ve got the resources to help. A coach is your guide, but the amount of work you put into your sessions will determine the outcomes. Coaches have a plethora of activities and challenges that can be assigned based on the information gleaned from your coaching discussions and the expectations you have established. You may be asked to respond to Career/Life purpose questions, or to do some introspective work related to your values, motivational factors, strengths and passions. These exercises will help you gain focus and determine the steps needed to reach your goals.

Does career coaching only focus on professional development?

We know that you bring your whole person and life situations to each session, and may need coaching to manage new challenges along the way. An established program and schedule help to organize the process, but adaptability is the key and each of your coaching sessions will be tailored to meet your needs.

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Are services and coaching limited to a certain period of time?

Aspire is a FREE service line that you can utilize throughout your entire Sanford/Good Samaritan career.

Can I assume services more than once?

The relationships established during coaching sessions are invaluable. As you continue your career journey, there may be setbacks, hurdles and life events that change your perspective. The line of communication is always open and your coach is only an email away. Likewise, your accomplishments, victories and wins will be cause for celebration and your coach would love to keep in touch as you grow and develop the skills you worked on together. Life is ever evolving and the goals you set at one point in your career may need to be reevaluated and refocused; who better to help than a career coach who knows you and has your best interest at heart? It is our hope and prayer that these relationships will be life-changing and will continue long after you land the job or accomplish your coaching session goals.

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The Aspire Career Coaching Process

Certified Aspire Career Coaches

The Aspire team consists of Senior Career Development Consultants who have completed the Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) program, a certification from the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC). To earn the CPCC, Aspire coaches completed a comprehensive training program that provided tools for career management and job search coaching in today’s employment market.

The Certified Professional Career Coach program by the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches is directed by Diane Hudson, a multi-credentialed, award-winning career coach, professional résumé writer, and book author. The CPCC program was designed to coach the participants, engaging them in the coaching exercises, before they coach their clients. Our Aspire coaches join the high ranks of Certified Professional Career Coaches (CPCCs) from around the globe.

LINDA HEERDE
Director of Aspire
CPCC, MA, BA, CCP & RHC-II

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LEAH FISHER
LEAD Career Development Consultant
CPCC & BS

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TAYLOR LARSON
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC, MBA & BA

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JACK WEST
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC, MS & BA

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URSULA HAGSTRAND
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC, LNHA & BFA

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RHONDA HAGLUND
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC & BFA

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BECKY SINDELAR
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC, BS & MLC

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ANNE TERESHINSKI
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC, MS & BA

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MARIE MOGENT
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC & BS

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CAROL SONNICHSEN
Senior Career Development Consultant
CPCC, MA, BA & SHRM-Veterans

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Certified Professional Career Coaches (CPCC)

Founded in January of 1990, The Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches™ is the career service industry’s longest-standing association. Today, those who display the association's logo affirm their dedication to excellence in meeting client career goals. Career Coaching is a positive, forward-thinking, active partnership. Aspire coaches utilize a proven process that guides clients to design viable career-search strategies, and conquer career goals.

Success stories of Aspire

Sienna
SUPERVISOR, TALENT ACQUISITION OPERATIONS

“My experience with the Aspire Center was very beneficial and provided a large amount of insight. Starting my first session, I was dissatisfied with my current position and was strongly considering applying for new positions. By the end of my sessions, my perspective and feelings towards my current role have done a complete 180. I learned more about my strengths, goals, and personality that reinforced the reason I chose a career path in leadership. Taylor helped me to look past the challenges I was going through and provided feedback and suggestions that helped me immensely to change my attitude. She listened to what I had to say and I could tell that she truly cared about me as an individual and my success with the company. She had me think about topics and ideas that I did not previously. She also informed me that there is a committee for recycling (one of my passions) that I have since joined that fills my bucket outside of my job requirements. Although I did not need assistance with applying for new positions, had I needed/wanted to, I know that I would have been in good hands. I am so thankful that we have the Aspire Center as an option to those who require their assistance. Wonderful program and team!”