WHY COMPASS MAVEN?
Throughout my own coaching experience, a compass has been an important symbol for me - a reminder to stay on my path and to trust the process. In fact, I have a small compass pendant necklace and a compass bracelet that I wear frequently as physical reminders to myself. The word "maven" means someone who is an expert on a subject. My expertise? Helping you figure out what makes you light up and how you can go about creating and achieving awesome goals you have for yourself.
- Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)
- Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
- B.A. in Psychology, Middlebury College
Based in Cambridge, MA. Working with clients in the Boston area and all over the country!
My name is Carolyn Birsky and I am a certified life and career coach for women in their 20s. My entire life I’ve been passionate about supporting other women and helping them to be their most badass selves. And I am proud to say that that is what I get to do every day for a living!
In the not too distant past, I myself was struggling with the direction of my career. A psychology major in college, I realized as I was about to graduate that I didn't want to be a therapist. Since people kept telling me that I had the perfect personality for sales, I decided to look into it. I figured sales would be a natural fit and in some ways it was. I crushed my quotas, my customers loved me, I made great money. In other ways, though, it wasn't. In the midst of my success, I had many nights contemplating how I could get out of going to work the next morning, lots of ugly cries in the bathroom stall throughout the work day and countless breakdowns to my parents over the phone. For over 5 years, I found myself taking one sales job after another, unable to determine if it was the product I was selling or sales in general that wasn't inspiring me. I kept telling myself that each job would be better and that the money was worth sticking it out.
One day, I was introduced to a life coach and it quite literally changed my life. I'd been seeing a therapist for a few years, but coaching was something different. Coaching was all about figuring out my core values and how I could make sure those showed up in all areas of my life. I had to face the hard fact that I wasn't living up to my full potential by slogging it through yet another sales job. This misalignment with my career and who I was deep down was causing more stress and anxiety than I'd wanted to admit.
Through working with my coach, I realized that coaching was the path I wanted to take. So I applied to coaching school and took weekend/night classes while working full-time. After receiving my certification, I got to a point where I was comfortable enough to take the plunge and do this full time. I haven't looked back since.
As a life and career coach, I help other women in their 20s navigate their paths as well. I give my clients permission to focus on their deepest desires, to stop thinking about all of the “shoulds” and really dig into what ignites their passions. We then use this knowledge to help them create the lives and careers of their dreams.
I've chosen to work with women in their 20s because I truly believe that the choices we make within this decade have a lasting impact on the rest of our lives. I want female twenty-somethings to channel their drive and set themselves up for an amazing future, while creating a fun and fulfilling present.