For me, achieving optimal 'Flow' occurs when I'm actively helping my students and clients find engaging work that allows them to pursue their passions for improving the world, while meeting their own needs too.
GLENN CUNNINGHAM // IKIGAI COACH
REGION: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
I am a former Finance professional (investment banking, trading, consulting and actuarial sectors), now a full-time Career Coach. For me, achieving optimal 'Flow' occurs when I'm actively helping my students and clients find engaging work that allows them to pursue their passions for improving the world, while meeting their own needs too.
It's a real privilege to work with young people who are deeply motivated to make the world a better place. I partner with students, alumni and professionals to help them identify and refine their career goals, and create practical strategies to achieve them. I understand the trade-offs that often need to be made to pursue advanced education. As a compassionate pragmatist, I have been commended for pinpointing strengths and areas of improvement, and for tailoring effective methods for my students to achieve career success that is in harmony with their own intellectual, emotional and economic needs.
Many of my students arrive at graduate school ready for career change, but are unsure what form this will take. It can be easy to 'follow the herd' and pursue the latest 'hot' job or topic on campus. I offer a more reflective approach to career search, that is underpinned by the concept of Ikigai: Finding your own reason for being, moving your life forward in a positive direction, and keeping in mind the 7 Ikigai needs as outlined by Kamiya Mieko in her book Ikigai Ni Tsuite.
I have been fortunate to partner extensively with students both from the U.S. and from around the world. As an immigrant to the US from Ireland, I bring a global perspective to my role, and my professional experience has given me a rich appreciation of both the private & non-profit sectors.