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While a bit younger than some of the other discussion members, I too am searching for a more fulfilling job. I am 23 years old, and I have been working at a financial-services firm for the past year. All of the internships and preparation that I have done have led me to the current role that I have, but I have recently realized (probably knew all along) that this is the wrong career for me. My creative spirit feels stifled, and I feel unenergized about the work that I do.

I was wondering if you have any suggestions for where I can go to learn more about another career that may be a better fit for me. I have had thoughts about the publishing industry (magazines) or the business side of the fashion industry, but I really don't know where to go to learn more. I have also thought about starting a small business, but I am not sure of what type of business I would like to start. Please help!

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I've read about the benefits of a career coach. While I'd like help with my career, I'm still a bit skeptical. How can I make sure I'm hiring a good one? I don't know anyone who uses one, so I can't get any personal referrals.

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My employer has offered several people in middle management the opportunity to work with a coach. While I'm excited about the possibility of having someone help me with my career and job, I'm also nervous about what a coach can do for me. I might be paranoid, but wonder if this individual will report back to my boss about me. Do you think a coach is a good idea?

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