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Thinking About A New Career? Treat Yourself to a Life Check-up!

This year why don't you give yourself an empowering Valentine's gift by putting yourself first! You’ve heard the old saying “You can’t care for others if you don’t first care for yourself.” Have you been itching for a career change? Or, do you like where you are, but something is missing? Want to learn a new way of thinking about what’s next in your life?

Richland Library’s monthly networking and support group, Career... Encore! is offering a FREE Life Reimagined checkup to help you discover what's next. Join Sylvie Golod, Career Specialist and Life Reimagined Guide, along with Janet Hatch, Career Coach, from the Business, Careers and Research Center, as they guide you through a series of simple exercises that will help you evaluate your career and life goals. Register Here

Backed by decades of research, Life Reimagined introduces a powerful step-by-step approach to help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real. So how about it? Are you ready to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day with a gift that can sweeten up your life? It all begins with a simple checkup, without the extra calories!

JOIN US: Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Business Careers & Research, 3rd Level, Main

Register Here


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