Career Hungry Coaching
FOCUS YOUR PASSION FOR FOOD INTO WORK THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
FOCUS YOUR PASSION FOR FOOD INTO WORK THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
Cooking is your calling or maybe you want to save the planet by changing the way we eat. Maybe you've dreamed of opening a bakery since you were small or you want to teach others to cook healthy meals. Perhaps you long to be the next M.F.K. Fisher. Alice Waters and Michael Pollan are your idols. You've got cookbooks on your nightstand.
You've known since the get-go that you wanted to work in food, so you jumped right in and followed your passion. Maybe you even got a food-studies or culinary degree, but now, you're not quite sure what you want to do with it.
Or maybe you opted for the stable "responsible" path and went in a different direction. But now, you sit in your cubicle, stealthily browsing recipes on Pinterest, wondering if you could actually start that food truck you've been dreaming of.
And you've probably heard it a million times: "Just follow your passion and the rest will fall into place."
If only it were that simple. Contrary to popular belief, it isn't enough to follow your passion, especially in a field with as many different opportunities as food provides. Just because food is your passion, that doesn’t mean any old food job will suit you.
So how do you make it work?
Whatever your focus, if you long to put your passion for food to work and create a business that feeds your soul (and your bank account), and makes a meaningful difference to others, Career Hungry will work for you.
I help people like you find the way to turn their passion for food into fulfilling careers and meaningful businesses. With over a decade of experience in high-profile food settings like Chez Panisse and Food & Wine Magazine, plus first-rate professional coach training, and two MAs in food, culture, and communications, I created Career Hungry so I could provide you with the kind of guidance I wish I had had when I was just starting out.
The good news is that your perfect food job is out there, and if it isn't, you can create it. But, without smart planning, following your passion for food can lead you down a bumpy road (I know, I've been there).
With sensible strategy and real-time support (not rainbows and unicorns), I'll help you determine your goals, values, and strengths, so that you leave with the confidence and clarity it takes to make your food career dreams come true.
Passion, meet Planning. You two were meant for each other.
We dive deep to explore your dreams, goals, and challenges and get a handle on what makes you tick, what's been holding you back, and where you may be getting stuck along the way.
Learn why you do what you do, what matters to you, what drives you, what is most rewarding, and what impact you want to make through your work.
Discover your top strengths and determine the factors that affect your level of satisfaction at work. Understand what factors enable you to be at your best and brainstorm rewarding ways to put your passion to work.
Using your new knowledge of your WHY and HOW, you'll research and brainstorm what sorts of entrepreneurial ventures will satisfy your needs and enable you to contribute the best of what you have to offer.
With the foundations of your WHY, HOW, and WHAT all laid out, you'll be ready to set some concrete goals and get into action charting a path to where you want to go.
Is this exactly what you need?
1. First, I'll send you a comprehensive prep-workbook full of questions to jumpstart our work together so you can start organizing your thoughts from the moment you sign up. Your answers will also help me to get to know you better and prepare us for your first session.
2. We'll kick things off with a 75-minute discovery session (on the phone, Skype, or in Brooklyn, if possible) during which time we'll discuss your biggest challenges, and we'll establish goals for working together.
3. Then, we'll get to work with two 60-minute sessions per month, and email check-ins on the off weeks (on the phone, Skype, or in Brooklyn) to dig deeper, tackle challenges, and keep you moving forward. After each session, we'll establish "homework," steps you can take between sessions to keep you moving forward.
4. Throughout our work, you'll get recordings of each session to keep and reflect on, and you'll have access to me for unlimited email support between sessions.
While I don't require a minimum commitment, I recommend that coaching engagements last for at least 3 months.
I feel this yields the best, most consistent progress and satisfaction for my clients. After an initial three months, clients often continue to work with me on an ongoing basis.
Fill out the no-obligation application below.
Make sure you've scheduled a free 20-minute strategy session by heading on over to my calendar.
At the scheduled time of your session, we'll chat to make sure we’re the perfect fit before you commit.
If you decide to work with me, I'll send you an email with everything you need to do to get started!
"Knowing you want to work in food can be both a blessing and a curse. While there is now ample opportunity that extends far beyond the kitchen, there is also no set path to follow.... We're so thankful for Emily's services in helping folks navigate this growing landscape."
-Taylor Cocalis, Founder, GoodFoodJobs.com
“When I started working with Emily, I was struggling with what to do next. I was unhappy with my job and my long commute, and I wasn’t sure if I could start a private practice. Working with Emily made me realize that, even though I haven’t thought of myself as an entrepreneur, I can still start my own thing, and I began fact-finding and planning for my side-hustle, which is something I had been putting off. Emily is able to break down what is holding a person back and guide them. She helped me reframe how I thought about things. Without being condescending, she was able to untangle what I was saying and feeling and get to the root of the issue that was holding me back. Now I have a brand new job, a plan for my side-hustle, and I no longer feel overwhelmed."
-Danielle Sobieski, Registered Dietitian.
"You are absolutely WONDERFUL at what you do. At first I was a bit nervous to talk to you, because I thought you were going to just look at my resume and criticize it, but this is much different than what I expected. It's so awesome! You just work with what's already there...you're like an idea extractor! I feel so much clearer about so many things, and I actually start a new job next Monday! Thank you so much!"
-Sabrina Jennings, Blogger and Baker
"When I started working with Emily, I was struggling to get moving, and my lack of forward motion was causing me a great deal of stress and anxiety. Coaching can be a tricky balance of reflection and action, but Emily has found that balance and is truly excellent at it. She asks the type of questions that allow you to figure out what you need on your own, and she is able to keep tabs on the things that are important to you. I feel that I have achieved so much in a very little time! I’m now in a management position, I’ve been more creative in my everyday life, and I’m heading to grad school in the fall. I am much happier in my work now, and, as cheesy as it may sound, I feel much truer to myself. I couldn’t be happier that I made this investment!
“Emily listened and empathized, never failing to remind me that many of my supposed shortcomings could be reframed as strengths, and that many of my strengths lay not just in my professional accolades but in my unique personality traits–traits that differentiate me from others in my field.
Emily provided me with thoughtful assignments that allowed me to come to a variety of realizations that I could not have reached without the journey she outlined for me, and that helped to build my confidence further. Emily continues to support my growth and confidence as an expert in my niche, and I consider her ongoing help and feedback invaluable.
I highly recommend working with Emily, especially if you are a self-identified polymath who is looking to blaze a new trail and not follow a well-worn path; and if you want to work with someone who will not give you shortcuts, but instead provide you with opportunities to do your own meaningful homework in a way that will make your hard-won insights stick, long after your formal work together ends.”
-Ryan Rose Cherecwich, Educational Constultant and Curriculum Developer
“Emily has a way of listening... not just hearing but really listening... and then distilling the information down in the most helpful and articulate way to really get to the heart of the matter. I would ramble on about something, and Emily was able to pull out the really important pieces so I could work through them and not get dragged down by all the other stuff. She asked me questions that got to the heart of the matter, rather than focusing on the surface nonsense that I thought was the problem, and I left our sessions knowing what action I needed to take in order to move toward my goals. After working with her, I am way less worried, stressed out, and overwhelmed.”
"What a difference working with Emily has made! I had hit a major wall and was feeling very stuck and unmotivated to move things along with my new business. Having Emily's support and weekly accountability has been essential for me to get the ball rolling. I leave every call with a renewed sense of purpose. She has become a trusted friend and invaluable resource."
-Emily Gerger, The Cooking Habit
“I came to Emily in a state of overwhelm about my business, knowing there WAS a way out, but not being able to see it! I was struggling to get out of my own head: to find clarity amidst all the conflicting advice I’d had around creating an 'umbrella' term for my business to fall under. Through her reflective approach, she guided me through a path of questions to help really uncover what was trapped behind the weeds, so to speak.
Emily was clear and practical, but also empathized with my issues and was able to balance the listening role with suggestions and reflecting back some of the things I’d said but not noticed. Once we discussed some of the key themes Emily pointed out to me, I felt much more able to re-work my copy and answer some of the other ‘businessy’ questions I’d been struggling with, such as what my ideal client really wanted.
Thanks to her mix of questions to get me thinking, her listening, and her giving me space to consider an answer, I now feel able to classify my role with a title, and I’m better to explain my services and why I’m qualified and passionate about offering them.”
-Katy-Rose Bye, Map Your Potential