Give us your “elevator pitch” (What you do, who you are, where you’re from).
I grew up in a house where the news was always on, so from a young age, I was intrigued by the happenings of the world. This inspired me to study political science in college, where I explored learning new languages and committed to the niche of national security. After college, I moved to DC without knowing a soul and landed three job offers within 6 weeks, due to some seriously committed networking (see this journey in my talk at TEDxBerkeley!). What I learned was twofold: I wasn’t meant for the bloody world of national security, but I had killer job hunting skills. I started hosting coffee groups in DC to show others how they could land job offers, figure out their purpose, and negotiate higher incomes. It was a huge success! It went from a few people to packing the local Starbucks to the brim! This was the beginning of my practice as a career coach to millennials. I knew my goal in the world would be to help others get job offers, faster, with purpose and intention.
If you could spend one day with any famous person (past or present), who would it be?
Do you feel college and post grad education is essential for success? Why or why not?
No. I think who you are is more important than what’s on your resume. While education provides an incredibly helpful tool and knowledge base, I think personality is more key. I wrote an article about this here, called “4 Reasons Why Work Experience is Overrated.”
What’s your favorite book?
When it comes to a killer beach read, I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Chbosky. However, I spend most of my time reading personal development books, and my favorite one is A New Earth by Tolle.
What causes or organizations are your passionate about?
I’m on the board of an inspiring organization called Girls Health Ed, which seeks to teach women all that’s absent in sex ed- ie. confidence, sexual identity, etc. It’s a powerful program, and I’m proud of it. I’m also affiliated with WIJABA—which stands for The World Is Just A Book Away—and I’m planning on traveling to Indonesia to volunteer in one of their orphanages. I also have spent some of my summers volunteering for Camp Ronald McDonald for Goodtimes. I love that they’re a positive and supportive refuge for children battling cancer—so rare and special. They bring so much light into their lives and it’s an honor to be a part of that.
What’s your favorite quote?
“When you’re interested, you do what’s convenient. When you’re committed you do whatever it takes.”- Assaraf
I think success is a choice, and you truly decide if you want to have it.
Describe your dream vacation.
A tropical beach, great food, great books, and my love, Jeff. I’m also a big fan of dancing!
Where do you see yourself in 25 years?
If I know where I’ll be in 25 years, I’m on someone else’s path! What I do know is I plan to be a true renaissance woman… I’ll have a prosperous coaching business with online programs and live seminars, and I’ll be taking cooking and DJ lessons. My secret (not so secret now!) dream is to eventually dabble in being a DJ, because it’s fun and interesting. Nonetheless, coaching my generation is my key passion in life and I plan to fully experience this business.
What’s currently on your radar? Tell us about your latest project.
Right now, I’m working on video blogging, which I know is a very key way to connect with my generation. I’ll be posting videos and trainings weekly to my subscribers about all topics career—job hunt, clarity, money, professionalism, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Any advice for recent college grads?
Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. At one point or another, marinating won’t serve you in finding your purpose. You have to get out there, be it through taking a job, or simply reading a book, or even networking! Limbo is a powerless place to be, and it’s key people find their path through trial and error.
Connect with Ashley:
Connect with Ashley online at: www.ashleystahl.com & on Twitter: @Ash_Stahl
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