Career Change Resources

This page is my home for the career change resources I find myself sending out to my clients. It’s not comprehensive, if there’s something you think I should add, please suggest it to Empower.Together.Consulting ( at ) Links with an * may be especially relevant to mid or late career professionals.


*Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck is my favorite book about finding the right career with a great framework and helpful exercises. This is an especially relevant book if you’re a skilled professional making a career change or if you’re not sure what you want to do.

Job List-Serves

Note that most people get their jobs through networking, but it’s helpful to know what’s out there.

* Idealist is the go-to place for job postings. You can set it up so they’ll send you jobs that match your interests.

*The New Organizing Institute’s job board is a great site for organizing jobs. More about NOI below.

* The Union Jobs Clearinghouse is a great source for union jobs and some community organizing listings.

* LinkedIn is getting really good at showing jobs linked to experience and interests in ways that other sites can’t. You should have a profile up, but can also set up emails with jobs that match your interests and use it for networking.

*Young People For has a page of career resources including a collection of job listserves where you can join to get listings of non-profit or other progressive jobs (including Jobs That Are Left and more)

* Scion Staffing is a non-profit staffing agency that has a posts a wide range of positions from Executives to temporary and consulting positions. This page has a good list of nonprofit job boards.

* The Midwest Training Academy has a great job board you have to go visit (as opposed to a listserv):

Diversifying Tech

* Black Girls Code’s vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

*Hack the Hood (Bay Area) provides technical training in high in-demand multimedia and tech skills to youth who will then apply their learning through real-world consulting projects with locally-owned businesses and non-profits. 6 weeks sprint.

*Hackbright Academy (Bay Area) Hackbright Academy offers a full-time, part-time, and weekend developer courses and workshops in San Francisco, CA. Scholarships available.

*Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. Depending on the local economy and opportunities, many careers are in information technology or financial services.

*#YesWeCode has a goal of recruiting hundreds of grassroots training programs and teaming up with major technology partners, celebrities and political leaders to promote the goal of training 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become high-level computer programmers. They have a search function that lets you find  programs near you teaching coding.

I’m Julie Roberts-Phung, a parent, longtime organizer for social justice and career and leadership coach. If you’re curious about coaching, you can book a free, no-obligation sample strategy session to ask questions and try it out.