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173: "But the unicorn in me says, why not?" Wendy Baird Packard helps transitioning service members find purpose and passion through career transitions
Episode 224th December 2023 • Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth • Jen Amos
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173: "But the unicorn in me says, why not?" Wendy Baird Packard helps transitioning service members find purpose and passion through career transitions

Have you ever experienced a setback in your career plan that made you wish you had a Plan B? The Founder and CEO of Speaking Up With Wendy Baird Packard can speak about this from personal and professional experience.

Jen Amos speaks with Wendy Baird Packard to hear about her experience as a military spouse for the last 17 years, a former employee of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), and a 2023 graduate of The Rosie Network's Service2CEO program.

She drew from her husband's experience transitioning from the military to civilian life, which was challenged with financial difficulties and instability. This motivated her to help others transition effectively. Today, Wendy works as a career counselor and coach, helping people develop career plans and overcome challenges like fear of success. Listen to Wendy's valuable insights for transitioning service members on career transitions, overcoming challenges, and balancing life responsibilities!

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