Meet Amy Berenson from Compass Coaching
Some insight into what Amy is like . . .
Interview by Discover Marblehead
Tell us about your business. I started Compass Coaching to help adults in career transition. With a Life Coach Certification and 25 years in Human Resources, my goal is to empower professionals to create the work of their dreams. I have three specialties: new graduates, people reassessing corporate, and retirees. Incredible things happen if you work with a coach to clarify your priorities and take action.
I work with people all over the United States, Canada, and Europe, and if someone lives in or around Marblehead, we meet at my office. The first step is to meet with me for a complimentary session – this is a great way to try out the process and there is no pressure. As a coach, I’ve helped clients to:
- Leave their job and start more fulfilling work
- Get a much better first job out of school than they expected
- Find fulfillment and purpose in their retirement
- Move to a superior job and improve the quality of their lives
- Create new businesses after leaving corporate
In essence, my clients have a true north in their work. I just help them find it and empower them to achieve it.
What made you decide to start your business? On a cold, rainy day in late November, the last employee walked out of the Boston-based tech start-up I was working in. I was now laying off the employees I had helped recruit and hire as HR Director. Things had gone south; little did I realize at the time that it would lead me to my True North.
Fast forward -–I knew I was qualified for many HR positions but not one of them interested me. So I wrote a viscerally honest job description for the perfect job for me.
A few weeks later, a friend asked me three simple questions about my recent job . . .
What energized me? What did I miss the most? What was I most proud of?
I told him I had loved the times I helped employees discover their strengths, craft their successes, and take their best course of action. Turned out, this friend was a life coach (a profession I knew little about at the time), and he recommended I look into becoming a coach.
After much research, I chose to become certified with Co-Active Training Institute, one of the most highly respected coach training companies in the world. Through the process, I discovered what coaching really is: a solution to the kind of uncertainty we all experience in high school, college and beyond (What is “it” I want to do with my life?). I am inspired to help people find their way and my life has never been the same. I knew I had found my “it.”
Oh, and that job description I’d written? It perfectly described a life coach! Huh! I am grateful everyday I’ve found my calling and feel honored to help others find the same.
What do you love most about Marblehead? Location! Location! Location! I grew up on the Connecticut coast–sailing, swimming and enjoying the ocean. I love the water-oriented vibe, the relaxed attitude and the proximity to Boston. This historic and quaint peninsula with a history of fishing, the harbor and even the nearby train (I can hear the whistle from home) all remind me of my home town, Stonington CT. I also love the peace and quiet of the early mornings and evenings and the kind spirit of so many.
What hobbies and interests do you have? Well, I live on a sailboat in the summer (well, as often as possible), and you’ll find me gardening, biking, and walking too. Summer is my favorite season, but I do enjoy the beauty and quiet of fresh fallen snow (though a white sand beach in the Caribbean is far superior). A good book, interesting lectures at the Marblehead Historical Society, indoor badminton and meeting new people in coffee shops around town are also fun endeavors.
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