Charlotte Anyango Ong’ang’a
Leadership Trainer and Career Specialist
The world changes very fast. Currently, it is important to build connections in different fields. So, explore and get adventurous!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I change lives! Simply put. I help people get back to work by training Leadership skills, resume writing, preparation for job interviews, networking, Elevator pitch and job search.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I have a Ph.D. in Linguistics with many years teaching at a public university in Kenya. When I moved countries, I did not find a job at the university immediately, that’s when I thought about the many things, I could do with my Linguistics background. I began as an ESL tutor, then I decided to focus on Career Coaching and Leadership Training. My style is different, I bank a lot on my Linguistics background to analyze words as used in resumes and job interviews. I can even predict interview questions from job postings. Now I feel like to be a great Career Coach you need to study Linguistics.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I am still young and energetic, and I enjoy learning and innovations. Recently I founded an organization that gives support to immigrants. When I moved to here, I could not work for a year because I was attending to my children, I wished there were free online courses on employability skills for stay at home parents but there was none. If I knew back, then that I could do much remotely I would have worked from home. But again, working outside of home introduced me to some very wonderful people and I have learnt a lot about the work culture too.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Linguistics, the Science of Language is intriguing! Amazing how analyzing texts puts a lot of meaning to a document.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
The world changes very fast. Currently, it is important to build connections in different fields. In other words, interdisciplinary research has become key. I am a Career Specialist (one field) solving problems Linguistically (another field). So, explore and get adventurous!
INSPO / FUN FACT
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step!