You get a career you love once you know how to look for it.

You know you’re capable of great things. You just don’t know what those things are.

“What am I going to do?” has become a central obsession in your life, and you’ve searched for the answer in personal development books, strengths tests, and inspiring Pinterest quotes, but all this thinking, stressing, and researching has only left you more confused.

You’ve felt yourself starting to give up on the life you want, worn down by your mind-numbing job. Your confidence has taken a hit, and every day you feel a little less like yourself. And on top of that, you’re ashamed to be in this position in the first place. You’re smart; shouldn’t you have figured this out by now?

I have good news: It’s not you…it’s how you’re looking.

When it comes to finding a career you’ll love, conventional wisdom gets it wrong.

You don’t need to find your passion.
You don’t need to buckle down and “just be practical.”
You don’t need to suck it up and just be grateful for the job you have.

You DO need a process for identifying and evaluating careers based on what’s right for you.


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I’m Laura Simms, and I can teach you exactly how to discover a career you’ll love.

Six years ago, I walked away from what was once my dream career to find more meaningful work. Since then, I’ve helped hundreds of people ditch their passions (which can be fickle, fade, and fizzle) and start with purpose.

When you know how to look for a meaningful career, you can stop being paralyzed by the fear of choosing the wrong thing, use your career to support the life you want, and confidently move towards a just-right-for-you career.

You feel calm. You feel confident. You finally feel at home. Sound good?

YOUR CAREER HOMECOMING

YCH is a highly personalized, four month community program that helps you discover a career to call home­­: a career that honors who you are, challenges you to contribute in a bigger way, and supports a life rich with meaning.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CAREER HOMECOMING DIFFERENT?

IT’S HOLISTIC ­
Most career change methodologies take a very academic approach to your career, as if you can be summed up by a list of transferable skills. In Your Career Homecoming, we consider your whole person and how your career will contribute to the life you want to live.
IT’S PRACTICAL ­
Your Career Homecoming is a unicorn­-free zone. While big dreams are encouraged, fantasy is not. Only practices that lead to real­-world results make the cut.
IT’S INTEGRATIVE
Even people who have done a lot of personal development work struggle when it comes to applying their self­-awareness to their career. Your Career Homecoming bridges the gap between your self­-knowledge and a meaningful career.
  • “Your Career Homecoming was fun, reflective, and gave me a chance to evaluate each career option with my intuition AND logic­­ — something that I haven’t seen with other career coaches.”
    —ROSHNI DOMINIC

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IS THIS FOR YOU?

You belong here if…

you have a strong work ethic and deep desire to contribute to something bigger than yourself.

you’ve done some self-discovery work on your own, either through journaling, therapy, ecourses, life coaching, or personal development reading.

you’ve known for a while that your career is out of alignment with who you are and who you want to be.

you feel like your career is the missing piece to having the life you want.

you need to do something that uses your mind and your heart.

you are ready to take control of your career. 

  • “I no longer feel apologetic about working toward the life that I want. I feel more self-assured. Mostly, I feel very hopeful about the future, and confident that I’m moving in the right direction for me.”

    JOANNA NADLER

HOW IT WORKS

THE CURRICULUM
You’ll log into our elegant, members­-only site to access your materials. There are 6 modules that build upon each other, and a new one is released every other week so you have plenty of time do your coursework without pressing pause on your life. For each one, you’ll print your workbook full of reading, writing, and research exercises. (Homecomers refer to these as “the pages.”) In modules 1­-5 you’ll do a lot of “inside work” to systematically create your list of Contender careers, and in module 6 you’ll shift your focus to research and field work so you can learn what your Contenders are like off of the pages and out in the world. The program balances introspection and action so you can make thoughtful, realistic choices about your career.

PERSONALIZED MENTORING
Laura is a trained coach, has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and remembers her own career change well. She brings this unique skill-set and experience to each group coaching call where you can ask questions and get feedback specific to your particular challenges and circumstances.

THE HOMECOMING COMMUNITY
It can be tempting to isolate during a big transition like this because your friends and family don’t always get it, and you may not want to share your thoughts about your new career with naysayers and people who make uninspired choices in their own lives. In our private Facebook group, you and your fellow Homecomers will mingle with our alums so you can find support and belonging. We get you!

ONGOING ACCESS
You are a valued member of our little family for as long as this program exists. Alums are invited to work through future iterations of the program free of charge, and Laura has been known to host complimentary reunion calls so Homecomers can continue to connect and support each other long after the program is officially over.

  • “There’s nothing I’d change about Your Career Homecoming. This program is a lifeboat!”
    —MIRIAM LAWRENCE

I’LL MENTOR YOU THE WHOLE WAY

In Your Career Homecoming, you’re never alone. In addition to our generous community who will help support you, Laura will personally be there whether you need resources, spot coaching, or an encouraging word. Here are the 3 kinds of support you’ll get:

LIVE COACHING CALLS
Every other week you’ll join Laura and your fellow Homecomers for a coaching call dedicated to each module. You can ask questions, hear the progress from other Homecomers, and get personalized advice and support. There are 2 call options for each module to ensure that different time zones and schedules are accommodated.

ONLINE OFFICE HOURS
For the coaching call off weeks, Laura will hold live online office hours where you can do written check­-ins for real time support and accountability so you can stay connected, inspired, and on track.

“ASK ME ANYTIME” ACCESS
And in case your burning questions don’t conveniently present themselves at the time of coaching calls or office hours, you can ask questions at any time in the Facebook group, which means you never have to wait for answers. You’ll always get a response directly from Laura.

  • “I’m reaching out to say thank you, again. I don’t think I would’ve found my way here without your support. Sure, there’s plenty of hustle and tears and sleep deprivation ahead, but it feels good. I’m inhabiting a kind of confidence I’ve never experienced before. It feels right. And Your Career Homecoming helped me get here.”
    —BRIT HANSON

THE CURRICULUM

The Your Career Homecoming curriculum is one­-of-­a-­kind in the career space for the way it marries practical advice and your intuition.

A built-­in checks and balances system ensures that you won’t make the same mistakes you’ve made in the past or get invested in something that sounds enticing but is not actually a match for you.

Here’s what you’ll learn in each module:

MODULE 1: FOUNDATION
Lay the groundwork for long­-term success and fulfillment

This is a much-needed palate cleanser to help you dump your baggage, break life­-long patterns, and emotionally prepare for your new life and identity as someone who does meaningful work.

What you'll learn:
· The do’s and don’ts of dealing with anxiety
· Why craigslist is your worst nightmare right now
· The real difference between doubt and fear, and what to do about them
· How to stop catastrophic thinking patterns in their tracks
· How to stop selling yourself short and needlessly sacrificing time and money
· The “Oh, duh!” career­-life connection that most people miss
· Exactly who you should and shouldn’t share your new career plans with
· How to create a self­-care plan that’s fun and you will actually do

MODULE 2: WHY
Discover your personal connection to work

Why you work is the heart and soul of the curriculum and the thing that can make a lasting impact on your career for years to come. Without this vital piece, people run around in circles for years.

What you'll learn:
· Why your inherited beliefs about work are making you unnecessarily miserable
· Why “What do I want to be?” is one of the worst questions to ask yourself
· How to develop your personal sense of purpose
· The connection between service and money that successful people rely on
· How to get out of “Mother Teresa mode” and still do good in the world
· The “How did I not know that?” value that everyone else knows about you
· How creating your personal definition of legacy helps you live without regret
· How to start building your legacy now, instead of waiting until it’s too late

MODULE 3: WHAT
Own your capabilities

From your strengths to abilities to interests to personality type, you’ll learn how your talents, tendencies, and what you do apply to your career.

What you'll learn:
· Why you’ve been getting your strengths wrong this whole time
· The “LOL” test that is a sneaky predictor of your Homecoming Career
· Your abilities in 4 core areas of competence
· The “do what you’re good at” mistake most people make and how to avoid it
· The one assumption that devastates your career search
· The real truth about personality tests and what they really mean for your career

MODULE 4: HOW
How you do something matters just as much as what you do

This often overlooked piece of the puzzle can make or break your career.

What you'll learn:
· Make smart financial decisions by using your ideal income range
· The one “compensation statement” you must write down before you accept a job
· The environments that support your best work
· How to prioritize which benefits really matter to you
· Your preferred level of leadership, so you can avoid bad work situations
· If entrepreneurship is actually a good fit for you

MODULE 5: SYNTHESIS
Elegantly integrate what you’ve learned and put your Contenders to the test

It’s not enough to know all the pieces of what you want; you have to know how they fit together. Do this using your personalized set of criteria.

What you'll learn:
· The one sheet of paper that makes it all come together
· How to assess the most critical information about your Homecoming Career
· A quick trick to make sure you haven’t missed any career options
· How to create a list of top Contender careers
· My “checks and balances” system for evaluating your Contenders
· Resources to help you intuitively appraise your Contenders

MODULE 6: DECIDING
Narrow your options and choose your Homecoming Career

Get out of the pages and into the world of your Contenders with field work, research, and common sense action steps.

What you'll learn:
· The 2 possible reasons you haven’t made a decision yet (yep, just 2)
· How to eliminate and make peace with Contenders that aren’t right for you
· Why a “Working Title” might be better than a conventional job title right now
· How to choose between your Contenders using simple, intuitive tools
· My 7­-step plan to build courage and confidence
· An easy way to clearly state the basic aspects of your Homecoming Career
· The “don’t leave home without it” touchstone for your job search or new business

 

VIEW THE CALENDAR

  • “YCH builds a solid foundation ­ so you can’t argue with the outcomes! It’s based on my core values, interests and skills ­ and every option is put through a feasibility/practicality filter. So when I landed on final options, I KNEW they would make me happy, and I KNEW they were feasible. Bye bye excuses and second guessing!”
    – STEPHANIE

MEET OUR GUEST FACULTY

In addition to the core curriculum, you’ll hear interviews with our outstanding guest faculty so you can dive deeper into special topics. Each guest is an exceptional leader in their field, and you’ll love how their perspectives enrich your Homecoming experience. Welcome to a world where your crazy dreams are the norm.

  • CHRIS GUILLEBEAU on LEGACY

    NYT bestselling author of The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit

  • TARA MOHR on CALLINGS

    Expert on women’s leadership and author of Playing Big

  • RACHEL COLE on HUNGERS

    Life Coach and creator of FEAST

  • SUSANNAH CONWAY on KNOWING & SHARING YOURSELF

    Photographer, teacher, and author of This I Know

  • BETH BUELOW on INTROVERTS AT WORK

    Coach, speaker, and author of The Introvert Entrepreneur

  • MICHELLE WARD on MAKING A DECISION

    Career coach and author of The Declaration of You

  • TIFFANY HAN on MAKING IT HAPPEN

    Business coach and creator of 100 Rejection Letters

  • “I almost skipped over one of the videos because I didn’t think it applied to me. After that video I had tears streaming down my face because I resonated with everything the guest spoke about. Knowing this new information about myself will help me to choose a career that honors who I am.”
    —KELI FRIGO

BONUS:

THE QUIT KIT

While our core curriculum focuses on the discovery process of figuring out what you want to do, you’ll also get a bonus Quit Kit that will help you make a plan for how you’re going to swing your transition from where you are to where you want to be.

Whether you want to start a business, get a new job, or find a better job while you build your business or your resume, the Quit Kit will give you practical tools and an action plan to gracefully quit the job you’re in and plan for what comes next.

  • “I now have clear direction on my path, I have a plan on when to leave my day job, and I have
    the clarity and confidence to move forward in a direction that feels right to me.”
    —TANIA WOJCIECHOWSKI

A MESSAGE FROM LAURA

ABOUT LAURA

In 2009, I emerged out of an extremely challenging career crisis. After walking away from what had been a decade­-long dream career, I was determined to find work that felt meaningful and relevant now. After two years and several false starts, I began helping people find their own career homes.

My fascination with meaning and careers persists, and I feed it with continual research and experimentation. But I’ve learned the most from the Homecomers, the incredible alums of this program. They’ve shown me that a true homecoming is not just about finding a job you love; it’s about coming home to yourself. Inspired by Your Career Homecoming, alums have lost weight, fallen in love, sold homes, taken on new life adventures, and become emboldened to create the lives they deeply desire.

This is more than a career change; it’s a turning point in your life. You have the power to craft an amazing, meaningful life, and Your Career Homecoming is where you will learn that in your bones. It’s my honor to show you the way.

  • “Your Career Homecoming was valuable for the perspective I gained in this one time in my life, but its greatest value was in teaching me to orient myself and find my center. I think I will be returning to what I learned in YCH for the rest of my life. It was fantastic. It was exactly what it said it was on the tin, and it was exactly what I needed.”
    —KRISTY HARDING

A step-by-step plan
Personalized mentorship
A supportive community

Apply to join Your Career Homecoming and find a meaningful career

EARLY BIRD BONUS:

Complete your enrollment by 5pm Central on Sat, Oct 1 and get a free one-on-one session with Laura to use at any time during YCH

 

 

YOUR TUITION

Single Payment of
$1,997

5 Payments of
$399.40

2̶0̶ 19 SPOTS LEFT!

END YOUR CAREER STRUGGLE FOR GOOD

– No more second guessing
– Work that’s an extension of who you are
– Be energized by what you do
– Feel confident about your future
– Lifelong tools so you never backslide

I can’t wait to welcome you to the program, our incredible community, and your new career home.signature

  • “Your Career Homecoming helped me find my way to a home that I always had within me. It’s not that I suddenly became something; it’s that I found something within myself that I’d overlooked before. I had no idea that I truly could get paid for being me.”
    —HELEN MCLAUGHLIN

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