From The Founder:
“Hi, I’m Sharon Olbeter. I’m a retired Air Force colonel who had a very varied career. I served about 11 years on active duty, first enlisted as a medical laboratory technician and then as a civil engineering office before I separated from the Regular Air Force. I felt terribly unhappy, which at the time I blamed on my career choice. I joined the Reserves to keep a foot in the military and earn a retirement.
What I didn’t expect was that I would fall apart when I left and spiral downward into major depression. I felt adrift like I had no connection to anything. The problem was I didn’t know who I was or what I cared about; I had never paid attention. Instead, I had spent my life reacting solely to external expectations. I hadn’t developed an internal compass that would guide me in making appropriate career choices.
I only made progress by paying attention to what interested me. Eventually I realized what I wanted. I went to graduate school and developed an interest in motivation psychology. At the same time, I volunteered to do career counseling at nonprofits, and volunteered for Reserve active duty assignments that seemed appealing. I felt like a trapeze artist figuratively – one assignment would end and another would appear. I gravitated toward people-oriented work because that’s where my passions lay and retired out of SAF/MR (Air Force Manpower and Reserve Affairs) as an O-6 at the Pentagon.”