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Is It Your Job or Is It You? Defining Success and Navigating Career Transitions with Career Coach Julia Rock #056

Welcome to The Present Professional, where we explore the art of navigating career transitions with clarity and confidence. Delve into the importance of self-awareness, strategic preparation, and continuous learning to achieve success and fulfillment in your professional journey.


In this episode of The Present Professional. John and Tony engaged in a comprehensive discussion with special guest Julia Rock about career transitions. Offering valuable insights and advice for individuals seeking to make a change in their professional lives. They emphasized the significance of self-exploration, identifying transferable skills, building a personal brand, interview preparation, assessing new roles, and learning from mistakes. Their dialogue underscored the importance of self-awareness, preparation, and continuous learning in navigating successful career transitions.

Hosts Bio

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John Marshall

The Founder of Humessence, International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach (ICF-PCC), National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), co-host of The Present Professional Podcast, and experienced Yoga and meditation teacher with a highly developed business acumen. John’s ex-corporate career of nearly a decade with ExxonMobil and brief experiences with three other Fortune 100 companies enable him to combine transformational coaching practice with his global enterprise background. He has 5+ years of experience teaching Yoga and meditation and continues to teach weekly, fueling his passion for and commitment to nurturing the mind-body connection.

Tony Holmes

Tony Holmes is a leadership development and diversity professional from Houston, TX. He has managed change and scaled impact across multiple sectors as a consultant, coach, and leader. At the United Way of Greater
Houston, he designs talent programming and leads the organization’s strategy to center equity across all operations and programs. Tony is an Intellectual Contributor and Guest Facilitator for Humessence in the space of Diversity and Inclusion, and a co-host of the Present Professional Podcast. 

Julia Rock

Julia C. Rock is an employment expert and career coach who is passionate about transforming workplace dynamics to create collective success between organizations and their employees. As a senior finance and accounting leader in the oil and gas sector, Julia has personally overcome workplace burnout, disengagement, and inequality to coach and empower 1000+ employees to build meaningful careers. She has been featured in several major publications and platforms, including: Fortune, Business Insider, and xoNecole. Julia is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP). She is also a published Author, co-authoring two books focused on helping athletes achieve greatness after sports: The Six-Figure Athlete, and Athlete to Entrepreneur Vol II.


In this episode, John, Tony, and Julia explored the intricacies of career transitions, highlighting key steps and strategies for success. They stressed the importance of self-awareness, advising individuals to delve beyond job titles and roles to understand their values, strengths, and interests. Identifying transferable skills was deemed crucial, along with crafting a personal brand to effectively position oneself in the job market. Preparation for interviews, including articulating one’s value proposition and asking insightful questions, was emphasized. Moreover, they delved into the significance of assessing company culture and expectations in new roles. They advocated for setting boundaries and fostering clear communication. Ultimately, they encouraged embracing mistakes as opportunities for growth, thereby underscoring the value of a thoughtful and strategic approach to career transitions.

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