How Your Mindset Will Attract You to Career Opportunities – EP 09


Is your mindset attracting you to career opportunities?  Today’s guest, Beth Pouska, shares how fostering a learner mindset has opened doors for her career.  She shares excellent tips on getting connected, identifying your skills, and leveraging your network.

Beth has been a military spouse for almost 15 years and served on active duty with the Air Force before getting married.  Throughout (soon-to-be) 6 moves she has maintained a passion for working and contributing her skills to various volunteer and paid projects.  She has worked remotely for 15 years (including one contract position with the same organization for the last 11 years). Beth sees every PCS as a reminder and opportunity to evaluate her personal and professional priorities and interests. Every new assignment brings a chance to find new ways to connect with her family, volunteer, work, and build friendships.  She is currently a Content Manager for teaching families how to be safer with digital and social media technologies and is a podcast assistant for MomsUnschooled, a podcast helping moms question everything and share anything.


Things we discussed in this episode:

  • How to flex your skills 
  • Why you should include volunteer experience in your resume
  • How to identify your skills (and the ones that light you up)
  • Why you need to be open to opportunities
  • How to have a learner mindset
  • Making moves work for you
  • Signs that you are not open to opportunities
  • The benefits of making and keeping connections
  • How to leverage your network


Meet Laura:

Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 11,000 people.

As a military spouse, Laura is passionate about serving her community and founded Operation Freelance, a nonprofit organization that teaches veterans and military spouses how to become freelancers and start their own business.


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