Introducing New Responsible Careers Blogger - Mrim Boutla, PhD

Greetings Readers!

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve as a new author for the Justmeans Responsible Careers Editorial Blog!   Like many GenXers, I am under 40 and yet have had a number of careers: I am a brain scientist turned career coach turned social entrepreneur.   I am also a global citizen: half-Swiss, half-Moroccan, and married to a Brazilian - living in the Midwest truly is living in the middle for us!  I am thrilled to bring my global knowledge and my career coaching experience to make the Justmeans Responsible Careers Blog the go-to blog for students and professionals who want to (a) articulate their values and purpose, and (b) best compete for job opportunities that translate their purpose into good work.  I look forward to sharing insights, best practices and tips for you to make career moves that will enable you to emerge as socio-eco innovators who use a triple bottom line (3BL) approach to doing business. Better.

My blog posts are meant to be conversation starters.  I also look forward to reading your comments and questions, as they will enable me to make my posts as relevant as possible to you!  Sharing your comments, questions, or current obstacles is sure to be of help to all readers.  Indeed, you probably aren’t the only one facing a specific situation or having a specific question, so don’t be shy to ask!

In addition to my contributions as a blogger, my goal as a social entrepreneur is to become the go-to career coach for students and professionals who are choosing a 3BL career that successfully blends financial return with social impact and environmental responsibility.  Such careers can be found in the business world, as well as in the nonprofit sector or in the public sector.

I developed my expertise in 3BL careers through my experience as a career coach and program manager.  At the Brown University Career Center, I collaborated with Idealist.org, the Venture Consortium, and the Swearer Center for Public Service to expand the Brown Careers in the Common Good Program.  CCG aimed at increasing the visibility of 3BL careers to Brown’s liberal arts students and alumni. More recently, I collaborated with the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University to design and launch the Social Entrepreneurship Careers Program.  This program provides MBA and MPA students with information and tools to help them apply the leadership qualities and knowledge they developed during graduate school to 3BL careers across sectors.  Managing these programs at an Ivy school and at a large state school has also enabled me to successfully coach hundreds of students and professionals individually, helping them secure internships and jobs that align with their values.

As a career coach in the university system, I kept hearing from alumni and working professionals who had just been laid off or were employed in jobs that were not good fits.  They wanted more leadership training and career management help to formulate their next career move. Through these conversations, I found that being a career coach within a university limited the impact I could have as a socio-eco innovator passionate about helping other socio-eco innovators build a career that could amplify their impact.

So I decided to create my own career coaching social enterprise, PurposeU.  Purpose U aims at offering online webinars, products and coaching services that serve as catalysts to enable socio-eco innovators to (1) identify their purpose, (2) secure purpose-driven opportunities that blend financial return with social impact and environmental responsibility, and (3) successfully navigate the tradeoffs that come with any careers in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  PurposeU will offer webinars, programs and coaching services starting in May, so stay tuned for more information and for our website launch!

In combination with PurposeU, my blog posts aim at giving you current trends, as well as relevant information, tools, and insights to empower you to take control of your career, articulate your purpose, and help you navigate your career journey by securing job opportunities that align with your purpose. If the Great Recession of 2009 has taught us anything, it is that job security is truly a notion of the past.  All jobs are now temporary jobs, and as professionals, we must drive our careers as free agents, as CEOs of our own Me inc.

My ultimate goal is simple: Help you amplify your impact and accelerate your learning as you build your career as a socio-eco innovator who does Business.  Better. I look forward to receiving your questions and to addressing them in future posts!