About My Mission
to be the career disruptor® for ambitious women who are exhausted with the status quo
I’m a Vice President of Human Resources AND a Career Coach. I’m a Clemson Tiger and have earned 3 degrees from Clemson University: a Bachelors in Business Management with a minor in Psychology, MBA and Masters in Human Resource Development. I’m a Certified Master of Career Services through the National Career Development Association. I was awarded the 2018 Unsung Hero award for my community and organizational work around Inclusion and Diversity by my local Society of Human Resource Management.
But, enough of that already….AND you don’t have to be a Tiger fan or alum to gain support here.
I’m really a little bit serious and a little bit silly, but believe in enjoying life inside and outside of work.
I work hard (and really need to play harder).
I really fully embrace my nonconformity.
I really love reading books that you can physically hold, listening to music of all genres and getting up at 5am (okay, that last part isn’t true, but I’m trying).
I really have a boss that’s very controlling (in case you’re wondering, it’s my 4 year old daughter who I adore even if she’s a little “bossy” – I meant little “leader”).
I’m a faith-based leader who really sees the potential in every human being on this planet.
I really believe you can be the light and shine your light in only a way that you can to create better workplaces and a better world. And, I’m on a mission to play my part in helping ambitious women do just that by challenging the way things have always been done and turning it into something better for our daughters, sons, spouses, family, friends, colleagues, communities and ourselves.
I founded Nicole Andrews International in 2019 to serve as a career coach for ambitious women through my coaching programs, courses and events and as a speaker for organizations looking to support the inclusion and advancement of women in the workplace.
My goal is to help women do the deeper work of uncovering their unique vision and purpose, embracing their difference and disrupting limiting beliefs about what’s possible for them in the workplace and beyond.
I’m The Career Disruptor® and my coaching programs, courses and events are all built around my custom, one-of-a-kind proven D.I.S.R.U.P.T. Framework to help you with more than job searches, resumes and interviews.
Whether you love or hate your job, I want to help you create visibility and have a plan in place to manage any career disruption that comes your way proactively no matter what happens in your company, economy or the world.
We work together to create a plan to transform your career one big or small step at a time so you can spend better quality time at home with those you love while knowing you’re not sacrificing your future career impact because you’re a woman with a plan.
Becoming a mom has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences. I knew I had to challenge the status quo in my career and my mindset more than ever before to be there for her. I wanted to be a great mom and continue in my career.
BUT…it became exhausting trying to be the perfect wife, mom, employee, spiritual person and more while feeling like they were all at odds with each other. I’d been the primary breadwinner, which came with its own set of pressures. At work, I felt like I constantly had to prove myself and eventually was tired of trying to check all of the boxes to break what seemed like a concrete ceiling to move up the corporate ladder.
I didn’t want to sacrifice my family for a higher role and salary, but also didn’t want to sacrifice my career knowing that I wanted to reach my fullest potential as a professional.
Most people plan their vacations better than their careers (where they spend the majority of their time).
Yes. Most people spend more time and money planning their vacations than planning for careers and company cultures that can give them more fulfillment and freedom.
I knew I needed clarity. Even though I had a career that I loved and had worked with some great companies, I still felt a call to something more.
I invested time and money into my own development and paid for coaches and counselors to challenge and help me get clarity more quickly than I would on my own, prevent overwhelm, hold me accountable and confidently guide me through a process.
They helped me reflect and realize my experiences working with people as a senior HR professional could benefit so many people. I specifically wanted to serve ambitious women who felt like they didn’t quite belong in the traditional workplace and felt undervalued, overlooked and undersupported at times whether that was through an internal battle in their own minds or external barriers they faced at work.
My mission is now to serve those women who have hidden their differences and help them transform their difference into their tool that nobody else has and shine their light in only a way they can in and outside of the workplace.
I want to help you plan your career like a vacation. I want you to wake up every morning feeling like you’re in paradise because you love what you do and are ready to make an impact with your work. You can get up in the morning feeling energized by your work instead of drained by your work before your day even starts (or on your way to that feeling based on newfound clarity, discovery of your deeper purpose and intentional strategic planning around where you’re headed in your career).
Hiring a career coach can help with specific steps like updating your resume, prepping for an interview or salary negotiations. But it’s the underlying things that you have to work through to get the most out of your tactical actions and create a fulfilling career long-term.
If you’ve ever said:
- I feel like there’s something more for me
- I want to be my authentic self at work, but I can’t because that’ll ruin my chances of success
- If I just work harder, maybe they’ll notice me and give me the opportunity I’ve been seeking
- I don’t have the confidence to speak up at work and haven’t found my true voice
- I’m restricted at work and not having an impact
- I don’t know what to do to advance in my career
- My fears are holding me back from reaching my potential in my career
- I need a solid foundation and career strategy to level up in my career
- I don’t want to do things in my career the same way I’ve always done them
- I don’t have anyone to turn to for career advice and feel alone in my experience
- I’ll never have the experience to transition into a different career path
- This obstacle at work is keeping me up at night and I don’t know how to move forward
- I don’t know if my current career path is sustainable
- I need someone who is both challenging and supportive in my corner
- I don’t know what I’d do if I ever lost my job
- I no longer feel energized or meaning behind by work
- I lose motivation every time I set goals for my career or role at work and never see results
- I don’t even know where to start to gain clarity in my career
If you’ve ever said even one of these things, a resume or job search tactics alone won’t help.
I focus on helping my clients create a comprehensive career strategy and plan of action centered around their deeper vision and purpose to create a career and life they love not just today, but into the future as company needs evolve, careers change, and career disruptions happen. I’ll help you be more prepared if career disruptions happen. Because getting and loving a job today doesn’t make you prepared for career disruptions, doesn’t mean you won’t face challenges in your career or love that same job tomorrow.
A career coach can help with these things and more. Even if you don’t work with me, find someone who is a good fit for you and get a coach in your corner to help you focus on the future you want to create in your career.
The best players in sports have coaches, not just on their teams, but outside of their team to help them get to the next level in their game. Career coaches can do the same for your career.
This is a common question. It’s natural to ask yourself, “what if this doesn’t work out?” But, an even more powerful question is “what if this does work out?” (Hint: I just gave you a powerful coaching question to ask yourself anytime you’re making a decision).
Hey, I’m a realist and nothing in life is guaranteed. I can’t guarantee specific results (it’s actually illegal for anyone to do so), but I do have a time-based money-back guarantee for my programs and services because it’s my goal to deliver ambitious results through my coaching. I want you to be 100% satisfied with the value provided.
My job is to help you find the answers already within you, but it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon and even one mile ran is better than not starting the race at all. Sometimes it’s the investment you make in “practice” (your coaching) that pays off on the “court” in the real game (your career). That payoff may come in the short or long run, but it’ll come if you stick with it.
I’ve seen one slight shift and positive disruption in mindset, increased confidence and visibility at work, achievement of a goal or a step outside of the comfort zone to pursue a new path be life changing for my clients.
However, you need two things to see results: belief in your ability to reach your goal (once we work to identify it) and commitment to imperfect action.
Coaching only works if you do. I can’t do the work for you and my most successful clients are ready to challenge the status quo and do things differently, take consistent action on short-term goals and stay committed to their bigger vision, purpose and longer term goals. I’d love to be the guide, cheerleader and accountability partner on your career journey.
Yes, speaking is one of my greatest passions. I have signature keynote topics and custom workshops that can be tailored to the company or event.
Once completed, I’ll review and schedule a call to discuss further details to ensure the topic fits with your event or company goals. Your audience or team will walk away inspired, energized and ready to take action.
Yes, I DID love pickle juice growing up. I don’t drink it as much now, but would in a heartbeat if I can find a way to make it healthy. To be very (very) clear, I loved pickle juice with ice in it. Just say “Yum” and don’t knock it until you try it.
If you’re ready to embrace your difference and challenge the status quo in your career and life (while having some fun in the process), LET’S CHAT! Book a free 30 minute career consult by clicking here or below to see if we’re a fit to work together and which program makes sense for you.