You want your work to make a difference, but you're lost when it comes to choosing a meaningful career.
You want to do something that allows to you contribute, uses your natural strengths, supports you financially, and lets you build the life you want. You just don’t know what that is, or what you have to offer.
You need someone who can see who you are, nurture what you're capable of, and give it to you straight.
Breathe easy, because that’s exactly what I do.
I’M LAURA SIMMS, AND MY MEANINGFUL WORK IS HELPING YOU DISCOVER YOURS.
WHY I DO IT
After struggling through my own career crisis, I knew there had to be a better way to navigate career change than assessments and career parlor games like “What would you do if the money didn’t matter?” (It does.) Armed with the major ah-ha moment that it’s less about what you do and more about why you do it, I set out to develop that way. Since 2011, I’ve been helping people find careers that feel like home through my career change program, Your Career Homecoming.
Why home? Because it's more than a job. Finding the right career feels like coming home. It's a true homecoming; a return to ease, strength, joy, confidence, contribution, and you.
You don’t have to “do what you love” in order to love what you do.
It’s less about what you do, and more about why you do it.
Your work should enable a good life, not compete with it.
You can create meaning for your own life and the world through your work.
Truly meaningful work is not selfish; it’s service.
You don't have to have a "do-gooder" career in order to do good.
The answer to the question "What should I do with my life?" is not hiding in the results of a career assessment test.
Meaningful work is available to everyone who knows how to look for it.
Curious about me?
PERSONALITY INFJ, first-born, Capricorn, early bird, cut up
MOST MEANINGFUL Cuddles with boyo, mornings with my family, nature, courageous leaders, art you can't forget, my work.
AT HOME My favorite room in our house is the screened porch that faces the woods. It feels like I’m in a treehouse, which is where I’ve wanted to live ever since watching Swiss Family Robinson as a kid. When the weather is nice, I spend my workday there.
PAST LIFE For a decade, I had a career as a professional actor. Highlights: Criminal Minds, Leverage, Castle, the 70 hour improv show, saying “yes” to my top choice grad school, performing in Italy and Romania, the letter from Aaron Sorkin, remarkable mentors, meeting my husband, the practice of art as my greatest teacher.
FAVORITE THINGS Acoustic music, novels to get lost in, coffee with vanilla creamer, nature walks, vintage shops, otter antics, Jack & Coke, time spent doing nothing with friends, big scary risks that I know are right but still make me wanna puke a little (they have always turned out well).
Laura Simms is an expert in meaningful work who challenges conventional wisdom by asking people to ditch their passions and start with purpose.
She’s the creator of Your Career Homecoming, a celebrated career change program that helps people discover the meaningful work that’s right for them. Her work has been featured by The US News & World Report, Business Insider, and Psychology Today.
Laura’s colorful career history includes a history degree, an MFA in acting, getting fired from a dream project, quitting multiple jobs (including one after the first day), teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a successful career as an actor where she worked on network television, performed in every state on the Eastern seaboard, received multiple callbacks from Cirque du Soleil, and shared a sound booth with Sandra Oh.
She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son, where she loves walking in the woods and trying to find the best whiskey cocktail in town.