A reunion for past CareerWalk attendees and a chance for new folks to learn more. Brian Torkkola will present “Brain Science and the Job Seeker: How better understanding your brain can help you be more resilient during your job search (or other stressful transitions).”

More about the topic: Job search can be tremendously stressful, as you get little feedback, spend significant time applying to clunky company websites, and often have too much time alone to ruminate in your thoughts. Will you find something before your Unemployment Insurance runs out? How will you pay your COBRA insurance?
Sound familiar? Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. The job search process is an emotional rollercoaster for many.
Ever wonder why? One explanation comes from studying our brain, which makes up approximately 2% of our bodyweight yet uses 20% of the energy created per day. How you manage your brain energy during job search matters more than you know. For starters, job loss can threaten your brain’s survival needs as well as your higher-level, personal goals, which exacerbates the ups and downs.
In this presentation, we review how your brain came to be, how it works, and how chronic stress impacts brain function. Understanding some basic information about your brain function is a very powerful motivator for you to develop new resiliency habits.
Finally, we offer five resiliency strategies that can improve your brain function as well as help mitigate the ups and downs of your search.

More about the presenter: Brian Torkkola is the owner of his own job and career transition coaching practice, Brian Torkkola Consulting LLC, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mission is to empower and enable people to design and live a fulfilled life. He’s supported over 1,000 clients to successful employment outcomes as an independent coach as well as Senior Employment Counselor for HIRED these past 8 years.
Prior to HIRED, Brian Torkkola spent nearly fifteen years in Human Resource Development-related roles to develop, facilitate, implement, manage, and promote talent development initiatives within non-profit, government, and Fortune 1000 organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Olaf College and a Masters in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas. In 2017, he also became the very proud papa of a new daughter. Please ask to see pictures. She’s delightful.