About Vision Qwest Solutions
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Welcome to Vision Qwest Solutions’ new website.  I first launched the original website in 2006.  The tagline, as well as the name for the company was conceptualized during an amazing road trip.  With an open mind, in open air, and on open road, I came up with the name for the company, as well as a “visionary” tagline – “The journey begins with envisioning the possibilities”.  The tag line was lofty and befitting as the name for the site.  I had a specific goal in mind – to provide a myriad of strategic HR consulting services to employers and employees in the areas of performance management, recruitment support, training solutions, organizational development, and career counseling.  And although these are all areas of expertise for me, we all have to be flexible through “shifts and changes”; and sometimes, given the current environment, re-prioritize and re-focus.

For me, this meant re-focusing, staying true to self, and re-aligning my service offerings.  This is what the new site is all about; re-focusing, listening to self,  internalizing, taking a personal inventory and assessment, and truly embracing the alignment of self as I strive to continue to reach the plateau of my life purpose.  With this new site, I will still embrace the lofty goals of “envisioning the possibilities”, but with a more individualistic perspective – while still being holistic;   to understand what it means to embrace human dynamics, understand organizational cultural dynamics, and what it means to understand you  in your chosen professions;  thereby embracing the true you in the world of work and embracing concepts that allows for contributing as you were “inherently designed”.

The power of managing these circumstances enhances ones’ ability to rise above the negative and facilitate the ability to be true to self ; “nosce te ipsum”.

VQS leverages the ability to understand your career needs based on my experience in “corporate”. I am a seasoned HR professional that started from the rank and file; yep, from the ground up.   And via my path,  my story has evolved, and adds substance to my perspectives and  my understanding of what it  means to be an “employee” in the workplace today as well as being a corporate employer.

I have worked in a variety of industries – manufacturing, service industries, healthcare, and education.  Let’s delve a little deeper.  I have worked in hospitality, aviation, paper products, steel products, staffing, DOD and federal government services, administration,  as an HR professional.

Celestine McMullen Allen, Vision Qwest Solutions




Vision Qwest Solutions Blog - Futures, Dreams, & Passages

This blog feature is not about me. It is about you, your career aspirations, and where you want to go in life. I have spent a professional lifetime aspiring to understanding human dynamics in the workplace. I have spent a professional lifetime aspiring to understand organizational culture and employee engagement. I have spent a professional lifetime recruiting "great" talent for organizations that I have supported. It is important for me to keep my finger on that pulse.........and so this is how we work together. I share.....You share......As I am still aspiring to continually learn, I ask, through this blog, that we continually learn and grow together.........At the end of the day, it is all about you........
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Careers – Futures, Dreams, & Passages

????????????????????????????????????????Why this picture of eggs?  Do they represent the proverbial story of what came first – the chicken or the egg?

Or do they represent the fact that once they are cracked open, they become scrambled, fried, poached, or boiled?

(Yes, there is a story there too, as it relates to career coaching and the paths that we take.)

Or is there a suggestion of our vulnerability  or a story to be told about our chosen career paths.

For purposes of this introduction into my vision of career coaching, these eggs represent each of us individually and collectively as it relates to the world of work, our career aspirations, and what we do with our god given gifts – skills, inherent traits.  They represent the possibilities and an understanding of  our place in the world of life and work; as is the case of the un-cracked egg.  We are embryos until we reach a point of development reaching a plateau of true self fulfillment.

Consider this quote:

“We are all suited by nature for a certain type of work, and when we find that niche, hard work is not hard work at all.”  Author Unknown

I found this quote when I was in high school. It has been this quote that has shaped and molded me as my professional career began taking shape and a philosophy that I have lived by as I undertook various professional positions along my career path.  Some of you may be more fortunate, but my path is still evolving.  Actually, I prefer it that way.  This means that I am still in search of what it means to be true to me personally and professionally.

In the world of career coaching, one has to be an open book.  This starts with the person who is your coach.  If I don’t understand and can’t be objective about who I am, then I surely cannot assist you.  This is the truest understanding of nocse te ipsum – to know thy self.

One of my main goals with this outreach is to be real to my clients, readers of my blog, and myself.  One of the best ways to understand this principle is to open ones self up to the information that can be gleaned from the wealth of personality assessments and vocational interest inventories that are available.  And if the right tool is used or a combination of tools, and the appropriate evaluation of the data indicated is accurately interpreted, you truly have something to work with.  It also means delving into ones self, heart, mind, and soul to embrace this information and be open to assist you with this level of understanding.

This also means that with the right career coaching philosophy, you too can understand what it means to find your “self” as you pursue your career goals and to be open to that path.


Celestine McMullen Allen, President, Vision Qwest Solutions