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Bump, Set, Spike! Career Lessons from the Volleyball Court

by Carol Fishman Cohen

When I arrived at my small, Southern California college, I discovered volleyball and made it onto the JV team.  As a relatively short person at 5’4”, I could not be part of the wall of blockers or the powerful spiking threat that my 6-foot teammates could. I played setter for a while, but as set strategy shifted to favor tall players too, I found my highest value was as a defender on the back line. Not only was I a scrappy player who would dive for anything that came my way, but I had an eagle eye for judging which balls were going to be out of bounds as they came hurtling toward the baseline.

My volleyball experience illustrates the kind of process job seekers, whether they have taken a career break or not, need to go through to determine their value in the work place.

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