ABOUT MINDFUL CAREER
I'm Dominic Junghänel, the founder of Mindful Career. My mission is to help people grow and to support them in overcoming challenges and reaching their goals. I believe that we grow by overcoming challenges, which is why I consider every challenge an opportunity to grow and develop.
The biggest realization that I've had in terms of my life and the challenges that I have faced - both positive and negative ones - is that we have the ability to build and develop skills to deal with challenges. That doesn’t mean we have to do it alone. I have overcome many of my challenges because I had support; from my family and friends, from colleagues and superiors - and through coaching.
Coaching has had a huge impact on my professional life, it provided me with a sense of clarity and purpose that I had been lacking.
Born and raised in Switzerland, I moved to Japan after graduating from university and have lived there for over 10 years. After working for different companies, mostly in Marketing and Communication roles, I landed a role as a Partnership Development Manager for a cross-cultural marketing agency in Tokyo. During the years that followed, I traveled extensively all over the world to negotiate and establish partnerships with clients and customers.
My work took me to such different places as Australia, Russia, Malaysia, the US, South Korea and Dubai. It allowed me to develop a deep awareness for cultural differences and to adapt and refine my communication skills.
These skills served me well when, a few years into my job, I was put in charge of a multi-cultural team with members from seven different countries. Despite my confidence in my communication skills, I had no experience in managing other people and wasn’t sure if I was able to do a good job. This was when I started working with a leadership coach that my company provided for me.
Coaching was a transformative experience for me. On the one hand, it helped me to get a different perspective on what it means to be a leader, and to work on myself to gain the skills and the confidence I needed to provide the best possible support for my team. At the same time, I also discovered my true values, got clarity on my mission and was able to establish a vision for myself. For the first time, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to accomplish professionally and how to set my focus and my energy to achieve my vision.
And that's what I help my clients discover today and why I founded Mindful Career. I’m passionate about the work I do, because I’ve experienced many of the situations my clients are in myself. I know that we are often too close to ourselves, that we have our blindspots and need someone to hold up the mirror (to use just one of the many metaphors for coaching). I also know how much courage it can take to pursue your own vision, and the self-doubts and anxiety that come with it. But most importantly, I know that with the right mindset and support, we are often capable of much more than we think.