New Package now available: March Sadness

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March Madness has officially turned into March Sadness at Drum Associates. Let me set the scene: Carly Drum, thanks to her husband Mike, has a family that is die-hard for Villanova. Apparently, this passion for Villanova even made its way to Brian Drum, founder of Drum Associates. Allison Kolmer, a Villanova alum who lives right near campus, is an obvious Nova supporter. Then, there is myself, a Duke Basketball alum who knows there is only one shade of blue. March started off exciting amongst the four of us, with the hopes of a possible Villanova/Duke match up in The Garden. Well…that quickly changed when Villanova lost in the first round to the Wisconsin Badgers. Needless to say, 3/4 of us were devastated. But, there was one member of Drum Associates who thought that March Madness looked a bit easier for the Blue Devils, but boy was I wrong. Duke shortly fell to South Carolina in their second-round match up. With all four of us being career coaches, Drum Associates may need to think about offering a new coaching package dedicated to all the other grieving fans out there whose team lost unexpectedly early. To all of our grieving fans, visit our website www.careercoachingcorner.com and look for the package titled “March Sadness” and if you can’t find that one, please take a look at the other packages we offer ! Also, feel free to tweet at us @DrumAssociates sharing your thoughts/biggest upsets in the tournament so far! #MarchMadness or #MarchSadness

-Tricia Liston, Drum Associates

Drum Family

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Part Three of blog series by Tricia Liston discussing her path from moving on from her athletic career to a corporate career.

Drum Associates has been a family run business since it started in 1967. It was made very apparent upon joining the Drum team that this was the case. Both Brian Drum and his daughter Carly, pride themselves in being family oriented while still being successful. Over the years, they have established a company that is based on trust, strong work ethic and excellence. Brian and Carly have not only led the way by example, but surrounded themselves with a team that shares the same principles and desire to succeed through helping others. All of the people at Drum genuinely enjoy what they do and who they do it with. With so much knowledge and experience in the business world, career coaching was something the Drums do naturally. Carly, Brian and other members of Drum Associates have started a division within the company dedicated to helping coach people in their careers. This is something that all of the coaches are passionate about doing because it gives us the chance to work with individuals, build personal relationships and see real progress in their clients’ career. Being a part of helping others succeed is something that Drum Associates is very proud of.

-Tricia Liston, Drum Associates

Duke to WNBA to Drum

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Part Two of blog series by Tricia Liston discussing her path from moving on from her athletic career to a corporate career.

Once I had officially proclaimed that I was finished with basketball, I was at ease with myself and felt confident in my decision. By no means am I saying everything was easy and perfect, but, the stress and guilt were put behind me and I knew I had to find my next challenge. For me, this meant a summer off to clear my mind. Summer quickly ended and I became bored, which is a common emotion amongst athletes. I was ready to find out what I wanted to face next. After days of googling random things, I remembered an article my dad sent me during my senior year at Duke. It was about a successful business woman who loved and appreciated Division I athletes and thought that they make great hires after their athletic careers. It described a strong woman who was comfortable in a position of power and a woman who was paving her own way in the world of business. Her name was Carly Drum. I got in touch with Carly, and from that point on, she has been a mentor to me. Every conversation we had, I could hear the passion and excitement that she had for her line of work. Throughout our many conversations, she made my future seem less scary and I felt I finally had a new sense of direction. She helped me display my talents and skills effectively on my resume. She taught me how to really show and vocalize how my athletic experience has set me up for a successful future. I learned many things solely by listening to her background, experience and work ethic. These conversations with Carly gave me an insight of what it takes and how to achieve the most in my career. After forming a relationship with Carly, I was lucky enough to be able to join her team at Drum Associates.

-Tricia Liston, Drum Associates

The Question Everyone Wanted to Know

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Drum Associates’ new blog series by Tricia Liston discussing her path from moving on from her athletic career to a corporate career.

“Are you still playing basketball?” (I have played basketball my whole life, 24 years; at Duke and professionally in the WNBA as well as overseas.) In the last year, this was a question that I could not go a day without hearing. It’s a question I had heard my whole life, but it was particularly hard and confusing for me to hear it this past year. I, in my head, had decided that I was officially done playing basketball but had not moved on to another job nor had I declared this decision out loud. Looking back on it, I think it was because I was not sure how people would react. What would they say? What would they think of me? Would people close to me be angry? So, every time I heard the question, I would beat around the bush. Basketball was all I knew and I had no idea what came next. It was such a confusing time for me as it is for all other athletes who eventually move on in their lives away from their respective sports. There are so many emotions and thoughts that go through our heads. After all, we are putting something behind us that we dedicated our whole life to up until this very moment. Everyone comes to a point in their lives where they make a huge life decision or a pivotal change in their career path and it is one of the most difficult and intimidating things in life. There is no way around it but I have come to learn that the most powerful thing you can do is to be confident in yourself and your decisions and to keep moving forward.

-Tricia Liston, Drum Associates