Jose I. Guzman, Ph.D., is the founder of New Shores Coaching. He helps mid- and late-career professionals and soon-to-be retirees, baby boomers, or anyone who has retired or forced to leave the workforce anywhere in the world, navigate into the “New Shores” of life. This could be retirement, a new career, a new business, or whatever comes to mind after a deserving break from full-time work.
Jose is a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner from the prestigious Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He holds a B.A. Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.Sc. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) from the College for Financial Planning.
Jose’s transition into a new chapter began in late 2015 while recovering from a bicycling accident. His employment as a career Geoscientist was in jeopardy. Over 400 thousand jobs had been lost that year as a result of the largest drop in oil prices in history. He knew that he could be in the ‘chopping block’ because his employer was getting ready for several rounds of layoffs. He used his convalescence time to reflect on his impending ‘doom’. Being always been a ‘Plan B’ person, he would normally have another job prospect in sight – just in case. But not this time – there were no ‘prospects’ as the downturn deepened.
He then decided to take inventory of his ‘dormant’ or soft skills, of his values, and of the level of satisfaction he had in various aspects of his life. The result of this exercise was clarity, hope, and enthusiasm. He realized that he had the tools and the means to begin crafting alternate plans that were completely different from his lifelong career and comfort zone. When he went back to work a few days later, he was re-energized and most importantly, unafraid of the outcome of the ongoing downturn. He survived the rounds of layoffs but continued preparing for an eventual transition. Ten months later he completed his training and certification as a Life Coach and founded New Shores Coaching.
Jose maintained his new career as a Coach while continuing to work fulltime as a Geoscientist. During this time, he also wrote his two E-Guides “The Top Five Strategies to Kickstart your Retirement” and “The Ultimate Retirement Checklist: 128 Essential Questions Every Baby Boomer Should Ask”. He was also busy providing educational material in his weekly emails.
The global oil and gas industry was hit hard again when the ‘perfect storm’ of Covid-19 engulfed the world in 2020, triggering a new wave of massive layoffs. Jose was probably the first one to raise the hand when his employer asked for volunteers to leave with a severance package. He was ready to make the full transition.