Jose I. Guzman, Ph.D., is the founder of New Shores Coaching. He helps soon-to-be retirees, baby boomers, or anyone who has retired or forced to leave the work force anywhere in the world, navigate the transition into the “New Shores” of life – whether it be retirement, a new career, a new business, or whatever comes to mind after a deserving break from full-time work.
In addition to being 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), Jose 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.
An “Imported” Baby Boomer
I was born into the so-called baby boomer generation (1946-1964) in a culture that does not hold or recognize such a definition because a “baby boom” never existed. This provided me with a different and broader perspective on how one should approach retirement, one that many baby boomers in the United States do not quite understand: we cannot depend on policy makers, geographical boundaries, or economic conditions. We have to be our own advocates and focus only on those aspects of retirement that we can control.
Always a “Plan B”
Curiosity, imagination, exploration, attention to details, assembling a few loose pieces together, and deeply questioning the data and knowledge that the Earth allows us to gather. These words or sentences describe my almost 40 years of successful and rewarding career as a Geologist in the Oil and Gas industry.
Despite my passion for the Earth Sciences, the one constant factor has always been my readiness to transition into something new. This natural curiosity and non-conformism helped me to always have a “Plan B”, whether unknowingly or by design. The drive to entrepreneurship has always been present, and at various times I had limited success as an independent consultant.
A Forced Transition = New Opportunities and Reinvention
Political instability drove me out of the country and job I loved. I lost my pension and retirement funds. I migrated with my family to the United States where the doors to new opportunities swung wide open. This is one of the most difficult and painful transitions a family can go through. Yet, I was ready. I had my Plan B.
Out of this need to remain in control of my future retirement, I sought to reimagine or reinvent myself in case the industry that had always provided me with a stable income no longer needed my services. I knew that connecting with people at a deeper and more intuitive level always provided me with a profound sense of peace and satisfaction. This is how I discovered life coaching and earned the accreditations and experience needed to navigate my own transition into a new and rewarding career.