Joan Runnheim Olson, M.S., ACC
Career Elective Curriculum
Joan Runnheim Olson, M.S., ACC has a passion for helping career-minded professionals gain clarity, focus, confidence, and momentum to achieve their career goals. Over a decade ago, she founded her company, Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC. Joan uses her energy, optimism, and numerous credentials to inspire others to find a job they love faster, increase success and satisfaction on the job, and advance to the next level. She also serves as a outplacement coach for CareerCurve, NextJob, and the Five O’Clock Club.
Joan has been quoted and published in numerous print and online media, including contributing to “WorkSmarts: Be a Winner on the Job” and “The Twitter Job Search Guide.” She has also authored an eBook, “Get a Job, Keep a Job, or Move Up-faster!” Joan has delivered workshops nationwide for groups up to 250 on various career-related topics.
Joan holds a Master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation and has earned several coaching certifications. She has earned the ICF Associate Certified Coach credential. She is also a Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Career Development Coach, Certified Leadership and Talent Management Coach, Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach, and Certified 360Reach Analyst.
Joan, her husband Jeff, and cat Millie live in Hudson, WI (near the Twin Cities). In her free time, she leads an active lifestyle, enjoying biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and traveling.
"Joan was my instructor in the Advanced Job Search Coaching at ILCT. She has a deep and thorough knowledge of modern job search, which is great. But what really sets Joan apart is her honesty, integrity and also her authentic kindness - with Joan you can tell she really cares about what she is doing and in truly helping. Joan is someone you want as a coach trainer or as a partner in your job search."
– Kimberly L.
"I took the Advanced Job Search Coaching class with Joan. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, only that I wanted to make sure that I could offer the best resources and current information to my clients. I expanded my reach as a coach and increased my insights into the job search/careers space as a result of the class. Joan facilitated some great discussions and mock coaching, and she is a wealth of information. I would definitely recommend this class."
– Anne Marie S.
"From blue ribbon readings, to in-class hands-on opportunities to an outstanding number of first class coaching tools that we were given, the AJSC class went beyond my expectations. Joan and Nancy were both fun and easy to work with and they were able to offer truly worthwhile tips, rather than just criticism, when evaluating our work. Before the class was over, I was already using some of the tools and information I got! Check the class out! it’s worth it!"
– John M.
"Joan Runnheim Olson was a joy to have as an instructor in ILCT's Advanced Job Search Class. She is very knowledgeable in all topics career related, shared countless resources, and provided actionable strategies to assist my work as a Career and Life Coach for Nurses. Joan is an excellent active listener whose coaching presence and powerful questions provided a solid base for learning about Career Coaching and surely for those who work with her. I highly recommend Joan as a skillful and gifted coach who partners well with others to navigate the dynamic landscape of the career world."
– Matt N.
Currently teaches in the following courses
Advanced Job Search Coaching
Coaching Students in Career Exploration and Expanding Awareness of Nontraditional Careers