057: Aryn Schlichting- Aryn from Mountain Careers believes you can have it all, a life and career in the Mountains

December 07, 2017

Show Notes

Aryn has been in HR and Recruiting for over 10 years in Vail, Colorado.  She recently launched Mountain Careers and believes you can have it all; an amazing career balanced with a mountain lifestyle. With positions from accounting to nursing Mountain Careers is the website to visit for careers in the best ski towns. If you’ve always dreamed of living in a mountain town you won’t want to miss this episode.

First Exposure to the Outdoors

My first exposure to the outdoors was probably skiing. I grew up in the Midwest in Chicago and every weekend there were programs we could sign up for to go skiing. We would take buses and go skiing about two hours outside of Chicago for the weekends.

Things we talked about

Mountain Careers

Vail workforce Center

Vail Valley

Vail Chamber of Commerce

Advice, tips

Yes the thing I talk about is for people to really think about what they want to do. Figuring out what you want to do is not easy and I think a lot of people actually move to the mountains because they don't know what to do. They love the mountains, they want to be there and the career comes second. That's okay but you know I find that at a certain point people want more meaning in their work so answering that question, what do I want to do and finding those answers is important.

I always suggest people start volunteering because that might give you different experiences and get you outside of your comfort zone. Visit Co-working spaces and show up to some of their events to learn different skills. Start networking, asking to have coffee with people who might be in a career field that you are looking to be in are some of the things that I'm recommending to people. I'll talk through their problems and I often think to myself your problem is you don't really know what you want to do. A lot of people say you know what, I don't really care what I do I just want to live in the mountains. That a common phrase phrase. A lot of times if they live in the mountains and they're looking for a career change but they don't know what what they want to do it's because there are limited opportunities. I want I say that they're limited but the more you seek them out and take those connections and show up at networking events and tell people hey I'm looking for a career and put yourself out there I think doors just start opening. We're a professional community just like the Front Range it's just it's smaller, so you just still have to show up make those things happen.

Other Outdoor Activities


Nordic Skiing

Trail Running

Best Gear Purchase under $100

Patagonia Vest

Connect with Aryn



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