After leaving her hometown of Greensboro to study at UNC-Chapel Hill and work in Raleigh, Elizabeth returned to receive a Masters degree in counseling at UNCG. Upon graduation, Elizabeth worked at High Point University as a career advisor. 

“I loved working with students! I helped them draft cover letters, resumés and interview prep.” 

Since working at HPU, Elizabeth started her own practice, Holcombe and Illig, LLC, that offers individualized career coaching, workshops, presentations and so much more.

“Starting a practice and making a big life transition is scary for sure. The biggest thing is that it falls on you. Any things that need to be done is all you. There’s a major difference between working with a team then suddenly it just being you.” 

Even though starting a new practice can be difficult, Elizabeth has loved becoming an entrepreneur.

“I love that I get to work with a variety of different types of clients, all age ranges and different scenarios. I’ve found that my niche is young professionals.”

Elizabeth found that working at HQ has been a tremendous help since starting her own practice. 

“Working from home was difficult. Having the separation from work and home helped me get in the mindset of “being at work” and being productive. One thing about working at private practice is that you are isolated and don’t have a team. (HQ) is nice because there are people with a similar mindset and doing great things in an entrepreneurial space. You’re automatically a part of entrepreneurial community.” 

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