The world is full of exciting opportunities, and yet we all have times when we are not sure how to take advantage of our opportunities and make positive changes to our lives and careers. This is where I can really help you. Working together we can explore what’s important to you in your working life, the principles by which you want to live and the steps you can take to achieve it.
Opportunities come our way at any stage of our working lives, and I work with school leavers through to the soon to be ‘retired’. We never lose our desire for fulfilment and our need for achievement but we do need to employ different strategies along the way.
Finding your career
Leaving school or university is both exciting and daunting. For years you will have been focused on getting onto the right course, learning the syllabus, finishing that dissertation and passing your exams. It’s a tried and tested path. Your first steps into employment can feel like free fall. There’s no map. Even if you know what you want to do, you may not know how to land your dream job. Have you worked out what your strengths are? Do you know how to assess whether or not a company is the right fit for you, or you for them? Does your CV show you and your achievements in the best possible light? Lots and lots of questions, yet how do you think through the answers?
I can help make sense of it all. Together we will work through your motivations and achievements, brush up your CV, develop the skills you need and set achievable goals to get you where you want to be. In recent years I have worked successfully with new and recent graduates in the areas of editorial and journalism, the Civil Service, Law, environmental science, PR, event management and Internal Communication, business management.
Developing your career
I approached my 40s and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to move from an operational role to a strategic one, I had just finished an MA and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I thought I had achieved this change myself, but looking back I now realise that it had only been possible through the wise counsel and advice from a dear friend (thank you, Rob) who had helped me think through where I was, what I wanted to do next and the skills and experience I needed to be able to do it.
We all need a career coach at times when we know it feels right to start making a change and that is where I can come in. I will help you think through your options, identify and fill skills gaps and present your experience and talents in the brightest possible light. I have recruited and worked up to CEO level across a number of industries: private, public and voluntary, and if I don’t know something first hand, I usually know someone who does.
Perfecting your career
The most successful never stop trying to improve their lives, and even advanced careers can benefit from an objective assessment and fine-tuning. Finding the confidence to make those late life career moves that represent the icing on the cake – or making the time to add elusive new skills to your CV – can make a huge difference to your motivation, to your sense of job fulfilment and to your earning potential. It’s not longer unusual to look for new opportunities in the last decade of your career. This is the time when you can capitalise on a lifetime of experience, look for new challenges or strike out on a career and lifestyle change to take you into retirement and beyond. My personal experience of changing to consultancy after a successful employed career is of great value in helping you realise your unique opportunities at this stage of the game.
If you would like help with any of the areas on this page please contact me via the form below or phone me for an exploratory chat.