Life’s too short to be in a job you’re not happy in. With enough focus and attention, anyone can create a career that they love.
You don’t need to know exactly where you want to end up before you start – you just need to know that you want more and be willing to take steps to make it happen.
Who are my career coaching programmes for?
The Career Changer
The average person has over twelve different jobs in their lifetime, and it’s very rare that we start our career on the perfect career path that we want to stay on for life. A career change could mean anything from a shifting into a new job at a different company, to a complete change into a brand new industry.
There are many important elements to changing job, from developing your personal brand to widening and deepening your network. Career coaching provides structure and guidance to plan and execute a career change into a job you really want, even if you don’t know what that ideal job is just yet.
The Graduate Job Seeker
As someone who led graduate recruitment teams in the corporate world for many years, I recognise it can be a tough market for graduate job seekers at the moment. But each year, many are successful in securing graduate places in their dream company. How can you set yourself apart from the hundreds of other graduate job seekers to land the job you really want?
The first step is getting really clear on exactly what it is you’re looking for, by working out what career path will suit your skills and your strengths. More and more graduate employers are switching to a Strengths based recruitment process, and it’s been proven that graduates who have jobs that align to their skills and strengths are more likely to be successful in the long run in their role.
Using my experience of assessing and recruiting graduates into large global companies, I have helped a number of student and graduate job hunters focus their application strategy and secure a place on their ideal graduate programme. Through a combination of coaching and recruitment exercises followed by detailed and specific feedback, clients are able to develop their confidence, self-awareness and their skill set to succeed in graduate selection processes
The Aspiring Entrepreneur
Setting up your own business on the side or going freelance can feel very scary. I know, I’ve been there and for many years felt I would never take the steps to set up my own business. Looking back, I recognise that most of the challenges and barriers I faced going it alone were all in my head, and I had over-inflated many of the risks associated with it.
Career coaching can provide the structure, support and accountability you need to keep you progress. Setting up on your own is filled with lots of highs and lows, and success won’t happen overnight. I can help you focus your priorities, create a timeline, and take the specific steps required to launch your idea into the world – without the risk of giving up your day job first.
The Future Leader
After working in a professional job for a few years, it’s likely you’ll progress into a position of increased responsibility. This could mean leading a team for the first time, or simply having an increased workload and more ambitious deliverables. As someone who started managing a team early on in my career, I understand both the rewards and the challenges associated with a significant increase in responsibility.
Career coaching can help you develop the internal skills and resources you need to be an effective leader. This could include the ability to manage upwards as well as downwards, developing communication skills to enable you to have difficult conversations, and the ability to manage a high volume of urgent priorities while balancing multiple stakeholder relationships.
What can career coaching help with?
After an initial phone consultation I’ll put together a bespoke career programme tailored to your goals that can help you:
- Get clear on your career motivators, values, skills and strengths
- Develop a strong personal brand demonstrated through your CV and Linked In profile
- Learn how to network authentically and deepen your business relationships
- Succeed at recruitment exercises such as interviews
- Build confidence and assertiveness at work
- Plan and execute a career change
- Set up your own business or go freelance
Frequently Asked Questions
How is coaching different to mentoring or careers advice?
As a career coach, it’s not my job to tell you what you should do. Coaching uses questioning and feedback to raise your own self-awareness, confidence and accountability.
While I will use various tools and share insight and learning from my professional experience, the career decisions you make will come down to you.
How much do your career coaching programmes cost?
After an initial telephone consultation, I’ll put together a recommended career programme based on your specific requirements. My career programmes start from £800 (inclusive of VAT).
When and where will coaching take place?
I am available to coach during normal business hours Monday to Friday. I have some availability for early morning and evening sessions Monday to Friday, and am available on occasion to coach at weekends.
I have coaching space available at no extra cost for sessions in both east and central London, and have also conducted a number of my sessions over Skype. Coaching sessions can take place in your office, if your employer is aware and comfortable with this arrangement.
What's expected from me as a client?
Coaching works best when there is mutual honesty and respect. I will regularly check in to get your feedback on our sessions, and how much progress you feel you are making. If you aren’t getting what you want from coaching, you can share this with me and we’ll work out a solution together.
Likewise if I feel there are any challenges or obstacles to your progress that we aren’t addressing, I will share this with you and ask if you want to explore these further. You will get out of coaching what you put in to it, so I encourage you to be open-minded about coaching and the big changes you can make.
Is this just for people who know they want a complete career change?
No. Career coaching is for people who want more their career – whatever this looks like. It could be a complete career change, a new role, setting up your own business, or simply working out how you can get more from your current job.
We will invest time working out exactly what you would like to achieve from coaching. This may take a while to fully define, and will likely shift over time. Often our biggest career dreams are buried pretty deep after years of disconnecting from reaching our highest potential.
Want more from your career?
Let’s arrange a time to talk…