Hi, I'm Hannah.
I left my career in corporate HR and recruitment to build a business and a career doing what I love. Now, I work as a career coach and consultant both freelance and at a top UK business school, to help other people get more from their career.
This didn’t happen overnight – and for many years I thought I would never be able to make this transition.
You can read more about the highs and lows of my journey below. If you would like to know more about my corporate background, you can view my LinkedIn profile here.
International Management, 2:1
International Study Year
Copenhagen Business School
Human Resource Management
Management & Leadership
Executive Coaching Qualification
Level 7 Certificate (advanced)
Executive Coaching & Mentoring
Life after university: Welcome to the real world
I worked in leadership positions in HR for 8 years, joining a professional services graduate programme after university, before eventually heading up graduate recruitment for a top tier City law firm. While there was a lot I liked about working for large corporates, I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. I wanted to spend my working days doing something I was really passionate about, where I was pushing myself to my full potential outside of the structure of a typical 9 – 5 office job.
This feeling wasn’t unique to me. Many of my friends left university feeling the world was their oyster, and a few years after graduating were left feeling tired, bored, and uninspired about remaining on their current career path until retirement.
I knew I wanted something different, but I felt that creating the job of my dreams was a lot easier said than done. Investing time and money into chasing career goals I couldn’t even properly articulate yet seemed naïve and sometimes a little bit misguided.
Turning 30... only 12,775 days to go until retirement!
The turning point for me was on a family holiday in the countryside the year I turned 30. It was such a fun holiday, but I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling I had that I was going back to a life that wasn’t right for me. By the last day, it was all I could think about.
Reflecting on what I wanted from my career after that trip was a long and frustrating process. Buried in the back of my mind was the idea that “someday” I might go into coaching, having really enjoyed a shorter course I’d taken a few years previously. At the time, I had been too afraid and uncertain to pursue further. I still felt a little scared, but I knew I wanted to make a change.
After a bit of procrastination, I started talking to previous contacts connected to the coaching industry, and started putting the pieces together for what I could do next. I saved up some money, immersed myself in books on personal and professional development, and eventually completed a dual qualification in executive coaching.
A little over a year after that holiday, I made the move away from the corporate world to focus on building a career and a business in coaching and consulting. Using my corporate experience in recruitment and team management, as well as my own experience of shifting my career, I now help others get more from their careers through coaching programmes.
There have been ups and downs, and lots of learning through trial and error. I’ve got here through hard work, a lot of self-reflection, and through hiring a coach myself to ensure I maximised my own potential. You can find out more about my approach to proactively creating a career you love here.
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