Hi, I'm Hannah.
Seven years ago, after 8 years working in recruitment for global corporations, I followed my dream of becoming a career coach. I had both successes and setbacks during my career, and for many years I didn’t think I would have the courage to make the career change I eventually did.
Using the experience of overcoming my own limiting beliefs, alongside my corporate recruitment experience, I help high-potential and motivated individuals understand their strengths and personal preferences, in order to put a structured plan in place to create their ideal career.
You can read more about the highs and lows of my career below.
If you would like to know more about my professional background and experience in coaching, 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 corporate recruitment for 8 years, joining a business management 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 multinationals, 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 in 2016, 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 double post-grad qualification in executive coaching.
In 2017 – 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 help others get more from their career through my one-to-one career programmes.
The years since career changing have been full of ups and downs, and lots of learning through trial and error. I spent two years as a coach and consultant at one of the UK’s top business schools, and have been featured in The Guardian, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Grazia, and ITV News.
In 2022, I had my first book published – ‘Graduate Careers Uncovered: Tools and insights from a former recruiter to demystify your job search‘.
I have got here through stretching my comfort zone, nurturing my network, and by hiring a coach to ensure I maximise my own potential.
I am proud of what I have achieved, but still feel like an imposter sometimes!
You can find out more about my career coaching programmes here.
Take full responsibility for managing your career.
Strive for progress not perfection
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