Work is what most of us do most of our waking lives. Work can be inspiring, pleasurable, an opportunity to stretch, discover and create ourselves. It holds the possibility to enrich our lives and the lives of those around us.
Unfortunately for too many of us work is a far more mundane, draining, boring and stressful experience. Work is something we do to pay the bills or because ‘we should’ in order to be seen as a success by others. But when the work we do does not satisfy the inner self the unhappiness and alienation we feel eventually leaks through affecting our families, friends and most of all ourselves eroding our optimism, confidence and creative self-expression.
The career coaching I offer is not necessarily about finding a new job. Sometimes it’s about changing the relationship we have with our work and our work environment. Sometimes it’s about changing where we work. It can be about discovering what inspires us and it can be about support and encouragement enabling us to make the changes necessary to do something that is more aligned with what is valuable and important to us.
Why Career Coaching?
The reasons you might consider career coaching:
Why work with me?
I have over 20 years experience of working with people both in private practice and in organisations (Cable & Wireless, NTL, Ernst & Young, Aviva, Edexcel to name a few) enabling people to achieve their full potential.
I know from personal experience the satisfaction and pleasure available at work as well as the dissatisfaction and stress that comes with work and work environments that bend us out of shape. I can draw on my experience of working for and with large corporates, small businesses and freelancers. For those considering self-employment - I traveled this path - in fact, it took three attempts before I was finally able to securely do the work I wanted to do – so I know the challenges and pitfalls and offer pragmatism as well as encouragement and bring a broad range of experience of making life changing changes.
Career Coaching is not therapy though just talking to a supportive and friendly other about what concerns us can feel hugely therapeutic. My approach to career coaching:
There are some great books around that you might find helpful - I recommend:
Whilst books can offer practical guidance and inspiration they cannot give an external perspective and sometimes we can be too close to our situation to see the wood for the trees! Also a book cannot challenge you, actively support and encourage you, help identify barriers and explore different options and possibilities. But saying that – they can be a very good starting point. Good Luck!
If you are interested in exploring career coaching with me please call and we can discuss what you are looking for from one session to a coaching programme depending upon what your needs are this might include face to face meeting, sessions via telephone/skype, email or a combination.
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