Learning Consultant and Lecturer

Before we spoke, I was deeply frustrated, annoyed and puzzled as to why I wasn’t getting the roles I was applying for. It was really bringing me down.

In fact at some points I felt like applying to go back into old roles or too junior roles, or voluntary posts, just so that I’d be working. An element of desperation had begun to set in. I see now that this would have definitely been the wrong thing to do. It was right for me to stop, refocus, and continue forward knowingly. You helped me refocus so I could identify what is important to me and how to get on with it, including giving very concrete actions to take.

I felt you ‘got’ me immediately. It was like having an excellent friend who is a combined HR guru/ career advisor/ PR specialist. Now, knowing myself better has not only helped me re-adjust my career settings moving forwards, but it also helped me understand exactly why things went wrong in the past.

There was a single low point in my 20 year career which I eventually walked away from, but that experience had left me feeling like a failure. You identified that it was the organisational culture that was in divergence with my core values. This was a light bulb moment. For the first time, I understand the reasons why I couldn’t continue at that company and now have the language to articulate that episode with clarity.

I’ve accepted a new part time role in Higher Education that meets my core motivations and am hoping that this will open doors to further opportunities with them in the future.

I believe this investment in myself was money well spent and I’m not sure I would have made the decisions I have without this support.

Working with you was the singular best thing I have done this year to get my thinking about career issues on track. Not only did I get the opportunity to understand myself and my work life better, refocussing my thinking about what is important to me, crucially it helped steer me away from poorer decisions too.

On top of this (and excuse the analogy, folks), you get a friendly, thoughtful and professional individual in your corner, with a wet sponge when it doesn’t go to plan (and some fighting analysis about what to do next), and a massive cheer and bell ring when it does!