Why I don’t tell clients what career to follow

Why I don’t tell clients what career to follow

“I would love to know what my biggest strengths are, what I’m great at and how to make a successful career of it.”

This is a very common request I get when I first speak to someone thinking of changing careers.  And my answer always is: “Yes, we will absolutely look at that!” 

Another one is:

“This is what I’ve done up to now, what my current role and responsibilities are and I’d like to know where to go from here as I am no longer excited about the work I’m doing.”

Knowing our biggest strengths, past work experiences and present work circumstances are all, of course, part of the puzzle we put together to look at what could be the next step in our careers.  It is all relevant and valuable, but to overcome feelings of restlessness and to satisfy the yearning to have a more exciting career, we need to know more.  We need to dig deeper.

Career change can be successful at any age

Career change can be successful at any age

"Do something you really love," she said of her best career advice. "It doesn't matter what it is: being a mom, teaching, whatever you love. If you love it, it'll get you through the hard times, and if you don't, it's not authentic or real anyway. When you love something, every day goes by in 10 minutes."

Does this sound familiar? This quote* is from the internationally renowned Vera Wang, who became an independent bridal wear designer at age 40, after 17 years as an editor at Vogue and a short stint at Ralph Lauren.

I wanted to highlight this topic because I often feel the sense of defeat and hopelessness in people I talk to who have been in the job market for a while.

Choosing a new career when you have more than one passion

Choosing a new career when you have more than one passion

Not following a single career trajectory is a topic close to my heart, as I have enjoyed learning and working as a teacher, researcher, consultant, recruiter and now life coach and Reiki practitioner. Yet, I admit that whenever I changed jobs, I would get a little bit embarrassed when I shared the news with others. I felt I was presenting myself as inconsistent or unreliable, even lacking ambition by not sticking to one single career path and aim for the most senior levels.

Is fear holding you back from a career change?

Is fear holding you back from a career change?

Being the #doworkyoulove activist I consider myself to be :-) , I give talks whenever possible to encourage people who are unhappy in their jobs to consider other options for earning a living.  Career change is a broad topic to speak about, as the circumstances will be different for each individual. In order to keep things simple, I try to address the main areas of concern for career changers, such as time, training, cost and direction, in a 45 minute presentation with Q&A at the end.

It was during one Q&A that someone raised their hand and asked: “What about the biggest obstacle to career change of all...FEAR?”

Have you been counting down the days until your OOO email?

Have you been counting down the days until your OOO email?

December has arrived. For some of us it is "Where has the year gone?" but for others it is a time of year to look forward to with much longing. It is a time where it is generally acceptable to take time off work, with the exception of some professions of course.

Not so many years ago, as Decembers started to get closer, I remember the feeling of exhaustion creeping up on me when I used to be in a job I wasn't satisfied with.

Highly sensitives and the workplace

Highly sensitives and the workplace

I am highly-sensitive.

If you’re reading this, you may be too.  Welcome!

I’m not sure how much you know about the topic of high-sensitivity. I am still learning more about it each day, but it was a huge relief to me the first time I heard this was real. It’s taken me many years to believe it is true, to accept it as one of my traits, to stop trying to change it and now to even love it.

What’s stopping you from making a career change?

What’s stopping you from making a career change?

It is often easier to stay in our current role than to make a change.  Until it isn’t. When the idea of doing the same job, or a more senior version of it, for the rest of your life fills you with dread – a word my clients use often – or you just can’t motivate yourself enough to get through a normal work day, why do we still find it hard to take a first step towards real change?