Where do you coach?
I work in the UK and internationally both in person and via Zoom. Because of Covid restrictions, I currently only work via Zoom.
What are your office hours?
I offer a flexible schedule so you can fit sessions in before school pick-up, during naptime or when kids are in bed. I am talking to clients from Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 3pm and Saturdays between 3 - 6pm. I also offer evening sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm. All times are shown in GMT.
Is there a difference between face-to-face and virtual coaching?
This is personal preference, of course, but in terms of connection, focus and results, I haven’t found it to be different. Many of my clients choose phone or virtual coaching as a way to eliminate travel time, cost and energy. It also allows you to fit our sessions around your family life and to talk from the comfort of your own home, where you might feel relaxed and your true self.
Will you help me with my CV and job applications?
I am happy to cast my eyes over your CV or applications and give you feedback during the later stages of the process. However, my expertise and the main focus of this process is to help you figure out what you want out of your career, what you bring to the table and exploring possibilities with you. This will indirectly feed into how you are presenting yourself in your CV and job applications. If you need additional expert guidance, I can point you to appropriate resources.
Will I have a job at the end of the programme?
Obviously, I cannot guarantee such an outcome. I never cease to be surprised though, at what my clients get up to once they have created a vision for themselves and doubt and ambiguity have gone. They open up to possibilities, reach out to their networks, forge new connections and create real opportunities for themselves. Some clients continue to work with me beyond the programme, where I help them with the more practical side of implementing their vision, and I have several flexible options to do so.
How much time will I need to invest?
Embarking on a career change can feel like adding another project to your plate. Inevitably, time is of the essence. How much time you invest pretty much depends on the outcome you want to achieve and how quickly you want to move forward. I recommend you reserve a minimum of 2-3 hours per week for the duration of the process. That is 1 hour for our session and then 1-2 hours for homework assignments and your own exploration.
What is the difference between a Career Coach, a Career Counsellor and a Career Advisor?
Albeit there is an overlap, there are some important distinctions:
A career coach encourages client self-discovery, allowing you to find answers for yourself. They hold the client responsible and accountable and elicit client-generated solutions and strategies. A coach is there to make sure that you identify your long-term vision and goals and then get on the right path towards achieving them. They may brainstorm career ideas together with you but will never tell you what to do.
A career counsellor takes an educational, directive approach. They provide you with industry information and advice on building your tools for acquiring a job.
A career consultant (or career advisor) serves in more of an advisory role to help their clients with a problem or situation they are facing. The consultant is not looking to help the client reach their potential, as their job is simply to help solve a specific issue.
Personally, I use a coaching approach, but I will put my consultant or advisory hat on if and when I see fit.