Career Coaching Testimonials

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Ruth

Can you remember where you were at or how you felt before we started working together?

After 17 years with the same large IT organisation, moving from technical to non-technical roles, I had no idea what I had to offer other organisations, or how to find out. My last job was advertised in a trade magazine, and I wrote them a letter to apply, so I had no experience of job-hunting with online resources. I was nervous, and lacked confidence, and assumed I would have to take a pay cut to secure any new role.

What worked best for you in the sessions? What did you take-away from the sessions?

There were two aspects that worked well for me – firstly, the practical side of things. How recruitment worked in this day and age, advice on interview techniques, how to sell myself well to hiring organisations. Secondly, Fiona worked with me on my confidence. After so long in a relentlessly negative working environment, I was very self-critical, and had a tendency to focus on my weaknesses and negatives, and Fiona worked with me to identify and promote my strengths and experience. It is a technique that I took with me to my new role, when working with my direct reports – focus on their strengths and achievements, and how they might strengthen themselves further – with really positive results.

What is better for you because of the work that we did together?

When I was looking for a new role, I had one organisation in mind that was my first choice, and I managed to secure a new role there. It wasn’t a like-for-like role that I moved to, so I had to persuade them of the strength of my transferable skills, something I don’t think I could have done without my coaching with Fiona.

What did you discover about yourself? And how do you feel about coaching now?

I discovered that I can get a new job if I want one. That may seem obvious now, but it wasn’t obvious to me back then. In fact, I am now ready for my next move, and feel a lot more confident about this than I was last time. That said, I will definitely be speaking to Fiona for a refresher and a boost before submitting any applications. And I definitely won’t be looking for a pay cut.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would recommend career coaching to anyone in a similar position to me, that feels a bit out of their depth in a given situation, to improve their preparedness and boost their confidence.

Ruth

Fiona worked with me on my confidence. After so long in a relentlessly negative working environment, I was very self-critical, and had a tendency to focus on my weaknesses and negatives, and Fiona worked with me to identify and promote my strengths and experience.

– Ruth

Alison

Can you remember where you were at or how you felt before we started working together?

Before we started working together I felt panicked about my work situation. I knew I had to make a change but I didn’t really know where to start which left me frozen and fearful.

What worked best for you in the sessions? What did you take-away from the sessions?

The sessions allowed me to explore the positives in my situation. It was empowering to separate myself from my current role at work and assess my strengths and  skills. This led me to open my mind to the possibilities for the future. I took away a feeling of optimism and I felt energised rather than scared about making changes.

What is better for you because of the work that we did together?

I feel that the sessions gave me an opportunity to step off my hamster wheel in a safe environment. Working for the same company for 20 years, even though my role had changed several times during that period, meant that I was stuck in a rut in terms of creative thinking. I’ve been able to think about where else I could work, what else I could do, what else I WANT to do. I haven’t got all the answers yet, but there has been a shift in my attitude because of the work we did together.

What did you discover about yourself? And how do you feel about coaching now?

I discovered that I try to hide from difficult career conversations using humour sometimes, but that if you have the conversation anyway, nothing bad actually happens – rather something good happens, because if you face up to your fears, you reduce them. I feel that coaching is a structured way of helping you make changes in your career. I’m surprised how it helped me gain a new perspective on an old situation.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Fiona is a calming, caring presence who helps you identify where you are and where you want to be, and crucially, equips you with the skills to get there.

Alison
“The sessions allowed me to explore the positives in my situation. It was empowering to separate myself from my current role at work and assess my strengths and skills. This led me to open my mind to the possibilities for the future. I took away a feeling of optimism and I felt energised ratherthan scared about making changes.”

– Alison

Donna

Can you remember where you were at or how you felt before we started working together?

I feel I was at a bit of a crossroads for my work life. I had had a varied but successful marketing career but felt I needed to get more from my work than just money. I just didn’t have the confidence or drive to do something about it. I was unhappy in a role and frantically applying for everything and anything but not really getting excited about the opportunities that were presented to me.

What worked best for you in the sessions? What did you take-away from the sessions?

The sessions with Fiona really made me stop, reflect and explore what I needed from my work life in a safe and encouraging environment – something which is very difficult to do with family or friends. Fiona helped me look at my strengths and weaknesses and most importantly what I enjoyed about working.

What is better for you because of the work that we did together?

I am now in a role which fulfils me on so many levels and I believe the coaching had a huge contribution in helping me achieve this. The sessions with Fiona gave me a new found confidence to truly feel I can do this and more importantly I want to do this!

What did you discover about yourself? And how do you feel about coaching now?

I discovered how important it is to really stop and think about what it is you need and want from your work life because as much as work and life are very different, they are also very interconnected and you need to be happy in both. Career coaching was something I had never considered. I am so grateful I did and would highly recommend contacting Fiona for an initial conversation – you never know where it might take you!

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Fiona makes you feel at ease straight away. She has the unique ability to bring calmness to the situation, creating a safe space where you can have open and honest discussions about you and your direction of travel whilst giving you the skills and confidence along the way to succeed.

Donna
I am now in a role which fulfils me on so many levels and I believe the coaching had a huge contribution in helping me achieve this. The sessions with Fiona gave me a new found confidence to truly feel I can do this and more importantly I want to do this!

– Donna

Guy

Can you remember where you were at or how you felt before we started working together?

I felt unsure if I was following the right path. I had chosen to pursue a completely new path in my career after a lot of careful thought and idea development. However, having spent long periods working on my own on this project, I was questioning whether I was going in the right direction. I was also frustrated with the way I was working which didn’t seem to be giving me the satisfaction I had sought in making a change in the first place.

What worked best for you in the sessions? What did you take-away from the sessions?

Fiona listened extremely well in the sessions. She asked questions that got to the heart of issues and gently guided the conversation to extract the key themes going on in my world. Secondly, Fiona’s advice on how to structure my time effectively to support more balanced energy and motivation has been very helpful. Finally, Fiona helped me to re-frame the story I tell myself and others about this new stage of my career.

What is better for you because of the work that we did together?

The image I have of my career now has improved. I have also taken charge of the mix of work I am doing to balance energy and enjoyment and still get lots done!

What did you discover about yourself?

I see myself as a much more focused and determined than I had previously and I am confident about which strengths I am using to develop my business and where I can bring in the strengths of others to complement my own.

And how do you feel about coaching now?

I believe coaching is very important and I will definitely continue to have some coaching going forward. It is so useful to hold constructive, thoughtful conversations with a non-family member/friend; it provides you with objective support and accountability for professional goals, particularly when you are developing new projects and ideas.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Having found the sessions extremely beneficial, I wish I had started them earlier when I was doing a lot of self-analysis and reading the Designing Your Life book!

Guy
The image I have of my career now has improved. I have also taken charge of the mix of work I am doing to balance energy and enjoyment and still get lots done!

– Guy

Aly

Can you remember where you were at or how you felt before we started working together?

I felt anxious about the next transition in my career. I doubted whether I was being logical about what I should do next. I had tried to consult myself and do various mapping activities but it’s hard to do that alone.

What worked best for you in the sessions? What did you take-away from the sessions?

Having someone else playback to me the common patterns of what is going on in my career in terms of the barriers, successes and opportunities provided welcome perspective. The combination of working together and self-guided introspection through a framework was very powerful.

What is better for you because of the work that we did together?

I now have a structure for how to pitch myself and talk about what I’m most passionate about which is a very helpful step towards boosting my confidence in high stress scenarios. Also, having a roadmap of different options has given me the confidence in whatever happens, because I know what to do and what resources I need to leverage.

What did you discover about yourself?

I’ve accomplished more than I give myself credit for and that I have a lot to offer organisations working in my sector. I found out what matters to me at the core of my being, within my job and personal life.

And how do you feel about coaching now?

To be honest, I used to think coaching wasn’t for me and I believed that I could apply consulting techniques to myself. Turns out that doesn’t work and leaves you running in circles. Having someone to talk through ideas and aspirations is more than just someone guiding you through a few exercises; it’s having someone questioning and challenging you to dig deep. Fiona invests in you and your success and this is much more than a transaction. It is about human connection and personal discovery.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

You do need to dedicate time to reflect and complete the exercises but if you are prepared to do that the process is excellent.

Aly
I found out what matters to me at the core of my being, within my job and personal life.

– Aly