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.