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 to anyone in a similar position to me, that feels a bit out of their depth in a given situation that they have to face (for me it was a career move, but it could be anything), considers coaching to improve their preparedness and boost their confidence.

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ALISON

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

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

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

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

>Is there anything else that you would like to add?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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