This week I’m stepping aside to hand over my blog post to one of my close business relationships. Jo Thurman runs a highly successful career coaching business. As you can imagine she has been super busy this last year ...
If you're looking for a career coach, talk to Jo Thurnman!
She helps people make sense of the extraordinary events of the pandemic and the impact it has had on their work and personal life. For a great many people, it has been a time to take stock and gain back control over how they spend their time. In times of stress, we re-discover that our work is as much about how we spend our time doing what we enjoy as it is about earning money.
"This is what Jo has to say!"
What do we mean by career? To use that hackneyed phrase, it's a journey. A series of job steps that sometimes obviously connect, or a pathway with twists and turns. We change our job for many reasons; relocation, boredom, a falling out, progression; sometimes a redundancy, so out of our hands. How do we get a perspective on the whole picture and make smart decisions for our career future?
Partners, family and friends can be forthright, sharing what you could and should do. Academic and first career choices can be led by these opinions, setting you on a pathway that you might spend years questioning if you can deviate from.
This input comes from their personal experience, hearsay or maybe from regrets or maybe to keep you safe. Whilst well-meaning, it doesn't make it right for you.
Sometimes what's needed is a coach to be accountable to, who will ask the difficult questions and help gather thoughts and bring perspective, clarity and importantly objectivity. Working with a specialist career coach will help you look at your whole career and tease out your value and where that fits in the world of work. You'll create a career action plan to take control, make decisions with confidence and be more opportunistic along the way,
"With your career coach alongside you for the journey!"
Jo, unsurprisingly, makes the case for an independent voice to give you confidence in your decisions along the way. Even if your experience has meant you spent this year toughing it out, now is a great time to take stock and plan your new route with someone alongside to guide your thinking.
Until next time ...
Would you like to know more?
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about your career pathway, call me on 07970 638857 and I'll put you in touch with Jo.
I help people build and maintain productive working relationships both with their work colleagues and with a wider network to win more business. I do this by combining my skills in coaching, mediation and training with my extensive experience in senior management.
What I love most about my work is when my clients get those a-ha moments because I know they have seen for themselves the way that they want to move forward. Then they will achieve their ambitions.
Helping people who are having challenges with their working relationships gives me enormous pleasure. It was my privilege when working in health care to see how people working together can make the impossible seem easy and accomplish miracles as a result.
So helping people build or restore strong relationship with their colleagues makes even the hardest work easier, alleviates distress for the individual and reduces problems for the whole organisation.
In all this work trust is an essential ingredient to winning business so most of my work comes through referrals. Referrals come through strong business relationships so it was a natural extension for me to train others in how to get consistent and predictable referrals from their network.
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