Career query: Whose dreams are you chasing?

Picture of a dead-end road sign, as a metaphor for chasing career goals that don't fulfil you personally

Last year, I worked with a client whose story is a cautionary tale.  Finishing High School, she was thinking about her options, and exploring possible studies. She came along with her parents, who were lovely people and clearly committed to supporting their daughter. But as the career consult progressed, something wasn’t adding up. The person inRead More »

Career advice: Where do you get your juice?

Picture of a full fuel gauge, as a metaphor for feeling energised in your job and career

How’s your energy today? Did you get up this morning refreshed and ready to roll… Or did you drag yourself out of bed, dreading the day and wishing it was the weekend? By the time you leave work today, how will you feel? Will you be ‘good’ tired from a day that was, for theRead More »

Career Pitfalls: The dangers of being good

Magnifying glass over the word 'talent' in a dictionary (related to career strengths and skills)

Most of us were brought up to recognise talent and celebrate strengths. As a society, we admire those who excel in their area – the people who lead their field, whether in sport, business or the arts. So naturally, when we’re thinking about our careers, we tend to look to the things we do well. WhichRead More »

Want a great career? Stop waiting for perfect!

Picture of 3 men holding up signs awarding 10 out of 10

As someone who’s changed career several times – and who now coaches others through transitons – I know all about waiting. Waiting for clarity… waiting for certainty… waiting for courage. During my first career change, I spent a lot of time waiting… Looking back, despite the stories I told both myself and others, the waiting did notRead More »

Preparing for Interview? Know your strengths…

Delegate sticker, with "Hello, my name is: Dream Employee" on it

Most of us struggle when it comes to discussing our personal strengths. One of the questions I ask clients the most – whether I’m helping them with career choice, career change or interview preparation – is what are you naturally good at? And I’m very used to getting a blank look in response.  That’s fineRead More »