Career Planning

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

To me, this quote by Howard Thurman is about finding your path in life... finding the thing that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning - or what the Japanese call ikigai (pronounced Ick-ee-guy).

Helping people reconnect with their personal vision and find their reason to get up in the morning is something I love to do.  Having spent many years in the early part of my own career working as a university student adviser, I acquired a great breadth of knowledge about the avenues you can follow to enter various occupations and professions - with some requiring formal tertiary qualifications and others based on a combination of talent, aptitude or experience.

My career path has never been so clear thanks to the support and guidance provided to me by my career coach, Julie Lines. Julie has coached me through mapping out my ideas of possible career paths, based on my personality and strengths. Julie’s coaching has given me the confidence to take this step in my life. I highly recommend her to others as an exceptional career coach. [Melanie, Executive Assistant]

Choosing and Changing Career

Career coaching will help you listen to your inner-voice when choosing or changing career and can be particularly helpful when: you're feeling confused about what job or career comes next; you're frustrated or don't feel like you're achieving much in your current role; you don't think you've got any options; or you know what you want, but you need to develop an action plan to pursue your goals.

Interview Preparation

You immediately improve your chance of securing the job you want if you prepare well for the interview. Having chaired and participated as a member of interview panels for positions at all levels over the past few decades, I can work with you on interview preparation. This will normally involve practicing typical interview questions, but I can also assist you to identify targeted questions based on the job advertisement and position description. I will help you review and improve your answers, with the aim of achieving a "calm yet enthusiastic" delivery on the day of interview!

Interview Debrief

Every job interview provides an opportunity to reflect and learn, making the debrief an extremely useful part of preparing for future interviews. When you leave the interview, take time to note the questions you were asked and the answers you gave... but also make a note of anything you wish you had said. Did you present well? Did you ask the right questions? How did you feel about the interview?

Given you spend so many hours at work, it's worthwhile choosing work that's aligned with your values and developing a career that will contribute to your overall happiness and well-being. In Phil Crenigan's LinkedIn article How to avoid a career train-wreck he writes:

Clients in describing why they felt they needed professional coaching disclosed a diminishing sense of self-worth, doubt, and confidence. This in turn was feeding a drop in performance, a loss of motivation and questioning the sheer ‘point’ of it all… in all cases there had been little investment in personal development as that appeared to be something they did in an earlier career and not one client had a career plan.