Career change couldn’t have been further from my mind that surreal day back in early 2014, when the large corporate I was working for announced redundancy on a huge scale, pretty much wiping out much of the workforce.
If I’m honest, I was annoyed. No.…. I was absolutely furious and completely petrified about what the future might hold. I’d given 8 years of my life to the company and for the most part I’d enjoyed and appreciated it and with two young children and no family close by, I felt extremely fortunate to have a part-time position. When redundancy reared its ugly head, it threatened to change everything.
Over the coming weeks, fear of the unknown well and truly took hold with sleepless nights and constant worry; my head was spinning. Looking back though, it was a stressful but necessary step in the process. So once the madness subsided, I decided NOT to bury my head in the sand anymore but start investigating the facts behind those fears and unknowns. What opportunities were actually out there and which of them offered the work-life balance I needed?
A light bulb moment came when my manager asked “why don’t you do your coaching when you leave?” I’d been coaching within my company for many years and regularly supported people wrestling with important career decisions just like me. But could I really set up my own business? Was it too risky? Where would I start?
So many questions…. and not much closer to really knowing if this was the right decision for me. So I decided to practice what I preached. I got myself a coach. It was the best move I made. Coaching gave me the gentle prod and support I needed to develop a plan of attack; to make my coaching business a reality!
The first step was going back to University (feeling slightly miffed at my ‘mature’ student status!) to do some more studying around coaching. Now that was a challenging 18 months! Juggling the final few months of work, looking after the kids, whilst attending university and writing a stack of 5000 word assignments was no mean feat. But I loved every minute. It was huge confidence boost and helped to address any lingering credibility concerns. No regrets so far.
I launched my coaching practice in 2014, supporting people at a career crossroads just like me. It’s about helping people to reignite their confidence and to tap into all those under-used or unknown skills and strengths so they can grab new career opportunities. I see myself as someone who really listens, questions and challenges without making judgement. And my real-life experience of the issues my clients are facing adds a whole new dimension to the coaching relationship.
So redundancy was a positive turning point for me. I now have the best possible balance between work and family with the added bonus of being able to help others to get the same. No regrets.
If you’re facing a career crossroads, and would welcome an opportunity to talk through your options and get you back on the right track, please get in contact through my website. I’d love to help. Contact me about Coaching for Career Change.