Like many others I did not start out in life knowing what I wanted to do. I left school at the age of eighteen with my leaving certificate and a secretarial course behind me. I wanted to work in an office - that was as specific as I could be. Fortunately for me I worked for a large organisation which meant that I could transfer to different departments and taste what was on offer. The menu included a stint in human resources and although I was a lowly filing clerk it gave me exposure to the subject area and I discovered an interest in recruitment, training and development.
In London I was lucky to get an HR administrative post working for PwC and this experience copper fastened my interest in HR. Within a year I began a diploma in HRM and I truly felt that I had landed on my feet. For a number of years I absolutely loved my work but it didn’t last. It was time to change again. Although I knew my interest remained broadly the same I couldn’t figure out what that meant specifically.
The thread (longing)
To try and discover what I wanted to do I followed the thread. The thread in my case related to what I knew was true about what gives me meaning and I did some introductory courses; counselling, coaching and mentoring and I discovered that I wanted to help others reach their potential in their working lives.
My decision was largely influenced by my own experience. That year I began an MSc in Career Management & Counselling at the University of London. Later I worked in London as a Career Counsellor and for over 10 years in Cork.
Counselling & Psychotherapy Training
Shortly after returning to Ireland I decided to delve a little deeper and I began my training with the Flatstone Institute, a small organisation based in Cork. I chose them because of how they structure the training with an emphasis on experiential learning and personal development. It's how I learn best because I understanding the meaning and complexity of life issues through my own internal response rather than academic learning. The other primary focus of that training is on working from a relational perspective with clients. It was less about the tools and more about the heart!
As an Interview Coach I bring my experience from the various working roles to tease out the evidence of your experience to help you answer competency based questions in a clear, simple form.
As a CV Writer I listen and facilitate the conversation to gain an understanding of what’s important and get a sense of the person as well as career history so that I can refine and translate that information into a targeted CV.