An Unbalanced Life Comes At a Price

Living life out of balance – at a frantic pace — comes with a price. Not only for those people experiencing the imbalance, but also for their friends, families and loved ones, and the companies they work for. And the schools, charities and other organisations missing out on volunteers.

Did you know that companies lose hundreds of pounds per person every year due to work place stress?  Did you know that 80% of people feel stress on the job and that stress is the number 1 health problem? Did you know that prolonged stress leads to both physical and mental symptoms? And global studies indicate that 70% of workers do not feel they have good work-life balance.

Frantic, chaotic, hectic lifestyles not only come at the cost of the joy we find in life, but also create a feeling of loss of control, while negatively impacting everyone and everything around us. And it makes us perform less well at work, making us more frantic still!

Make 2019 different and choose to move towards balance, so instead of paying the ‘price’, you can reap the ‘reward’.

What do career coaches do?

What do Career Coaches Do?

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“The word coach comes from the old English word coach, which was a vehicle, a carriage that took royalty or very important people from where they were to where they wanted to go. That’s really what a coach is. He or she tries to create a vehicle that will help get you where you are going, not where the coach wants you to go.” Tim Galwey

If you have ever wondered “what do career coaches do?” it helps to start with what any coach does. Hence the quote above.

Importantly, a career coach helps you to decide on your own career direction (rather than telling you what it should be). Coaching gives you the time and a safe space to consider your aims, aspirations and options. It is much more than a cosy chat. It will generally be structured, your thinking may be challenged, and it should lead to a commitment to taking action.

Unlike career advisers, we generally start with your values, ambitions, and only then look at your qualifications, skills and experience. We also help you apply a reality filter. Of course, if you need a job immediately (or if you want a similar job to the one you have now) these elements can be left aside.

We can help you prepare your CV – we encourage you to write and modify your own. Part of the service is to help you prepare for interview (including mock interviews) and take you through the mechanics of modern day job hunting.

We also remove blocks – whether in your mind or in skills such as presentation.

The ultimate aim is for you to develop the capacity, skills and confidence to manage your own career in the future, without having to return to us.

That’s what career coaches do! If this is of interest, email now.

Digital Education

An interesting survey emphasises the need, and indeed the demand, for digital education and training. Looking  ahead, current jobs types will disappear, and new ones will arise. One of the common factors, however, is that digital skills are likely to be necessary for all of them.

This is good news for the digitally native generations, but less so for everyone else. What is clear, however, is that digital education and training needs to reach all levels, not just graduates. Part of that responsibility lies with employers, and indeed with individuals as part of their self development.

Read the report here