Shortly after leaving school I became a recruiter. It was an unplanned career move that lasted more than 25 years, during which I progressed from consultant to Director level, working for both bespoke agencies and worldwide brands.
In 2006 I went freelance, supporting other recruiters into great career opportunities. Having identified that candidate interests were being overlooked, I took the bold decision to meet every recruiter I worked with and supported. It was a great decision that, along with my consultative approach, saw me establish a reputation for delivering great results without the usual fallout others were experiencing. It also meant that, from 2011, there was no longer a need to advertise; instead relying on a steady flow of referrals and new candidates to work with.
As my work developed I received requests for coaching services, something I was more than happy to do. Taking time and a genuine interest in those I coach has helped me transition from a recruiter into a full-time career coach; and I love it.
I now work with a range of clients, from those starting out in their career, those seeking development or change through to senior executives and business leaders.
In 2018 I returned to the classroom, having been offered a place at University of Warwick to study for a Masters in Career Development and Coaching Studies. It’s been a long time since I studied formally but I’m loving the challenge.
It’s fair to say that, with my 50th birthday fast approaching, I’m loving my work more than ever. A key factor in this is the ongoing support of my family and friends.