Why I'm great at supporting Millennials
At age 3, I wanted to be a dancer, a few years later a police officer. By the time I hit my 30s, I was working for an organisation I hated and felt like my career was going nowhere fast. I’d left University with no clue what career I wanted, had tried a few different roles and had some highs and lows, had an idea of where I wanted to head but was struggling to take the practical steps to make the move. And was frustrated to see everyone passing me by as they went on to their fabulous lives.
Two days after my 30th Birthday holiday I took voluntary redundancy, and set off on a path that suited me more and led to me setting up my business. One part of my career I had always loved was helping other people, through career coaching and guiding on career development and that’s why I set up The Talent Cycle in 2019. Now I love helping other Millennials to achieve their career dreams, through practical support and accountability as well as a shoulder to lean on and a hand to hold so they don’t feel alone or ‘unusual’, whatever their personal circumstances. But together we achieve their dream career success.
Born in 1981, I may be a more 'seasoned' Millennial (technically classed as anyone born between the early '80s and mid '90s), but I do know a thing or two about what being a Millennial means for a career.
Like many other Millennials, including many of my clients, I understand the need for seeking meaning in a career. A career is part of what defines you, and you don't want to be left behind whilst others succeed, nor do you want just 'any' job. You've got an idea about where you want to head to, but don't seem to be able to get there. Maybe your CV is not getting the responses you want or you're being pipped at the final post when it comes to interviews, and that's if you've even figured out how to job hunt in the first place. You're worried about your lack of experience in a new career and want some further clarity, to build up your skills and confidence in your decisions and in yourself. Because you didn't come this far, to only come this far.
And this is how I can help...
I used to give long complicated explanations about what I do and why I do it. But then it dawned on me; the answer is actually very simple. I help anxious and overwhelmed individuals and businesses, achieve career success and satisfaction. And to me, career success can be measured by a variety of factors but most importantly, finding the career path to something you love doing, which you do well, that supports your mental health and wellbeing, as much as your bank balance.
With my flagship Talent Transformation Programme, we'll work together to help you gain clarity, understand your values and skills and then develop a personal development and marketing plan. We'll look at how you sell yourself to others, whether that be writing a winning CV that beats applicant tracking software (ATS) or accessing the hidden job market.
And people I LOVE to work with are people who are 'new'. Maybe you're in your first few years after University, trying to get a foot in the door and make a name for yourself or perhaps you've already had a career, but who you are in your mid 30s or 40s is not who you were in your 20s. And that means starting a new career or developing new skills, like how to be a people manager. I offer quick and direct solutions. I won't ever tell you what to do, it's your life, but I'll often provide direct help and offer solutions, rather than long expensive coaching programmes aimed at Executives. I'm not a 'fluffy' coach and although I specialise in working with Millennials, I do of course also work with younger students and those more advanced in their career. My one requirement is you are up for the challenge and ready to make change, to see the results you are dreaming of.
Another thing that makes me different from most coaches, is I've not just come into this sector in the last 5 mins, I've been working in coaching, guidance and skills based training for over 15 years. Part of that career has also included great success as a learning and organisational development professional. So I am highly skilled in helping you not just secure a new role, but actually thrive and develop within it. I have a number of services to do that, including Talent Transformation Programme, we'll work together to help you gain clarity, understand your values and skills and then develop a personal development and marketing plan.
And this experience of learning and organisation development is crucial when I am working with organisations. Many of my organisation clients are looking for support with developing their talent, maintaining high levels of engagement and performance, even during tough times. I can help with everything from team building days to new manager training and outplacement support.
Helpfulness: Using my drive and creativity for positive action, helping not just myself but others too.
Authenticity: Being ME makes me unique. I won't always do things the same way as others and that's a strength.
Self-respect: Pride in my work and learning from all experiences, whether they were wonderful or challenging.
Freedom: Being a master of my own destiny, only taking on work which makes my heart sing, so I am 100% committed to all I do.
MY SUPER STRENGTHS:
The things I am brilliant at and known for, are being:
Driven: whether it's making a change or getting something started, I won't stop till the goal is achieved.
A Helper: I love to help people, it's why I do what I do.
Creative: whether it's designing, problem solving, or upcycling some furniture, my creativity is my passion and will help you get to where you want to be. No 'can't do!' here.
If you work with me, we can identify what yours are too!
For most people, finding career success and happiness starts with focusing on raising self-awareness. There are lots of ways to do that, but as a Myers Briggs (MBTI) Practitioner, I often use the tool to help clients (if they wish).
My own profile is for a preference of INFJ, which is one of the rarest types (yes, I'm special!). With preference for 'Introversion', I'm a good listener, 'INtuition', I can see the bigger picture, 'Feeling', I have a strong moral compass and am very empathetic to others and 'Judging' (no, I don't judge!), I take logical practical steps to achieving goals.
And these qualities make me very good at what I do.
How I am qualified to help...
Unlike many Career Coaches who have only recently moved into the sector, I have been working in Careers Guidance/Coaching and Development (L&D/OD in busy HR teams) for over 15 years. In fact, I am so skilled at it that I also mentor other Careers Professionals.
As well as my practical experience, I have various professional memberships, qualifications and accolades including:
Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development by OCR
Level 3 Diploma in Career Coaching from Oxford Learning
Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development from CIPD
Level 5 Diploma in Career Coaching from the ILM (Institute of Leadership Management)
Practitioner for psychometric profiling MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), Thomas International PPA (DISC theory) and TEIQ (Trait Emotional Intelligence Indicator)
Member and on the Professional Register for the CDI (Career Development Institute)
Associate member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
Member of the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management)
My work has been used as an example of best practice by the NfER (National Federation for Educational Research) and in the same year I was nominated as a National Career Champion Award finalist
I have a full DBS check (children and adults) and signed up to the online checking service
I follow the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council) competency framework and GCMA Global Code of Ethics in Coaching and Mentoring.