Thursday, 20 October 2016

Career Blues?

If you are unhappy in your current career or just curious about whether you are in the best career for you then this post is for you.

You spend so much of your life at work and as life is short it makes sense to pursue the career that fits you best, your personality, what you like doing and what is important to you.

The career guidance offered in education can be helpful if not comprehensive but what if you have been out of education for some time?

If you do not know where to start on your journey to finding your best career then you are in good company. Plus for such an important decision your research needs to be thorough and ideally supported by a career coach.

Here at West of England Coaching and Counselling, we help you on your journey by starting with a robust process of diagnosing your career preferences, based on a number of criteria suggested by research in this field.

One of these criteria is your personality preferences and for this area we focus on psychometric tests that have a high validity level when it comes to career choice. Very often we meet clients whose personalities clash with their organisation's culture and values. The objective is to highlight two or three careers and sectors that are congruent with the way you work and what is important to you.

During career coaching you will gain a great deal of insight into your own personality and what you need in order to feel fulfilled and purposeful.

Following diagnostics we can further assist you by looking at the career requirements of the two or three options highlighted and help you to action plan to address any gaps.

We can further assist you with CV and cover letter structure and content as well as interview preparation.

To discuss your own particular needs please call us on 01761 237400 or e mail

Friday, 16 September 2016

Address issues impacting your Career

If you want to address issues that are having a negative impact on you and your career then this post is for you.

Here I will cover five health issues that can be caused somewhat by your emotional response to your work life and may have a negative impact on you at work as well as your career progression.

Research suggests that a lot of people use alcohol to self-medicate, to change their state, to numb out or forget about issues and problems in their life. Drinking too much puts your health at risk. It can lead to health problems such as cancer and liver disease.

Research suggests that anxiety disorders are experienced by at least fifteen percent of the UK population with almost twice as many women being diagnosed as men. This could be because less men admit how they really feel than women. Common symptoms may include low mood, crying, negative thoughts, insomnia, dry mouth, shortness of or holding breath, butterflies, sweating, nausea, tight chest.

Research suggests that some people self-medicate with food. Overeating often has its roots in underlying emotional problems. You may also be in denial about how much you eat. This is shown in the programme 'Secret Eaters.'

Research suggests that partly because we are busy working, eat healthily can be difficult.
Are you suffering with muscle aches and pains or low energy? This may be consumption related.

Finally, research suggests that a large percentage of the working population have sleeping issues.
For example, problems falling asleep or night waking. Having enough sleep is essential to our health and well-being. Too little sleep weakens our immune system. Studies suggest that getting good sleep can reduce your risk to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The average person needs seven or eight hours, according to sleep neuroscientist Professor Jim Horne. Some people can function well on much less, he adds, but stress, anxiety and sleep apnoea can affect your sleeping patterns.

A good starting point is to talk to your doctor and work out an action plan if you are experiencing one of these health issues.

At West of England Coaching and Counselling we work with you holistically so that you can resolve your issues and be happier at work.

If you would like to discuss your own needs please get in touch via, send us an e mail to enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling or call us on 01761 237400

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Career Searching?

If you are thinking about changing your career or job role then please read on.

Firstly, you are in good company. Job satisfaction has dropped to its lowest level for over two years. Almost a quarter of employees have job seeking intentions according to a survey of 2,000 employees by Halogen and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The survey sample was across all sectors.

Perhaps your own experience resonates with some of the top reasons for wanting a move

1. Nearly a quarter of respondents felt their organisation's performance management processes to be unfair.
2. Over a quarter of respondents identified a lack of opportunity to develop their skills as an issue impacting their job satisfaction.
3. More than a third of respondents said that they are unlikely to fulfil their career goals with their current employer.

A separate similar survey by Love Energy Savings revealed that half  of employees felt that their employers did not provide them with sufficient learning and development opportunities.

Secondly you need to know that if you are feeling apprehensive and alone in your predicament, that this is normal. Since work occupies a large proportion of our life it is important and associated with that is a level of risk and discomfort.

Our role is to provide you with help and support in making the transition from where you are now to a career that fulfils your needs and wants based on a number of factors including your personality.

All potential career coaching relationships commence with a complimentary consultation where we understand some things about what you want and don't want in your work. You will leave the meeting understanding our approach to help you and motivated to achieve your goals.

To book an initial meeting please get in touch via or by calling 01761 237400.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tips to Manage your Career better

If you are feeling somewhat frustrated with your career path then this blog is for you.

Since most of us spend a large percentage of our waking hours at work it makes sense to think extensively about what you want from your career. And, since life is short, to do it now.

Here are my five top tips of tasks that you can get stuck into today.

1. Tell people you are close to what you are thinking and feeling. As you speak you will start to process your thoughts and come up with some ideas and actions to move forwards with. People that you trust can also support you and ask you about how it is going along the way.

2. Reflect on your work to date. For example, when were you happiest? Where were you then? Who were you working with? What were you doing? What did you enjoy the most? How did it work for you? What patterns are emerging that give you insight into what you could do moving forwards?

3. Think about what energises and motivates you in your life. Synchronising this with your career choices is a must as employers and clients will be looking for enthusiasm from you.

4. Research the job market. For example talk to local recruitment agencies about what employers are looking for and go through sample job descriptions. Ask to speak to people who already do those roles about what they find good and less so!

5. Start your career action plan. For example set a time line for achieving your career goal, your broad statement of intent as well as specific objectives. To do your dream career you have to make it happen. What are your qualifications and skills gaps and what are the options for closing these gaps?

For help and support in improving your existing career path or transitioning to a new career, please get in touch via where we specialise in this area of your life.