Thursday, 30 June 2016

Lacking Career Direction?

If you are lacking career direction then please read on.

According to research only about twenty percent of us have career direction clarity. That is we are unclear about where we want to go in our careers! Considering that those of us who work spend a large percentage of our waking hours at work, this figure is rather alarming I think.

This blog offers suggestions on what to do to gain career direction clarity.

I suggest that you start by gathering information including what is important to you about work, what skills you enjoy using and are good at as well as aspects of your character relevant to work.

You may find it helpful to complete a personality questionnaire that will often provide pointers to the types of career for you to consider, that may or may not include your current career.

From here you can start to think about the qualifications, knowledge, skills and capabilities required for each type of career that interests you. This may help to narrow down your options, for example if returning to study is not an option for whatever reason.

Working environment is very important when it comes to work satisfaction. Where do you want to work? Not just the geographical location but right down to what you see when you look out of the window and what the space is around you.

What would you like your work identity to be? What really matters to you? Answers to these questions may narrow your work choice down to one particular sector, for example.

I hope that you find this exercise to be useful and would like to hear about what you discover.

Of course if you would like help and support with your career review or transition please get in touch via, by completing a contact us form at or by calling 01761 237400.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Your Work Values are what?

If you are interested in finding and working in the job of your dreams then this post is for you.

Research suggests that the most important work values to you are:
  • a level of challenge appropriate to you
  • meaning
  • fulfilment
  • feel excited to go to and be at your work
  • happy
The time to explore your options to achieve your values is when you are relatively calm and positive.
However, many people seek a career or job change when they are exhausted and rather desperate.

Something else that research suggests is that a high percentage of people live within invisible borders set by themselves or others, driven largely by fear.

My advice is simple. Do not stay in a role that is not good enough for you, where the best parts are your end of month pay cheque followed by the end of your working week because it is all over for a couple of days if you are lucky.

A lot of people I meet and work with who are happy do not let fear drive their decisions as much as others.

As well as the allure of happiness in your work, please be aware of the negative effects of being unhappy in your work. At least a quarter of us is said to be affected by mental health problems, working long hours and glued to our phones. Stress, anxiety and depression now make up at least one in five GP visits.

If you would like help addressing your fears of striking out with your career and for help in diagnosing the perfect career and role for your personality, likes and values, please get in touch via or by calling 01761 237400.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Your Career Review

If you are interested in reviewing where you are in terms of your career then this post is for you.

Do not wait for a coaching session to start the ball rolling.

You can start coaching yourself by asking yourself the 10 questions listed below.

  1. How do you feel about your role?
  2. Do you enjoy your work for the most part?
  3. Is your role aligned with your values?
  4. Does your work make best use of your strengths?
  5. What have been your main achievements in the last 12 months?
  6. Are you passionate about your work?
  7. What have your learnt about yourself in the last 12 months?
  8. What is the one thing that you would change about your career that would have the biggest positive impact on your health?
  9. What is your career purpose over the next year or so?
  10. What career goals and objectives do you have?

Honestly answering these questions will help you to decide whether your current role is working and what changes, if any, you would like to make.

Doing the work that you want to do to the best of your ability is a big part of what gives you meaning and purpose in your life, contributing to your overall health and happiness.

If you would like a safe place to discuss your career and work with a supportive career coach, please get in touch via or call 01761 237400.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Career enhancer: Managing your Boss

If your career and well being would benefit from a boost you may want to work on better managing your boss. The point is that managing your boss is to make your life better.

You would do well to focus on you first, building your confidence in your strengths and what you bring to the business. This will help you to be strong enough psychologically to derive the best relationship with your boss.

Think about your values and how they align with the business as well as your strengths. A great on line resource to help you with this is

Step two is to become an expert on your boss. What do they value most? What takes priority? Likely they will have a different map or view of the world as well as different ways of communicating and thinking from you. They may well have a different personality type and way of working. An understanding of how they tick can help to reduce frustration and increase empathy.

Responding to and initiating conversation with them in their preferred 'modes' can help to build and maintain rapport. A good place to start is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, which you can start to research on line.

To achieve a better idea of what you want from your relationship with your boss and to help with discussions with your boss, you could also look at

One word of caution is not to be too pushy with what you want. Choose your timing wisely and see the bigger picture.

For help with managing upwards and improving your most important work relationship, get in touch via enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling or 01761 237400.