Friday, 30 December 2016

New Year, New Job

If you are thinking of making a career change in 2017, please read on.

This post is designed to help you to reflect on your wanting a new career this coming year.

Please reflect on the following questions to help you to ratify your decision to change careers.

What are you looking for in your new career that is either absent or in short supply in your current career?

What skills do you enjoy using that will be optimised in your new career?

What values will your new career satisfy?

Are there any of your top five work values that are unlikely to be satisfied in your new career?

Who will you be working with in your new career and how do you feel about this?

Where will you be working?

When do you plan to make this change?

What actions do you need to take in order to make this happen and when does each action need to be done?

How will you be working? For example, with a clear job description or something more fluid?

Why are you wanting this new career? What will it give you?

Answering these questions honestly will help you to make your final decision.

If you would like support in this process or with your career research or with CV and application writing and interview preparation, please get in touch:

01761 237400

Friday, 11 November 2016

Are you in your 'Best Self' Career?

If you are struggling with your work and wondering 'what if?' I was doing something that was my ideal job, then this post is for you.

Many of us started and some continue in a career/job/profession that we fell into or indeed planned but are now uncomfortable with it. My own career started in something that my parents advised me would be secure and provide a good salary.

All of the research suggests that, almost obviously, those happiest in their work are matched to it with respect to their personality, their beliefs and values and the skills that they are happiest applying. In so doing this could be your 'Best Self' Career.

I suggest that you start by asking yourself the following questions, which are a part of the career diagnostics process that we use at West of England Coaching and Counselling:

- What is your work personality?
- What do you need from your work to feel valued, appreciated, rewarded?
- What do you want at work?
- What would be your ideal work environment? Think in terms of where you are working.
- Who would be your ideal work colleagues and/or clients?
- When would you like to work?
- How would you like to work, for example, with lots of structure or more fluidly, developing new work solutions every week?
- Why are you working?
- What skills are you enjoying using on a daily basis?

The answers to these questions provide a good starting point. If you would like further guidance we would take your answers and add personality diagnostics with psychometric testing to help to complete the picture of what you are looking for.

As always we wish you well on your career journey.

To get in touch for help and support on your career journey please e mail or call us on 01761 237400.

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