How I can help you change careers

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No one likes to feel stuck. Often it’s the nagging uncertainty around what to do about it that makes you the most miserable.

I do one on one career change coaching one on one with people who want to figure out what’s next career wise.

There are lots of triggers for career change but no matter what prompts a move, everyone’s looking for purposeful, absorbing work. This is where I come in. 

If you see yourself anywhere here – I can help:

  • You’re at the absolute fraying end of your tether with your current role in your longtime industry. You want out now. You want to get into something completely different but you have little or no idea what that is or where to start looking.
  • You’re OK but not great where you are. Your current role or company has lost its lustre but you feel you still fit your industry and you value what it does. You’d like to look at other opportunities in the same or similar sectors. 
  • You’ve lost a job you loved or loathed through redundancy or the end of your contract. You knew this was coming so you’ve planned to take time out to recharge, regroup and take a forensic look at your options. 
  • You’re thinking about freelancing or starting your own business. You’ve got heaps of skills and experience but you don’t know if you have what it takes or how to make this major move outside your comfort zone. 

How career coaching works

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Changing careers can feel a lot like mountaineering. Maybe your dream job feels just beyond your reach? Perhaps it’s lost in the haze on a distant horizon.

Any climb is easier with someone by your side. I’ll help you find the way and cheer you on. Between us we’ll forge a path to the summit using proven tools and techniques from the Firework Career Change programme and Career Shifters.

Aiming for complete career change or a savvy side step in a sector you still love?
I’ll help you get clearer and more confident about who you are and where you’re going.

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What will we do?

We get straight down to business. Each week you’ll have practical real world missions and imaginative, fresh thinking exercises to get you doing things differently. The reflective exercises will help you to get clear on the inner motivations and purpose for your work, plus what your key strengths and skills are. The action will enable you to meet new people, step into new environments and have new experiences – leading to new insights about what could be possible for you.

The programme we will go through combines the best in structure and flexibility. We take it at the right pace for you, meaning we will complete it in 8-12 sessions. Here’s how itworks:


Stage 1 – Find your career change clues

We begin by finding out where to look for your career change clues. 

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It’s tough to generate career change insight when you’re stuck and frustrated.  It’s also natural to assume that doing something totally different is the only solution. For some people this is true. But, for lots of us the clues pointing to our next career are closer than we imagine. In fact, they’re hiding in plain sight. They’re lurking behind ideas and issues and people who spark our interest.

Stage one is packed with activities and missions that uncover clues to broaden your future career options. We’ll combine action and reflection to help you get clear on your motivation and drive, and what purposeful work means for you. You’ll act on, explore and consolidate these insights by meeting new people and stepping into new environments.

Stage one generates heaps of exciting new possibilities.

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Stage 2 – Sharpen your focus

Stage two’s creative exercises filter your list to find your top three to five ‘career themes’. These are the areas that energise and excite you the most.

This will give you a new level of focus and clarity about the direction you’re heading in.

Stage 3 – Test and Validate   

It’s time to do real world testing. This is the career change lab!

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Your Stage 3 Projects give you low risk, high impact ways to test the feasibility and fit of exciting career possibilities. This won’t be a theoretical exercise; it’ll be something you do in the real world by ‘market testing’ your ideas to assess the degree to which they give you energy, fit your skills and talents, and can provide you the financial sustainability you need.

By the end of stage three you will know what career move you want to make.

Stage 4 - Mapping and shifting

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You now know what you want to do so in stage four we figure out how to get from where you are now to where you want to be, mitigating the key potential risks involved.  With the clarity you have about what you want to do and the way you want to create your working life, this is also the stage where you generate opportunities in organisations or with clients that inspire you. You will have a clear plan of how to make your career change. 

See my frequently asked questions for more information on this and the logistics of coaching with me.

‘If you’re feeling stuck and not sure how to navigate a career transition I can highly recommend Jo. With her gentle yet focused approach Jo encouraged me to really examine my goals and get clear on what job and career I really want.’ Fiona
‘I knew I wanted to change out of the only industry I’ve ever worked in so my expectation really was just to open my mind… Jo’s ability to motivate and hold space for exploration made the whole coaching process really enjoyable and valuable.’ Ashley

Start your career change coaching

Drop me a note to organise a free 20 minute consultation to chat about your career change and how career change coaching could help.

For information on where and when see frequently asked questions. And for inspiration see my suggested resources page.