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Why Accountability is Key to Retiring With Purpose

What you do with your retirement is up to you. That feels like the hardest part. There is so much to consider that retirement planning seems impossible. I’ve supported clients as a Certified Retirement Options Coach for many years now so I know a thing or two about...

A Strengths Profile Is a Blueprint For Career Success

I’m a big advocate of focusing on strengths rather than skills when it comes to establishing a career you enjoy and can thrive in.  Skills are things you can do pretty well. You may even get praised for your capabilities in this area. But you don’t feel particularly...

How to be Happier at Your Current Job

Your job plays a significant role in your life, providing the means to support yourself and indulge in life's pleasures. Additionally, it offers a sense of purpose and fulfilment through tasks, creativity, problem-solving, and building relationships. However, it's...

How To Succeed in Tough Job Market Conditions

So you’ve found yourself in need of a job. Maybe you’ve just left school or graduated from university. Maybe you have been made redundant or your work contract has come to an end. Maybe you are desperate for a change. Whatever the reason behind your job search, I...

What To Do If You’re Dreading Retirement

You’ve been avoiding the topic, changing the subject when friends bring it up over lunch, your colleagues make jokes that aren’t really jokes and your kids drop hints about all the things they want you to do for them when you’re no longer working. You’ll admit that...

What I wish graduates (and everyone) knew about getting a job

It’s thought that over our lifetimes we will spend about 90,000 hours at work. Just think about that for a moment! That’s about a third of our lives. So it’s absolutely reasonable to want your job to be more than a paycheck, instead, a role that excites, inspires and...

The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Retirement

Retirement can creep up on you. You spend decades of your life working hard to build the career you want while balancing everything else life throws at you - relationships, kids, ageing parents and hopefully maintaining some semblance of a social life. Suddenly people...

80 Action Words to make your CV stand out

When writing your CV, it’s important to avoid weak and passive verbs, stay away from business jargon or clichés, and watch out for tired words and phrases, such as “assisted,” “utilised” and "responsible". So what are good action words for a CV? Good action verbs for...

10 Coaching Questions to ask if struggling with the idea of retirement

I was recently working with a lady who was really struggling with the idea of retiring from her job as Partner in a law firm. At 68 years young she wants to carry on working – and why couldn’t she? She is incredibly successful, still bringing in clients, continuing to...

How your purpose can be a powerful guide as you transition into retirement

Retirement is the time in which you can fully realize your potential. It's a time when you can explore the world, create new opportunities and share your gifts with others. However, retirement can also be challenging if you don't have a clear sense of purpose - a...

Are you coasting in your job?

Have you found yourself “coasting" in your job for several years? You’ve got comfortable, know your job responsibilities inside and out, make a decent salary, and before you know it, three, five, and ten years have gone by. If you love your job and have a career...

Career Paralysis – how to get unstuck and find your best direction

Have you ever wanted to change career but get so paralysed by the constant swirl of negativity and indecision that it keeps you exactly where you are? Career paralysis can strike any of us at any point in our working lives. It’s about the way we think. After all, it’s...

12 unexpected ways a 3-day cold water retreat helped me be myself again

This weekend I returned from a 3-day Release your Inner Warrior Retreat - an incredible, unexpected opportunity gifted to me by my business coach who was unable to attend herself. Led by the amazing Angela, the Ice Warrior, I joined a small group of 7 other women on a...

Podcast: Financial Wellbeing in Retirement

As part of my Retirement Transition Coaching, I notice how there can be a lot of fear and embarrassment talking about money for some people. This can really hold them back in planning, making decisions about their future and understanding what it is they want to...

How financial forecasting was a game-changer in my career transition

A year ago this week, September 2021, I made the decision to leave my leadership role at the University of Birmingham’s award-winning Careers Network after a heady 12-years. I was going to deep dive into the world of full-time business owner, after growing my...

How to use online job boards when you don’t know what you want to do!

Are you finding yourself browsing online job boards with no clear focus or purpose? Unsure of what your next job looks like or even what it’s called! Searching and browsing aimlessly can often be a fruitless and demotivating process, particularly if you’ve not yet got...

Podcast (Part 2): Interview STYLE Advantage

This is the second of two short podcasts as part of the Interview Advantage conversations with the amazing Business Stylist, Barbara Cosgrave. In this section, Interview Style Advantage, Barbara discusses how she works with clients on their personal style. How it can...

25 Powerful Coaching Questions to Discover Your Strengths & Talents

Whether you're job searching, updating a CV, reviewing your career options, wish to be more engaged in your current role, or trying to better understand what type of work and environment you will thrive in, it’s really important to understand your strengths. It's...

Podcast (Part 1): Interview Preparation Advantage

I had the pleasure of recently collaborating with expert Business Stylist, Barbara Cosgrave, on two short podcasts on the theme of ‘Interview Advantage’. Barbara is an experienced Business Stylist who helps people understand that their personal impact and image can...

Quote the good stuff! How to use testimonials in your CV.

A common question I’m asked is should I include references on my CV? Space is precious on a CV, so don’t waste it with references. Everyone will need to provide a reference at some stage and are often are only required at the very end of the recruitment process. So...
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