Paul’s story

It took me a while to figure it out. I was tipped for a great career: a degree from Cambridge, a Masters from Durham. I moved from role to role, working all hours in large, high-pressure organisations because that’s the definition of success, right?

 

Deep down, I knew it wasn’t. So I did more training, looked at lateral moves, made a huge list of my strengths and skills, and tried to find jobs that matched, but I couldn’t find a career I wanted. I felt adrift.

Around this time, my first daughter was born. It was tough. Life was not turning out how I’d pictured. Then, out of nowhere, my health dropped through the floor. One day I was running 10k, the next I couldn’t even answer my front door. I suddenly had a very different perspective on life.

From that point on, work became almost unbearable. I was aware precious time with my partner and daughter was trickling away in trains and meeting rooms. Demotion would have been a relief. I wanted balance and longed for an exit strategy, but I had a mortgage, bills to pay and mouths to feed.

When my second daughter arrived a few years later, I was still stuck. My health was suffering again, I wasn’t the person I wanted to be, and the idea of fulfilling work seemed like a myth.

That’s when I got a coach. More than one, in fact. And that was a start. I examined what I found to be truly meaningful, and I began to rebuild my whole life around that. Through that process I uncovered what had always driven me: helping others rise through dilemma and challenge to find richness and meaning in life. And that’s where you’ll find me now.

Deep down, I knew it wasn’t. So I did more training, looked at lateral moves, made a huge list of my strengths and skills, and tried to find jobs that matched, but I couldn’t find a career I wanted. I felt adrift.

Around this time, my first daughter was born. It was tough. Life was not turning out how I’d pictured. Then, out of nowhere, my health dropped through the floor. One day I was running 10k, the next I couldn’t even answer my front door. I suddenly had a very different perspective on life.

From that point on, work became almost unbearable. I was aware precious time with my partner and daughter was trickling away in trains and meeting rooms. Demotion would have been a relief. I wanted balance and longed for an exit strategy, but I had a mortgage, bills to pay and mouths to feed.

When my second daughter arrived a few years later, I was still stuck. My health was suffering again, I wasn’t the person I wanted to be, and the idea of fulfilling work seemed like a myth.

That’s when I got a coach. More than one, in fact. And that was a start. I examined what I found to be truly meaningful, and I began to rebuild my whole life around that. Through that process I uncovered what had always driven me: helping others rise through dilemma and challenge to find richness and meaning in life. And that’s where you’ll find me now.

Career Change Testimonial
The experience has been phenomenal, I cannot recommend Paul enough. 
Really accomplished, really professional – Paul makes you understand and realise, at a deeper layer and level of understanding. I’ve built confidence and quit my old job, and am now in the career of my dreams.
So what Paul helped do was make those dreams a reality.
The single greatest investment we’ve made. 
Alex

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  • RWant to change career
  • RAre 30-55 years of age (ish!)
  • RWant in-depth help to explore, choose and plan your career change

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