The Benefits of Independent Careers Advice
At the start of my career path, I went to a local college for some help to enroll onto a course. I had decided I wanted to study childcare, I was very young, and didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career and someone made a suggestion which seemed as good as other course I could do at the time. So there I was at the college, waiting to be seen by someone. I ended up having a meeting with a member of staff who failed to help me with childcare and attempted to get me to enroll on a different course than the one I had told him I wanted to be on. He didn’t listen to my needs and seemed to have an agenda which didn’t match my own. As this happened about 18 years ago, I am a little vague on the detail now, but I will never forget how this treatment made me feel. I ended up trying desperately to hold back the tears in the waiting area as I didn’t want anyone to see me cry in public. I then ended up talking to someone else who happened to be a tutor on a childcare course and pointed me in the right direction. However, despite the kindness of several members of staff I wasn’t given the correct information about childcare and the free places and to cut a long story short was unable to access those places at the start of the course. Had I been given the correct information in the first instance, the situation would have been much less stressful. I know now I am a careers adviser that I would have benefited from independent careers advise which might have helped me get to my chosen vocation in a more direct route than I took. I completed the childcare course and decided (eventually) that it wasn’t the right career for me and went round the houses for years – joking along the way that I still don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up!
So the point of that tale was that I really would have benefited at that point from someone who cared about my aspirations, listened to my needs and helped me explore my values and aspirations. I am aware of other advice available around career changes, but much of the advice is there to encourage people onto a particular training course, or is mandatory as the government tries to support people back to work.
Most people at some point in their lives would benefit from independent careers guidance. This can be on the start of their career path, where they are struggling to advance their career, facing a redundancy situation or thinking of retirement. I believe that people who have access to independent careers advice will be empowered to tap into their own aspirations quicker than those who don’t. We can have very well meaning people in our lives who can muddy the water when making decisions as they are helpful by making suggestions to us. Sometimes this can prevent us from listening to our inner voices and tapping into our values and dreams. I provide a space where open questions and a non judgmental attitude support you to find your own path, one that is right for you, your aspirations and your current circumstances.
If you would like independent careers guidance, contact Kelly today on 07881294894 or email Kelly@cygnetnortheast.com