A few years back, before I was pregnant with
number 1, I had a career crisis and finally decided
I needed to do something about it. In the past
when I became fed up or disillusioned with a job,
I’d look for something else, generally a
step up with more money, and a fresh start proved
to provide fresh challenges and a burst in motivation.
However, after my last move, to an IT Management
role in the Property business at AMP Henderson,
I found the feelings of disillusionment with the
corporate world did not disappear. The new team
I had were needy and miserable, they felt aggrieved
and seemed to think the company owed them something.
I personally did not need this. If I was going
to deal with a bunch of children, why not go for
the real thing?
At this point I started to see a life coach.
She was young (in her late twenties), and my first
thought was that she didn’t have enough
life experience to coach me, but the process was
very much a partnership and she worked with me
to find the right approach that worked for me.
I stuck at my new job for about 5 months, but
then, with the support of my partner, I decided
that the only way to work out what I wanted to
do with my work life, was to take some time out
and try some options.
I resigned from my role and was honest with my
boss. Surprisingly enough he seemed to understand,
and actually offered to keep me on part time (3
day a week) to allow me to spend two days a week
focused on other things. We worked together to
find someone to ‘job share’ with me.
The Life Coach addressed personal issues like
feelings of uncertainty, motivation and lack of
self esteem, but also had a very practical approach.
I went home from each session with a list of things
to do, and she also spent time between sessions
researching various options for me.
I started a Diploma in Event Management (and
later gave myself permission to stop as it was
not the right option for me), I set up some work
experience for myself every Friday at the local
pre-school, I joined the gym and every Thursday
morning took two hours to myself. No need to try
and squeeze it in in the lunch hour or after work.