Career Change

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Our 5-step Getting Unstuck process, based on decision science, has helped thousands of people in career paralysis to find their best direction and transform their working lives.

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A structured 5-step coaching process with an expert Career Psychologist.

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Career Management

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Our Career Management service helps people to develop their careers faster, whether getting an opportunity, landing their ideal role, gaining a promotion, or managing a transition.

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1 to 1  expert CV, interview, performance coaching and psychometric assessment.

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Corporate workshops to help your people promote themselves effectively, deal with change and take control of their careers.

Career Development

Executive coaching that gets results

We deliver executive coaching and training that improves leadership, resilience and business effectiveness.

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Executive coaching from expert Career Psychologists to develop skills and transform performance.

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Training for internal coaches, business psychologists and HR professionals seeking to deepen their coaching skills.

  • Career Change, Getting Unstuck coaching

    Career Change is A Game of Inches

    Took my little daughter to the athletics, and we watched the mighty Usain Bolt in the 4 x 100m heats (though my daughter was far more interested in Hero the Hedgehog).  We then cheered the British team on to qualify, before – incredibly – they snatched gold in the final this evening, winning by 0.05 seconds.

    That’s half a second over 400 metres, shared between 4 people.  With such tiny margins I always think of this speech by Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday, which one of our brilliant clients first put me onto.

    I guarantee this is worth 4 mins and 40 seconds of your time:


    When I first watched this, it captured my experience of being stuck in a job I hated.

    Sure, being a consultant was safe and comfortable, but it was killing me.  At times it really did feel like hell.

    If I had stayed where I was I would have crumbled.  I would have died.  But at the same time, I was petrified of the alternatives.

    Many of our clients feel the same, stuck between an unwanted present and an uncertain future.

    Stuck between fear of death and fear of life.

    If you recognise this then, just like Pacino’s team, you have a choice.

    You can stay where you are and get the shit kicked out of you or you can fight your way out, one inch at a time.  This is painful and scary – I didn’t have the guts to change for 5 years.

    If you choose to change career it will be painful.  You will need to fight for every inch.  But watch the clip again; what’s the alternative?

    Could you be willing to fight for that next inch?  And the next?  Because that’s the difference between living and dying.

    If you’re in career paralysis right now, the inches you need are all around you.

    Now.  What are you going to do?


    The Career Psychologist specialises in helping people who are stuck in careers they dislike yet who feel uncertain of the alternatives – career paralysis.  If this is you, and you want to fight for some inches, get in touch.

  • Career Change, Developing Coaches - ACT Training, Getting Unstuck coaching

    Are Your ‘Labels’ Sabotaging Your Career Change?

    by Dr Fiona Day

     Suzanne was working for an NHS (UK National Health Service) organisation which was being dissolved following a reorganisation. As a qualified physiotherapist she really struggled with the idea of being transferred away from the NHS and into an arms-length body, and she couldn’t see a way forwards for herself. She identified very strongly with the label ‘NHS staff’ – this was, she felt, at the very core of her professional identify.

    With no easy way for her to remain employed within the NHS, Suzanne was rapidly becoming stuck. The label ‘NHS staff’, which had given her so much drive and determination for the last 20 years, was now becoming a barrier to her ability to move forwards in the face of the reorganisation.

    What can we learn from Suzanne’s difficult experience? We all use labels about ourselves as a form of sense making in the world, these are like mental short cuts which may represent a much larger pattern of behaviours, roles, standards and values, as well as job titles.

    Sometimes labels are really helpful, for example ‘I want to drive more carefully now that I am a parent’; ‘my partner is ill and I want to be a good partner and support them to get better’; ‘as a professional teacher, I make sure that I attend my annual update training to keep my skills up’.

    But what happens when labels start to limit us in our thinking and limit our choices? This is particularly true when we are considering a change in career direction, so it is important to be aware of how the labels we habitually use to make sense of our world and our working lives can help or hinder us.

    Try these 5 steps

    You might like to take a moment to ask yourself whether your labels are still serving you well, by following these steps:

    1. Notice the labels you use about yourself – spend ten minutes writing down all the roles you identify with, and all the labels that you use, perhaps specifically focusing on those in a work related context.
    2. Be kind to yourself –it might feel a bit overwhelming to see them all written down, so take a moment to acknowledge that you are doing your best with all these different roles and labels, and that it is normal to find it difficult to balance them all.
    3. Go through each label one by one – asking yourself, ‘does this label still serve me?’. If it is helpful to continue to hold on to that label, perhaps because it is really important to help you to move your career in the direction you want it to go, then do hold on to it and use it as part of your compass of what you want your life and career to stand for.
    4. If you find that holding tightly onto that label is actually taking you away from what matters most to you, then be open to the suggestion that it may no longer be serving you well. It may be really scary to even begin to think of letting go of it even a little, so notice any thoughts or feelings of discomfort which arise at the thought of holding this label a little looser, and be willing to imagine that in the future this label may no longer be as important to you as it is at the moment.
    5. Check in with these labels over the years, and make sure they are still bringing you closer to greater meaning, purpose and satisfaction in your working life.

    Suzanne learned through coaching that the label she called ‘NHS staff’ was actually a mental short cut that she used to mean ‘making a difference and helping people in need’. With this greater insight and flexibility, she was able to make the right decision for herself in her difficult situation, and is now flourishing in her new career.