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Career Psychologist success stories

Below are a handful of the many hundreds of people we’ve helped to get unstuck and move forward with purpose over the past 10 years.  Many more to be added soon!

  • Lana Novak

    From Art Director to Portfolio Career

    I was working as an Art Director in advertising for over 10 years. I then had my daughter and suddenly my work/career outlook changed completely... edited

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  • Natashia Variava

    from HR to Entrepreneur

    I always admired entrepreneurs but was never brave enough to venture on my own. The classic ‘fear of the unknown’ led to 5 years of not making a decision…

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  • Ronan Carter

    from Consulting to Wellbeing Entrepreneur

    I thrive on challenge and wanted to get involved in something more fulfilling – something I was passionate about [...] I wanted something different but I didn’t know how to take action to get it or have the courage to do it myself...

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  • Rebecca Magnus

    from Business Development to Freelance Copy Writer

    I had just left a difficult job in Business Development for a start up food company. On the face of it, the job was a good fit for me, flexible hours in an industry I love. However, the job was a very poor fit for my lifestyle and personality...

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  • Career Change, Career Development, Career Management

    How to Deal with Anxiety (day 4) – Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong

    My latest blog post on anxiety was partly based on a book called Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong by Kelly Wilson and Troy Dufrene.

    The title alone does it for me, but it’s a fantastic resource for learning to handle anxiety more skilfully.

    I tend to give this book away a lot, so true to form I will send someone a free copy of this book at the end of next week.

    Please just comment below if you’d like to enter the ‘competition’ and I’ll choose someone at random either here, or on Linkedin or Twitter.

     

  • Career Change, Career Development, Career Management

    How to Deal with Anxiety (Day 3) – The Daily Checklist

    (5 minute read + a downloadable checklist)

    I’d originally anticipated lockdown to be a slower pace, a reconnection with what matters and a welcome realignment of my values.

    Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but the reality for me is the pace has been higher than ever before.  I’m one of the lucky ones, but so far this luck has translated into very long hours sat at my desk, worrying about my family, childcare, clients and the world.

    One thing I have noticed is how hard I can work without feeling that I’ve achieved anything.

    This is related to the ‘Zeigarnik effect‘ – the tendency to focus on all the things we still need to do rather than the things we have done.

    Apparently waiters can recall diners’ orders only before they have been served – afterwards the brain just lets go.

    This is pernicious, because a story can easily grow that we are busy but not being effective.  My mind easily slips into stories like ‘I am a busy fool’ or ‘I’m panicking’ which then leads to feeling overwhelmed – like my body is primed for action but I can’t actually think what the next right action is.

    This is where checklists can help, by dampening anxiety, giving us a structure and crucially, helping us notice what is working and what we have achieved.

    Atul Gawandee’s The Checklist Manifesto shows how checklists improve outcomes in a whole field of outcomes, but checklists can be useful in this current situation too.

    If you want to know how to create one, this article gives a step by step outline.  But if you want something specifically created for this lockdown period, I have created a Daily-resilience-working-from-home-checklist-27th-March.pdf (191 downloads) with specific questions to answer in the morning, and then some further questions to reflect on at shutdown time.

    The objective is to help people to:

    • Mindfully check in with themselves each morning;
    • Monitor their own self-care;
    • Spot what’s working and what isn’t;
    • Embed effective habits into consciousness and then hopefully, into their routines.

    I am already using this on myself and some clients and the response has been great.

    I will be revising and improving this over time and may turn it into an Excel doc or an online tool (developers please get in touch!)

    Please let me know comments and suggestions for improvement in the comments below!