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  • What is the Career Psychologist network?

    Rather than a company, we are a group of psychologists and coaches who have decided to collaborate. This means you can trust us to advise what is actually best for you, rather than most lucrative for us – we don’t make profits, we just earn a living.

  • Who do you work with?

    A wide variety of private individuals and organisations.  We’ve worked with 100s of people from all walks of life, employed, not employed, entrepreneurs, graduates, mid-career changers and senior leaders.  Our organisational clients range from professional services, banking and finance, oil and gas, construction and FMCG to elite athletes.

  • Why would I need a psychologist?

    Don’t worry.  We won’t ask you to sit on a couch and tell us about your difficult childhood.

    Psychology is the science of human behaviour.  Psychologists can therefore offer new and different perspectives on how and why we get stuck.  This helps our clients understand what’s holding them back.

    Getting unstuck and finding more effective and meaningful work can be a long and complex journey.  Along the way there can be many challenges – practical and psychological.  We can help you deal with both.

    If you like the sound of this, get in touch.

  • How are you different from other coaches?

    Read about the 5 reasons to choose The Career Psychologist here.

    If you like the sound of us, get in touch to set up an informal chat.

  • How long does the career change process take?

    It depends.

    In general, our career change plans are designed to help you think differently about yourself and your career.  This takes time and effort.  We would estimate that on average each step of the 5 step career change process takes 3-4 weeks.  Our aim is to help clients feel that they truly did all the ‘due diligence’ they could possibly have made on their career decision.  In some cases, this can be very rapid.  Even a one off session can do the trick.  But we have also had clients commit to a 12 month process, which allows a slow and planned transition.

    The average is something like 3-4 months.

    If you’d like to chat further, get in touch.

  • Will I inevitably change career / job after your process?

    No.

    Many people do, but the objective is to make the best possible decision. In some cases (perhaps 30% of our clients) they choose to stay where they are.  For now.  But in general, these people make a clear plan for the future (by working on a clear transition plan) and / or they take some concrete steps to improving their job right now.  This is called job crafting.

    Career paralysis, or being ‘headstuck’, is a kind of mental limbo, a non-decision. That’s very different from consciously deciding to stay in your current work on your own terms.  Ultimately the Getting Unstuck process is not about leaving your current job, but making a conscious decision about the future.

    Get in touch if you’d like to discuss this further.

  • Can you help me move from 9-5 work to something more flexible?

    Yes, if that’s what’s right for you.

    In the Getting Unstuck process there is a specific section on generating options.  At this stage we encourage people to imagine what different combinations of jobs or projects might look like (for example, 2 days per week on an exciting freelance project, 2 days per week doing work to pay the bills and 1 day per week childcare).

    Or we explore transition moves, for example cutting down to 4 days in your current job and creating 1 day per week to work on your new business or freelance idea.

    All options are systematically evaluated and in the final step, a clear plan created to help you move forward with clarity and purpose.

    Get in touch if you want to discuss how the Getting Unstuck process could help you.

  • Do you use psychometric tests?

    Yes, where it helps – but we use them cautiously. Personality cannot capture your whole essence – you’re not a ‘type’, you’re a human.   Second, personality is contextual, not absolute: a strength in one context is a weakness in another.

    And we don’t believe in ‘matching’ people to an ideal job.  Job markets are far too complex and fast-moving. They’re based on backward-looking data, and can only cope with the major career types. Because of this, they can’t recommend new careers, nor less well-known careers or portfolio careers.  Humans are even more complex.  It’s easy to find introverted sales people and extravert librarians.   And psychometric tests have a tendency to reinforce someone’s rigid view of themselves, when what is needed is reinvention.

    So unless used wisely, psychometric tests are just as likely to keep you trapped in old ways of thinking as to open new avenues.

  • What’s the first step?

    If you feel we might help transform your career, it’s usually best to meet or speak with one of our career psychologists informally about your situation.

    If after that we both think we could work together, we’ll make a proposal (i.e. number of sessions, cost, objectives and outcomes) based around your specific requirements.

    So to take the first step, just get in touch.

  • What are your prices?

    Individuals:

    Our aim is to make the very best career coaching and psychology available at the most competitive prices.  Prices continue to vary for individual career services between psychologists, location, number of sessions booked and availability.

    We offer a free introductory session  to assess what kind of career services you need after which you will receive a detailed proposal with cost information attached.  Get in contact here to book your introductory session.

    Organisations:

    For all corporate coaching services prices are available on request – please contact us.

  • Do you work with companies and other organisations?

    Yes!

    We offer both Executive Coaching  and tailored training programmes for organisations.  Our clients include Astra Zeneca, Boston Consulting Group, Bank of America, Danske Bank, Laing O’Rourke, London Airports, HMRC, the UAE Government, Thames Water and UK Power Networks.  We also work with the third sector, offering coaching and workshops at discounted prices.

    For more detail on our services go here.

    To discuss any of our corporate services and prices please contact us.

  • 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!