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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, Developing Coaches - ACT Training, Executive Coaching, Getting Unstuck coaching

    How Did You Get Stuck? Gradually then Suddenly.

    In Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises one character asks:

    How did you go bankrupt?”

    “Two ways, gradually then suddenly” comes the reply.

    And in a nutshell that explains how so many of us get trapped in career paralysis.

    No one plans to get stuck in a job they hate.  Most of us make a series of what seemed like rational, logical decisions to get where we did.  We did what was expected, followed the advice we were given, took the opportunities available and ended up stuck in a job that leaves us counting the minutes til 6pm.

    How does this happen?  Gradually and then suddenly.

    We make a decision to take a job because that’s all there is available.  Some of us thought the job might sound good at dinner parties.  We take another similar job because it’s better paid.  And then another because we hope to get away from that awful boss.  Then we stay in the job because moving would surely be too difficult now…

    None of these decisions is a bad decision per se.  But taken together they reflect a ‘safety first’ bias whose short term costs are hard to detect but whose long term costs bring a creeping sense of meaninglessness.

    If we can bring ourselves to face the pain we are experiencing – instead of numbing it as usual –  we usually discover that our decisions have nearly all been made in the service of one overriding goal: the avoidance of pain.

    As Jim Loehr says in the Power of Story:

    “We look out of the airplane window reviewing our belief system and realise that it’s an anti-belief system, a rejection of our values…We don’t see the consequences of one bad decision – I’ll eat this, I won’t go for a run tonight, I’ll take this job and pay off my loans, this job will give me confidence.  But each decision makes it less likely we’ll do the ideal, and the effect mounts”.

    How then can we get unstuck?  Well there is no instant fix, even though minds like the idea of instant fixes.

    Getting unstuck happens in the same way as getting stuck does, through a series of small decisions and actions, but tentatively moving towards our values, rather than just avoiding pain and discomfort.

    Gradually, then suddenly.

    gradually then suddenly

     

  • Career Change

    Paul McCartney and Doubt

    I recently went to go and see Paul McCartney play live – actually twice – in Winnipeg and London’s O2 arena.  All the old hits were there including Hey Jude, Lady Madonna, Yesterday, All My Loving, Eleanor Rigby, Blackbird, Band on the Run and Let it Be.

    Imagine writing all these songs before you hit 30…