Welcome to the new-look Making Careers Work website!

The next step in the journey

If you’ve visited this site before, you’ll notice that it’s had a bit of a facelift to make it easier to navigate and hopefully to be a source of inspiration and ideas and resources for clients past and present (and future!).  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can provide it, or if you have any recommendations of things to add, then I’d love to hear about them.

The other thing you’ll notice is that I’ve widened the range of clients I work with. Many of the people who ask for my help are searching for careers that sit well with their personal values. They want to be able to carve out a meaningful career that makes the best possible use of their skills and strengths and enable them to take a pride in their achievements.

I’ve worked with a lot of mums to date to help them do just that. But over the last few months, I’ve also been approached by more and more dads out there who are either at home with the children, have reduced their own working hours to take on a share in childcare, or are concerned that their increasingly demanding jobs are already eating into precious family time. And it’s not just parents that are looking for alternative working patterns, and nor should it be.  Clearly, the times are changing, and in my view that’s great for all concerned. After all, aren’t we all in this together? It would be too easy to continue to pigeonhole aspirations for more flexible working and value-driven careers as purely a ‘mums’ issue, which unfortunately makes them all too easy to side-line.

I also think that it is so important for graduates and those starting out on their careers to have access to some independent support. I’ve really loved working with some great students recently, and helping them to create practical action plans to help them get their first roles in careers that they will enjoy and will set them on a path to achieve their ambitions.

So, what will Making Careers Work be focusing on now?

  • Things not right at work? If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and need some support then I’ll work with you to identify what the issues are. Small tweaks in what you do already can make a big difference or you may want to explore the feasibility of a total career change.
  • Flexible working – how to ask for it, how to create the opportunities for it, how to get the balance right for you and your family.
  • Getting back to work after a career break – building up confidence and skills to give yourself the best chance of finding the job you’ll love.
  • Working for yourself – you may be doing it already and want to do it better or perhaps it’s something you dream about.
  • Organising co-working days to recreate an office buzz for go-it-aloners – our informal ‘Jelly’ days for local freelancers, home workers and small business owners are proving a great success.
  • I continue to offer mums local, affordable, pragmatic support to help them make the right choices, whether around managing their pregnancy at work, making the most of maternity leave, returning to their pre-baby workplace or starting out in a completely different direction. There’s a growing volume of information, research and services for working mums and on the website and in this blog I’ll be reviewing and sharing the most interesting and valuable resources.

In addition to all the above, I’m also hoping to build on the number of events I’m offering. These include group workshops to discover an alternative career, programmes for people looking to start up their own business and career surgeries to help people focus on their job search. I am always open to putting together bespoke events for local businesses, organisations and existing groups such as NCT, schools or just a few friends in a similar situation.

It’s been a big decision to broaden out my range of services and extend my client base in this way, but I’m sure it’s the right one. I’m really looking forward to the next part of my own journey, which I think will be beneficial for all my clients.

Please do keep in touch and share this blog and the site with friends, family and colleagues. More to follow (but not too often ;o))

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