Recently, we sat down with Caroline. Before she had children, Caroline had a top-level role in the retail trade. Now, as a young mum of two she was keen to re-enter the workforce, but she wasn’t quite sure what that would look like.
Rachel worked with Caroline to prepare her for going back to work. But, much to Caroline’s surprise, Rachel helped with much more besides. This is Caroline’s story.
The story of the teacher who became the Student
Angie is an experienced teacher who found herself in a position with excellent pay and conditions but where she was very unhappy – feeling undervalued and overworked. Most recently she had been passed over for promotion. Her relationship was suffering and this had sucked all the joy out of her life.
Legal eagle learns to spread her wings
Jennifer is a woman in her late 30’s who had worked long and hard to establish herself as a legal professional. Yet 15 years into her career she was feeling undervalued and demotivated. After years of building up a never ending stream of satisfied clients, she felt constrained by the confines of working to the beat of someone else’s drum. In her own words, she described the frustration with her job as a personality conflict with her boss and thought that perhaps it was time to move on to another role in a different firm. She asked me to help her think through what next for her – was it another job or something else?
Medical professional gives her career a check-up
Sarah is a medical professional with over 25 years experience. She thought she had landed the perfect role in clinical operations management that would take her into senior management. A few weeks into the role and she realised she had signed on for a completely different role than the actual work she was doing. The situation and the relationship with her employer had deteriorated to such a degree that she was on the verge of being exited from the company. Sarah’s confidence in herself was shattered, feeling bewildered about what had happened she felt as if she had lost everything she had worked for – along with her reputation.
Finance star bets it all on a new home in a new country
Anastasia is a new immigrant with a passion for finance. She had left her native country with big dreams of settling in her new country and continuing the stellar career in finance she had worked so hard to create. On arriving in her new country, she immediately encountered barriers to entry. First she had to requalify. Then she had to compete with local talent. Against her was her lack of experience in the local economy; the fact that English was her second language and her lack of a network.
How a builder finally nailed down a great business
Paul is an experienced building contractor with over 30 years in the building industry. Although he had a fine reputation as an excellent builder and had built strong relationships with subcontractors and clients, he was plagued by tyre kickers and dreamers who argued over price, wanting to use short-cuts and poor quality materials to get the job done. From time to time, he would secure work that he loved to do with clients he loved to work with and who saw value for money in the work he did to build their dreams. He also worked 60+ hours a week and although his revenue looked great, his profits were low.