Case Histories

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright

A successful return to work

Anna is a mother of twins and was looking to return to work as her children started school. Before having children, she had worked for many years as a secretary for a chartered surveyor. Anna realized just how far technology had moved on and that much of the secretarial work she had carried out was now redundant. She had little confidence about returning to the workplace and wondered if her skills were still relevant. Kim carried out a skills audit for Anna.

The skills audit focused on Anna’s transferable skills, picked up from years of organising events, managing diaries, and working to tight deadlines. Kim also picked up on Anna’s interest in the property market and the knowledge she had built up while working in a surveyor’s office. Kim used all this information to develop a functional CV. Anna’s confidence was built up via mock interviews, attending networking sessions and completing training courses in Microsoft office suite.

Anna is now happily employed part-time as a lettings agent for a large chain of estate agents.

Learning the value of networking

Peter was a mid-career researcher in a major pharmaceutical company struggling to get back into the work force after being made redundant. Previously, jobs had come very easily to Peter so his confidence was low and he wasn’t convinced of the value of the networking process.

Working with Kim through a step-by-step process, Peter regained confidence in his own abilities and learned the real value of networking meetings, how to approach contacts and how to maintain relationships.

The two-way nature of networking meetings led to an introduction where, although he went through a formal recruitment process, the recommendation by a company insider undoubtedly helped with his application.

Identifying the right career path

Kevin was a recent graduate with a BA in management from a leading UK university. Every summer he had worked with an international student organization. He also founded and ran a student online forum. He wanted to secure a graduate-level position within one of the top investment banks but had not been successful during the graduate recruitment cycle. Kevin had excellent quantitative skills and felt he ought to make a career in banking.

Kim first looked at Kevin’s career motivators via a psychometric assessment and found that he had significant entrepreneurial flair and was particularly motivated by intellectual challenge and variety. Talking through his options, it became clear Kevin was very interested in business development and was passionate about technology. Kim worked with Kevin to tweak his CV and revise his standard application form questions and cover letter, specifically targeting technology companies.

Kevin is now working as a Financial Analyst at Google.

Career Transitions

Frank had been CEO of various SMEs during his career, mostly in retail focusing on the baby products industry. Various life events had made Frank re-evaluate how he wanted to work. Kim and Frank identified and analysed the various career drivers important to him – such as lifestyle, work-life balance, and making use of his considerable industry expertise.

He now writes for, and maintains, a website reviewing baby products.

Refocusing interview skills 

Franco was an Italian Master’s student with excellent analytical skills and an economics degree from the most highly ranked Italian university. He is enormously creative and full of fun and this quality, while extremely endearing, often led him to digress enormously in interviews.

Kim conducted a number of mock interviews and over time Franco learned how to combine his wonderful sense of humour and creativity with intellectual rigour when answering questions as well as remaining structured and concise.

Franco now works for a top consultancy in London.

Learning the value of networking

Peter was a mid-career researcher in a major pharmaceutical company struggling to get back into the work force after being made redundant.  Previously, jobs had come very easily to Peter so his confidence was low and he wasn’t convinced of the value of the networking process.

Working with Kim through a step-by-step process, Peter regained confidence in his own abilities and learned the real value of networking meetings, how to approach contacts and how to maintain relationships.

The two-way nature of networking meetings led to an introduction where, although he went through a formal recruitment process, the recommendation by a company insider undoubtedly helped with his application.

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