International Women’s Day is here again and the world has had quite a shake-up since the last one! The theme is fitting for this new world we find ourselves navigating, with a focus on Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 World.
Firstly, I want to virtually high-five all the ladies who have been the unsung leaders at home over the last 12 months. The women who had to put their careers on hold for whatever reason, while taking on the unpaid (and often unappreciated) role of homeschool teacher, mum, chef, cleaner, and much, much more. I see you!
And let’s go ahead and put “AN EQUAL FUTURE” in big, bold capital letters. I think we need to seriously acknowledge that when we talk about this during IWD, it’s not just about the inequality in pay and power — though...
Frustrated with sending out your CV and hearing nothing back? Losing patience with recruiters who take a lot of your time, but give very little away?
The last year has been exceptionally tough for so many of us. Jobs lost, hours cut, careers put on hold without warning. For a lot of us, there’s no time to lose in finding a new source of stable income.
Tiptoeing around the issues isn’t going to land you a new job. So I’m going to be honest and direct.
Your hard work is what’s going to land you that role. Sorry to burst the bubble, but in this game, there are no magic quick-fix money-makers.
Ready to get serious about getting employed? Learning to avoid these all-too-common mistakes is a solid step 1.
Mistake 1: Thinking it’s a recruiter’s job to find you work
I’m a recruiter turned career coach, so I’ve seen both sides of the fence.
I can tell you, hand on heart, what so many people don’t...
Do you have a dream?
Of course you do. We all dream — it’s part of the human condition. But for some reason, when it comes to our careers, many of us think we don’t have it in us to turn our dreams into reality.
I see it all the time with my clients, and I get it. Because I was once in the same place.
For over a decade of my working life, I believed my dream career was out of reach. Sometimes, I allowed myself to think — and daydream! — about it, and I’d let my thoughts run away from me for a while. But then my logical brain would kick in, and I’d push the thoughts and dreams away and return to the humdrum of daily life. I’d tell myself: Don’t be so bloody stupid! Dreams like that don’t come true — or at least they can’t come true for me.
Hindsight is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? The truth was: I had no idea how to make my dream happen, so I just tried to get on with my life. And the problem was: I had a...
Right now, I’m in the middle of relocating from the mountains of Italy to Sardinia for the summer.
Every year, my little family makes the seachange so we can soak up the sunshine after a long, snowy winter.
The ability to do this was my partner’s longtime dream — and needless to say, I was happy to go along with it!
While I was getting ready for the move, I started thinking about dreaming and how it’s part of the human condition.
It’s what motivates us and drives us towards what we want in the future.
And we have the power to turn our dreams into reality. We really do!
Just the other day, I had an interesting chat with a young girl who is also heading to Sardinia to work in a local restaurant.
Last year, she holidayed there and fell in love with it (but not with the guy she’d gone there to see!). After her two-week stay, she was really sad to leave.
She told herself: “I want to go back and live in Sardinia...
Five weeks in, and lockdown life is officially the new normal for me — and millions of people around Italy and the world. I’ve not only accepted it, but I’ve become conditioned to this weird way of living.
Just the other day, I said to my partner: “Oh, I could do with a few more weeks of full-on lockdown because I finally have the time to go through my to-do list.”
For those of you who don’t know, I spend most of winter living in a tiny little village perched on the Northern Italian mountain of Alpe di Mera. When I say it’s remote, I mean it (check out the pic above). When the snow hits, the only way in or out is via a snowmobile or chairlift!
My family escaped to the mountain when my daughter’s childcare center closed seven weeks ago. We haven’t left since, and the biggest thing I’m feeling is gratitude.
I’m very lucky to be quarantined here. We have lots of space, and since it’s so remote, we can...
The coronavirus is spreading across the world — and so is a sense of uncertainty. Living in Italy, I’ve definitely felt that over the past few weeks, but I’m trying to stay positive knowing that if we all do our bit now, this whole thing will pass so much sooner.
But what does the pandemic mean for your career?
If you were job hunting or preparing for a career move or change before the outbreak, you might be wondering if you should continue or put it on hold for now.
Here’s what I know: In uncertain times, companies are more hesitant to hire and the market is likely going to slow down, no matter what industry you’re in. But you shouldn’t pause your career dreams and goals.
While this pandemic may be unprecedented, the world has gone through market slowdowns before. And what happens? We bounce back — often bigger and stronger than before.
So, let’s look at this downtime as an opportunity to get really clear on what you want, and put...
Happy International Women’s Day!
In the spirit of celebrating women, I want to talk a little bit about why an equal world is an enabled world.
Individually, we're responsible for our own thoughts and actions — all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden our perceptions, improve situations and recognise women's achievements.
And there’s power in numbers! As the IWD site says, collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world.
Now, equality is a huge topic that we can never deep dive into in one blog post.
From a career perspective, we can all agree that women are far from being equal to men in terms of pay, recognition, and so on. But ladies, we’re getting there — and if we can pull together and support, build up and inspire each other and the younger generations of women, I think we’ll get there a lot faster.
I’ve never been a patient person or the type to wait around for...
Some people love January — they think it’s a time to refresh and reset. Some people like June, when the first signs of summer start to show and everything feels easy and breezy again.
For me, it’s February.
It’s always been a fabulous month for me, and the month where new things happen.
As a career coach, I know I probably should say January is my favourite month. I’ve written blogs about how January is a great time to assess your situation, review your goals, and kick-start the year in a positive way. But if you’re familiar with my work, you’ll know that I’m also very firm about one thing: If you don’t get to something in January, that’s no reason to give up.
That’s why I look at January as a warm up, and February as the time to truly make things happen.
And on a personal note, February has been something of a lucky month for me.
The February that changed my career — and life
You might be wondering what...
It’s a new year, and many people are inspired to make a fresh start or shake things up a little. It’s also a time when we look at our careers and think about the changes we’d like to make and the milestones we want to achieve. You might be hoping to switch jobs, go for that promotion or pay rise, or even do a complete career 180.
I see this every year, and I’ve also noticed the one thing that holds people back from turning these grand ideas into a reality and moving forward in their career. And that’s confidence.
A lack of confidence in ourselves, our abilities and our work can prevent us from building the career we deserve!
It can stop us from asking for a raise, applying for that promotion or pursuing new and exciting career opportunities. Why? Because we don’t believe we can do it.
But here’s the thing: It’s up to you to create the career you want. It’s up to you to change your situation if you’re not entirely happy. No...
When I first started working all I wanted was to be successful.
The only problem was, I didn’t know what that looked or felt like.
Well, I knew what successful people looked like, but they tended to be movie stars.
They made success look bloody good.
I daydreamed glitzy images: smart suits for the guys, glamour and sophistication for the gals, trendy city offices, nice cars, fancy houses, always a good-looking other half, cocktails in chic bars.
That’s happiness, right?
Actually, I hadn’t thought much about how happiness figured in all of this.
In my mind, if I worked hard, there was no question that I’d be successful. I just needed to get a job, put my head down and get on with it. If I did well, I’d keep getting promoted and climb up the ladder till I’d made it.
And that’s where the glamour and sophistication would kick in and the handsome guy would appear at my side. Boom, I’d have nailed it!
Maybe I’d watched too many movies,...