My career surgery session came at the perfect time for me as a new mum who is at a crossroads with her career. With many thoughts flying around my (quite tired!) head, it was a tonic to speak calmly to Frances about my concerns and hopes for the future. What I happily realised was I'm not alone with my hopes, fears and confusion around returning to work and that it is achievable to find a balance with working and having a family. In a very short amount of time I already feel clearer and more confident about my next steps so thank you Frances!
Frances kindly offered Busy Lizzy members a free 20 minute career surgery session, which I took her up on, and surprisingly (given the brevity of the session) came away with a whole host of excellent recommendations to focus my post-maternity leave job-hunt! Frances' advice covered (i) making my CV look more professional; (ii) increasing my social media presence through LinkedIn; and (iii) developing a networking strategy. I put into practice all her advice and within days noticed an impact - ex-colleagues contacting me directly about jobs they were recruiting for; senior staff at my targeted employers responding to my LinkedIn messages suggesting that we meet up. I'm feeling much more confident about my job search thanks to Frances and would recommend her services to anyone looking for some focussed or in-depth career coaching.
I had decided to set up my own business to work around family commitments. I was nervous and not sure where to start in the process. I met with Frances who made me feel this really was the right decision for me to make and that I could do this. She gave me invaluable advice on where to start and what processes I would need to think about to prepare me for the launch of my business. We talked through my plans and where I could go from here. I am now feeling confident, excited and more prepared about what is ahead.
Frances helped me immensely at a recent career surgery session. She helped me get to the crux of my key concerns around getting back to work after my maternity leave, and then offered a structured approach to solving the challenge. I left feeling excited and motivated to find my next role. Frances is extremely positive and has the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. I would recommend her to anyone who needs support regarding their next career move.
Thank you for your time yesterday. I have discussed your suggestions with my husband last night, sent my revised working hours to my boss and got it approved this morning. We had not even thought about a more flexible approach to my working hours. This means Helena only needs to go to nursery 2.5 days and has an additional afternoon with me. Thank you very much for your help.
The career surgery session I had with Frances were a great help to prepare for my return to work conversation. With Frances' great questions and compassionate advice based on oodles of experience in the subject I was able to define my non-negotiables and come up with a plan and structure for the conversation. I felt confident in my position as a mama returning to work thanks to her career surgery.