I have been a Career Development Practitioner for 21 years, training at the University of East London to complete a Diploma in Career Guidance and later a Masters in Career Development and Management. It was an inspiring course, and I have always loved working the career sector. When I sit with clients and talk to them about their dreams, fears, barriers and hopes, I feel so privileged and can hardly believe that someone would pay me to do such an interesting job.
Over the years I have always been interested in the theory and skills that can help practitioners to be more effective, and I have studied counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, coaching and mentoring. In recent years I have been responsible for training trainee Careers Advisers and for CPD for qualified Careers Advisers in my organisation, as well as quality standards and performance management. I also work on developing Continuous Improvement for the organisation.
I am a member of the Career Development Institute and a Registered Career Development Professional.
I first started yoga when I was 17. I was so stiff, downward dog was agony. But I carried on practicing, and when I experienced anxiety and depression at university, it was yoga that got me through. This was the point that I started a daily yoga practice, although I can’t say I have kept it up continuously ever since – many things, including children, part-time study, travel and fluctuating levels of motivation have interrupted me along the way! Nevertheless, I have always come back to yoga in times of need, and the difference it makes to my sense of wellbeing, positivity, courage and resilience is immense. I try to practice for at least half an hour every day.
I have done many forms of yoga along the way – Sivananda, Iynengar, Kundalini and many years with Astanga. A turning point for me was doing an intensive Yoga Mind course, with Ade Belcham, and studying the Yoga Sutras for the first time. I realised that it doesn’t matter in yoga how flexible you are or what difficult poses you can do. Yoga is just a way of preparing you for meditation. It’s all about the mind. If you are touching your toes and thinking about your shopping list, you are not really doing good yoga. That very stiff person who cannot touch their toes, but is totally concentrated on their breathing and physical sensations is doing much better yoga! These days I do more of a vinyasa flow style and do a lot more meditation.
I’m not a yoga teacher, but I am very interested in yoga can support career development and in sharing my experiences. Maybe teaching will be a later step on the journey!