Virtual career change
Are you fed up with your job, but have no idea how to get out of the rut you're in? Or perhaps you are afraid to even contemplate change? What if you could hear from a wide range of experts on all aspects of career change for free? Well, now you can.
A new website, Fed up to free at work, has been set up by personal development coaches Kim Parker and Dion Johnson and next week it is hosting a free virtual summit over five days from 18th-24th April. Experts taking part range from leading occupational psychologist Dr Cary Cooper to CV specialist Mildred Talabi.
Each expert will be interviewed for about 45 minutes online. Most of the interviews will have been pre-recorded, but Kim and Dion are encouraging audience interaction through their Facebook page. All sessions are being recorded so that if you miss any of them, you can access them again.
Kim [pictured] says: “Often when you are in a rut you don't know what you need. We want to show people that there are a lot of different things they might want to think about since everyone has different needs and the webinars will give them some ideas on where to start.”
The interviews will cover a broad range of topics, from finding the right career path to practical processes to get what you want.
“The whole thing is about being more conscious about yourself and about drawing out who you are and what makes you tick,” says Kim.
She believes there has never been a better time to rethink your life than now during the recession. “Many people have lost their jobs and a lot of others are staying in their jobs because they are afraid to move,” she says. “They believe there is nothing else they can do. They feel trapped, but that doesn't mean they need to leave their job. It may just mean they need to change the approach to their work, but it is this element of deep internal change that people find tricky.”
Kim knows about this better than most. She used to work full time as a commercial lawyer until around 18 months ago when she realised she wanted to focus more on her coaching work.
Her business partner Dion is a midwife. The two only met a few months ago, but share a similar vision. Their website, which is mainly aimed at professionals who want to get the most out of their lives, launched two weeks ago.
Kim says career change is just a start because if you are fed up in your work it affects all aspects of your life, including your relationships.
She feels there is still a lot of resistance, particularly in the legal profession, to the kind of work she does, although she adds that some “enlightened” firms do promote it. “The legal profession doesn't like to admit things are not always as they would like them to be,” says Kim. “In the legal profession, it is important to depict strength and stand your ground. To ask for help makes a lot of people feel vulnerable and they often don't seek help until it is too late and they are so fed up they just want to leave. I am on a mission to catch people before that happens so they do not have to leave – unless they really want to.”
Fed up to free at work also have plans for a live face to face event in May.