Managing Your Own Career

Don't allow your working life to become a daily grind, make each day count by maximising your success and satisfaction at work.

The work Christine did with me was invaluable, as it made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and how I could work to maximise and overcome them, respectively.”

Henry, Career Coaching client

The aim of these services is to help you reach the work goals, and to some extent the life goals, you want to achieve, so that you can truly thrive.
Specifically, this can include:

  • setting work and career goals that are right for you now
  • making the right career decision
  • managing the challenges of professional life effectively
  • building on strengths and managing your areas for development
  • developing and maintaining sufficient motivation and focus to reach your goals
  • recognising the value of what you have  and identifying those elements that you want to keep in your working life
  • achieving work-life integration instead of chasing  work-life balance that is often unattainable

What makes Doherty Stobbs different from other career management companies?

Our approach is to draw upon the evidence base of occupational and organisational psychology, utilise the insights gained from our counselling and management experience and take a coaching approach to motivate you to get things done!  Following assessment, we can also undertake careers coaching and executive coaching for people with neurodiverse profiles with the objective of improving their understanding of themselves and enhancing their capability.  

Understand yourself and your goals

Our individual Career Management programme is tailored to your needs and designed to give you a good understanding of your strengths and areas for development and how they play out in the workplace.  The use of psychometrics and in-depth dialogue with an experienced careers coach bring to the fore issues that may be blocking your progress.  We can help you gain insight into what you would help you to develop going forward. 

Thriving in your career typically involves the interrelation of many different factors.   Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of work environment am I likely to thrive in?
  • What sort of tasks will energise me?
  • Is this the right job for me – do the demands of the job match my strengths and is it compatible with my values?
  • Do I have the right personality for this type of work – what are the up and down-sides?
  • Does this work align with my personal life?
  • How can I enhance my effectiveness at work?
  • How might other people see me at work and is that holding me back?
  • How do I like to be led? What is my own leadership style?
  • What do I need to do to improve my chance of getting an interview?
  • How should I handle an interview?
  • What is an assessment centre like?
  • What job can I do with these qualifications?
  • Is my CV up to scratch?
  • How can I increase my personal effectiveness?

Our approach is grounded and practical. We will work with you in a way that will help provide you with answers to these questions and that is relevant to you. You may want a career change, but have little idea of what you would like to do; we can help you identify the career areas and occupations for which you would be most suited. We can also give you information on training. Basically, we will provide the career information that you will need to make the most of your new insight, and the process will also give you the impetus for action that will get you where you want to be.

A good way of judging whether a work environment and/or job role is right for you is to ask yourself the questions, "Can I bring my whole self to work and feel that my personal qualities and skills are valued?"

With the working world rapidly changing, gaining insight into yourself will give you a competitive edge.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Christine Stobbs for a free telephone consultation.

The section below outlines the broad concerns and issues that people bring to us.

This service is designed for individuals looking to start their career, switch careers or jobs, handle redundancy constructively, or seriously re-consider earlier decisions and current career paths.
For example:

  • “I am looking to change direction, but to what?”
  • "My parents want me to be a GP, but I really want to go into IT.  Which career am I most suited to?"
  • “I think I know what career I want to change to, but I am not sure if it’s realistic?”
  • “I'm not happy in my current job, but I am not sure whether I should change careers, or just change employer?”
  • “I’ve been out of the workplace for several years due to my family commitments. What are my options now?”

The focus of this intervention is on your effectiveness at work.  In practice, it’s about learning about yourself, your strengths and career development needs, and then what you can do about those development needs. The service is grounded in psychometrics, development of self-awareness and makes full use of a coaching approach.
For example:

  • "I have progressed well in my career, but I need to work on some issues to really move forward to the next stage."
  • "My last appraisal was disappointing; I want to work on the issues identified."
  • "I think I am in the right sort of job, but I just can't get on with my boss. How can I deal with this effectively?"
  • "I have been identified as a high flyer. How can I make the most of the opportunity I have now?"

This is really designed for individuals who are feeling ambivalent about their working life. There is nothing particularly wrong with their work, but it’s no longer exciting; doesn’t give the same buzz.

Typical issues people bring to us include -

  • "I feel bored. Nothing seems to interest or excite me."
  • "I feel at a loose end career-wise."
  • "I no longer know what I want."

We will help you to identify what makes you tick, what energises you, what turns you off and exhausts you, and link that to career choice, goal setting and action.

Lack of confidence impacts on most of us at some time in our working lives, for example, when starting a new job.  For others, it can be more acute or more long standing.  A degree of humility is can be a positive asset, at least in many circumstances, but a lack of self-belief can significantly hold back our career.  Typical manifestations of a lack of confidence might include  not feeling good enough (imposter syndrome); an overly perfectionist attitude that can make us struggle with decision-making; becoming very risk averse and not seeking out or embracing the opportunities available to us.

 Many situations can cause a decrease in confidence at work, such as, a setback in one’s personal life – divorce, bereavement;  a return to work after a long gap, perhaps due to raising a family or ill-health;  wanting to forge a career in an organisation or job role which does not typically employ “many people like me” – ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability .   Crossing this type of boundary can be challenging and lead some people to doubt themselves. 

Through coaching from Christine, who has pushed through her own glass  ceiling, we will help you to identify what may be holding you back, how you can challenge that internal critic, to know your negative triggers and how you can ignore them and push on anyway.  Once we have helped you to figure things out, we like the phrase ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ (Susan Jeffers), and we can support and encourage you to do that. 

Disability is an umbrella term for a very broad range of conditions that make functioning in certain contexts difficult.  Mostly when people think about disability, they relate it to somebody being in a wheelchair, but some disabilities are invisible, such as dyslexia or chronic pain; and some are less easily understood by others, for example, Tourette Syndrome. 

Working in a vocational rehabilitation capacity with disabled people, we have a good understanding and insight into the way disability can, and frequently does, impact on individuals in the workplace.  All people are different, so the issues will be different, but many of the principles around addressing those issues are the same.  Now, in the time of COVID-19, although the Work From Home  culture seems to be taking off, while this resolves some issues for some disabled people, it can make things even more challenging for others.

We can also utilise our own knowledge base on specific services for people with disabilities and our knowledge of the Equality Act 2010.  We are frequently called upon to recommend reasonable adjustments in the workplace and we also deliver training on what the Equality Act means for employers and employees.  Our work with employers in recruitment and selection means we understand work performance requirements and what reasonable adjustments may be necessary to meet them.

People in senior positions, whether a senior partner in a legal or accountancy firm or the director of  a FTSE 350, generally have support and development needs that are different to those in more junior positions.  The environments they need to navigate are often more complex, the opportunities for action greater, and the scope for getting it wrong (for the individual and the organisation) more critical.  In our experience:

  • Continued success at a senior level generally places much greater emphasis on emotional intelligence and self-awareness
  • Adapting leadership style becomes vitally important
  • Huge adjustment issues may be required if an abrupt change in circumstances or seniority is required, such as a promotion or change in role
  • Confidentiality may also be a greater concern - for example, a high profile CEO
  • Credibility and awareness of the coach is important

Quite often, because of their position, senior people frequently lack peers and colleagues within the workplace with whom they can discuss career-related issues, the 'loneliness of the long distance runner' syndrome.

Typical concerns that people have brought to us include:

  • "I want to move on to the next level, but need to get an objective assessment of my strengths and what I should focus my development on."
  • “I have been very successful, but I am now looking for the next energising challenge”
  • “I have been very ambitious, think I still am, but my values have changed and I'm looking to identify the next stage”
  • “This redundancy has really knocked the stuffing out of me, and I'm not sure what I want to do next”

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts!” - John Wooden
Our executive coaching and career development programmes are very much tailored to the individual and can range from a focus on leadership development to increasing self-awareness of what went wrong (e.g. management derailers and pitfalls), to identifying and acting upon key personal values.

Career programmes we offer

  • Flexible careers counselling / executive coaching sessions dealing with any of the above themes
  • Structured career change programme - "Where do I go from here?", a programme for individuals and also available in workshops. [Read more...]
  • Services underpinned by scientifically validated psychometrics, providing reliable and insightful information to help you develop and providing you with written feedback reports.
  • Appointments currently being offered via video conferencing platforms with all psychometrics conducted online. 
  • An energised and motivated you, equipped with the right tools to make the best careers decisions and empowered to handle workplace challenges and opportunities productively!