Izzy graduated from the University of Leeds in the summer of 2019 with a 2:1 in Human Geography.
She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next. She had briefly considered teaching training and doing a masters in international development. But deep down she knew she wanted to live in London comfortably and be financially independent from her parents. She decided she wanted to apply for graduate schemes at large companies as the training they offered really appealed to her....
Alfie, uni student
I was studying maths at university. I had just done my first set of exams for my second year and, having done badly, decided that I wanted to retake my second year starting the following autumn.
I was not feeling good about myself; I was not doing productive things, rather spending lots of time staring at screens and trying to ignore the inevitable car crash that was about to happen. I had no real vision for the future which left me feeling uncertain about where I thought I was and where I wanted to be.
On my Mum’s recommendation I decided to do some coaching with Rachel. I hoped that I would be able to gain some perspective about what I wanted to work towards after I finished my degree, and to help me focus on what it was that was stopping me from finding motivation to work.
I found Rachel invaluable with helping me to visualise where I want to be and how to get there. She helped me to think more deeply about my situation, and what it was that I was thinking and feeling. She assisted me greatly with working out what is important to me, the values I hold and the things that I want to do.
Rachel helped me to analyse what exactly it was that I wanted from a career, what kinds of work environments would best suit this, and the skills I have that will be useful in my career. She assisted me with organising my thoughts so that I could set specific goals for what it was that I wanted to achieve, and how to achieve them.
She also helped me to evaluate the habits that I had formed and to look at them more objectively, what was useful and what was holding me back.
Together we came up with ways to make my daily routine more meaningful and enriched, and explored what it was that I wanted to do with my time.
Rachel was always friendly and easy to talk to. She was great at prompting me to come up with my own ideas to solve my problems, including sharing resources to help me think about what we talked about. She maintained a professional atmosphere, and I got the impression that she genuinely cared about everything we talked about.
Now, I am preparing to return to university in the autumn. I am currently reviewing work which I previously missed, and am engaging my mind far more effectively in both my academic work and also in my down time. I am spending less time with technology and instead focusing on creative projects to occupy my spare moments.
I also have in mind a general direction which I might like to explore when I finish my degree, and I have much more clarity about the kind of work environment I would like to be in, and the skills which I would like to bring to it.
After graduating from Oxford Brookes I felt very unsure on what to do and anxious that I would become stuck and unable to move forward with my life.
I had tried looking for jobs myself but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do nor did I know how to approach it in a professional way.
Rachel is really good at helping you pin down what you are strong at and what drives you. She is very helpful in coming up with ideas on the sorts of roles that may suit you but also lets you take the lead and try to find your own way.
I am now much more confident in knowing my strengths in the work environment and knowing what I want from a job. I also feel much more confident in trying to find a job as I know how to promote my skills and experience effectively. I have started applying for jobs and am really happy with my progress.
Josie, school leaver
Before coaching I was very lost in where I wanted to head after school. I felt like everyone had a career path and I just had no clue where or what I wanted to go into.
Coaching has helped me realise my interests and what really drives me to want to take these subjects further into potential careers. It’s also given me a better understanding of uni as well as learning how to research my own interests to gain knowledge of the subjects I’m passionate about to take further than school.
I am now feeling really confident that I have found a degree I’m passionate about and a strong personal statement. I’m excited for university now and motivated to work hard knowing I have a target at the end which I want to reach.
Before I started coaching with Rachel, I was applying for an enormous amount of jobs that I wasn’t even sure I wanted and getting nowhere. I had completed a degree completely unrelated to the field I wanted to go into so felt like it was not possible to follow that route.
Feeling frustrated and a bit lost I chose to have coaching with Rachel to try and figure out some other options and find a job that I could get excited about. Rachel’s coaching helped me to identify that Nutrition was really my passion and she showed me that there are lots of different ways to get involved and experience in the industry. Furthermore, Rachel offered interview preparation and a mock interview for a graduate scheme that I was going for.
Rachel’s extensive interview experience was completely invaluable and I learnt some solid techniques and examples that I will carry through for my interviews in the future. I ended up getting a place on the graduate scheme which I was delighted about! If you have the opportunity to work with Rachel I would definitely recommend it
Chris, career changer
I found myself in a situation where pressures, demands and worries had reached a level I'd not experienced before. Some in my control, some outside my control but the responsibilities of each fell on me. Professionally, I was in an alienated environment and finding it increasingly difficult see the wood for the trees, losing confidence and finding it harder to make decisions.
Coaching got me thinking (and answering!) the key questions in both personal and professional life, about my values, what is important to me, how to regain control, my confidence and ultimately understand what I need to succeed.
Rachel was an independent voice of reason. Non judgemental yet extremely personable. Reassuring and motivating. I always looked forward to my coaching session and each time came away with clarity. For me, at first these were tactical short term victories, but over time, that clarity became more long term.
The coaching I received from Rachel has enabled me to structure my time to tackle things I would have otherwise further procrastinated with.
Often I had the beginnings of ideas as to how I needed to proceed, were it applying for a job, planning my time or making steps towards a decision but until I verbalised these to another person and Rachel questioned my decisions and motivations, I wouldn’t have been able to put them into practice.
Mary-Jane, career changer
Whilst struggling to know what it was that I wanted to do next in my career, Rachel gave me a few coaching sessions to help to understand a bit better what motivates me and what my next steps could be to help me find my next role.
Rachel is an empathetic coach, full of energy, and was really keen to help me to work out what it was I wanted to do. She has a warm style and is genuinely interested in those that she is talking to, which helps you to relax and open up. She helped me to look at things in a more ordered way.