My own career path and how I got into career coaching
Before working in HR/Coaching, I studied hospitality and tourism, and worked as a check-in agent for Air France. After few months being in the job, I realised that I hated that field of work. Hated the long working hours, the shift work, being at the airport the whole day, being hassled by passengers, and the routine of the job, doing the same things day in and day out. I did not have a life outside of work.
One day on my way to work, I was sitting on the night bus, and I thought “enough is enough, I have to find a new career”. I always liked the interaction the HR lady from work had with us, supporting employees, recruiting candidates, training others. As an introvert, I don’t enjoy making the first move and talk to people I don’t really know, so I had to force myself to go and speak to the HR lady, if I wanted to know more about HR. I told her about my plans to change career, and asked her to give me some info about what HR entailed in terms of skills, experiences, and what she studied. Once I was clear about what was HR about, I started looking for HR courses.
While I was looking for courses, an internal vacancy for a part time HR Administrator came up at work. I knew financially it would be difficult but I decided to go for it.
I applied for the job and got the job, but I had a pay cut working part-time. I had to make some financial adjustments to my life, and it was not easy. However, during 1 year and half, I learnt a lot, got new experiences, gained on new skills and new knowledge. I got my HR certification and when I graduated, I started looking for full time jobs.
During those years working in HR, I realised that what I enjoyed the most was coaching managers on employee relations issues, and helping employees with work issues. I also liked coaching hiring managers on interview best practices and coaching candidates to improve their employability.
So when I moved to Madrid in 2015, I decided to focus on coaching international mid-career professionals like me, who are looking for a job change, a career change or career progression. Professionals like you:
- whose job lacks challenge and excitement
- who are feeling unappreciated
- whose development opportunities are limited
- who are no longer having fun
- whose learning is replaced with routine
- whose skills and talents are being wasted
Having made my own career change, I know how it feels to be stuck and frustrated in a job that isn’t right for you. I also know that it can be difficult to make a shift, the challenges, and obstacles you will faced. Career change is not easy but, the change its possible only if you are ready to change the way you think, the way you do things and the way you believe in yourself.
You will of course have people telling you that you have a family to support, you are crazy, you are too old, you have already invested in your studies, you have bills to pay, you don’t have the personality or the skills. However, it’s not because they think this way that you should believe that this is true.
Life is too short to be stuck in something you don’t like and something that doesn’t represent who you are.
As a career coach and career consultant, I help you build confidence and self-assurance to find a fulfilling career based on your skills, interests, knowledge, and values.
I believe that finding a job that is aligned with who you are, will help you grow professionally and personally, ultimately be happier and more engaged at work.
I am genuinely interested and driven to help you find the right direction, identify a rewarding career and make a career change. I apply highly effective frameworks, principles and coaching techniques to empower you and optimise your opportunities for success.
So if you are ready to take the jump, prepared to be guided and supported through your journey, give me a shout.
Taking the time to get it right could be life changing.
Sylvia Nicolas – Certified Career Coach and Career Consultant.