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Since the first introduction to Nigel Cowdery in 2005 my career and opportunities to progress has been substantially enhanced. The tools and training Nigel prepared me with has greatly assisted me to prepare and deliver myself as a professional and worthy candidate when exploring the job market.
I was working as an independent technical computer consultant in banks all over the world writing and maintaining software. I was introduced to The Career Practice in April 2011 when I was out of work not knowing what to do next.
I had spent thirty plus years as an IT Consultant, Project Manager or Project Director. I was becoming tired of the lack of vitality and excellence of an industry that is becoming decadent. I was also tired of the box ticking and office politics which is pervading the industry. I was looking for a change.
If you’re searching for the next step in your career development, I have the utmost confidence in recommending Career Practise.
I was looking to take my career to the next step and beyond. Having run my own strategic, financial and management consultancy firm for 11 years I needed to take expand and grow to the next level of work that I could undertake, My roles were mainly at Head of Finance level, however I knew where I wanted to be in terms of running a department and moving to Assistant Director and above level but just needed a plan on how to achieve this. I’d heard about the Career Practice and their reputation for helping people not only towards their goals, but also developing themselves . I wanted to know if they could deliver the same results for me.
The difficulty in career progression is to surpass prejudices and poor self-perception. I had been in public sector for some time and was following the usual self-fulfilling prophecy: “I will never get out of here and get the job I really want”. But instead of digging that hole I took the first step out: I met with the bunch at The Career Practice. What they did is simple: they made me project myself into my dream job. More, they helped me project THAT winning image of myself rather than my usual doom and gloom. And it worked: I am going where I wanted to go and I know this only a step in my new fulfilling career.
A friend introduced me to the Career Practice during summer 2010 when I was considering moving onto a new role. At that time I had been with the same organisation for quite a long time and I felt the need to assess my desired next steps and to redefine my brand before getting out there into the marketplace. My sessions with the Career Practice allowed me to understand the way that I needed to communicate in order for companies to understand my value to them, and they provided me with the confidence to do just that. My time spent with Denise and Nigel gave me the strength and the vision to change my situation and to move in a completely new direction. I not only found a new position but, much more importantly, came to understand what I wanted from my career. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with The Career Practice and intend to keep doing so for the rest of my career. I am also incredibly grateful to Denise and to Nigel for their ideas and constant support and can unreservedly recommend them to anyone looking to go through a similar experience as I did.
A financial advisor recommended forecasting the means required to keep my dependants and my lifestyle aspirations where I wanted them. Proactive career management was evidently the best (legal) means to achieve that! I looked up Nigel who I had encountered in a previous incarnation and thus came across The Career Practice.
I was working as a deputy facilities manager at a large bank and I kept looking at people above me on the careers ladder, thinking, I could do their job, and be better at it, but I just didn’t know how to make it happen!!
By the time I found Nigel and Denise I was in a place where most people find themselves after looking for a new job for some time. I was frustrated with the job market and recruiters who over promised and under delivered every time. I started to dumb down my searches and was willing to take anything to move from my current position, which could have been career suicide.
I had a wide-ranging work history covering a number of sectors and disciplines; finance, entertainment, marketing, property, communications. When I recently wanted to reassess my career options, I felt I had masses to offer, but knew I was a ‘challenge’ for prospective employers .