Hi and welcome to Job Search Mentoring.com
My name is Anthony, and I'm the developer and owner of this website.
I'd like to share a little of my story with you....some of my own career history and experiences, how and why I became a careers adviser, and what motivated me to establish this website.
Being a job search coach and careers adviser, you might expect that I've had a perfectly planned career, and that everything turned out exactly as I planned. Sounds good, right? But the reality has been somewhat different.
Yes......at times I've set some quite specific goals about my career direction. At other times in my career I have simply drifted along and settled into a comfortable rut, letting external forces influence my life and career.
Also, at times, I have identified and taken action on professional development opportunities to enable me to progress in my career. And.... generally speaking, I have been reasonably successful in achieving what I set out to do.
One thing for sure is.....I've had a lot of jobs!
My goal in this website is to help others become entirely self sufficient, and confident in managing their career and being able to implement a successful job search strategy.
I'll achieve this by sharing with you what I know, have learned and personally experienced about career management planning, and how to implement an effective job search strategy.
Anyway.....back to my story!
I've also made some really rotten career choices, in particular those made on impulse. I've certainly jumped into a career change opportunity, more than once in fact, that proved not to be as good an opportunity as I'd thought.
Had I done my due diligence things may have turned out quite differently for me in my career and life, I'm sure!
Please don't get me wrong here. I'm not having a whinge about my life and career. On the contrary, I've been blessed in my life.
But..... I've learned a lot along the way (and am still learning) about things that can contribute to what I know about how to enjoy a rewarding career, and more broadly to how to live a truly fulfilling life.
I want to share my knowledge with you in the hope that it will assist you with you own career/life journey.
What I want to share with you on this website is my own personal experience in job search, and the insights I've gained about what is involved in effective career management.
When I finished school I had no idea about the type of job or career that I wanted. This I have since learned is a very common situation - most people don't know what to do with their lives. This in turn means it is very difficult to makedecisions about what work they want to do, or career path they wish to follow.
So.....like many people, my early career decisions were based on what might please my parents.
My parents advised me to go to college and study, and then get a secure job with a good employer..... working for someone like the government, or one of the big banks.
I chose to study part time and did in fact start my career in a bank right after leaving high school. At that stage I wasn't thinking in terms of career, it was just my job. The work was sort of ok - boring at times, but hey the pay was regular!
In my late 20s I was transferred into the bank's training and development department and this proved to be a major turning point in my life and career.
Note: The decision for me to work in this new area was made by my employer, not me!
Without giving this any major thought I chose to go along with this - in effect handing over responsibility for my career to others!!
In my experience as a careers advisor and job search coach I have discovered that this is quite common in people. That is, people end up in jobs or careers because others have suggested it might be a good idea, rather than any considered planning or evaluation of the opportunity on their part.
Has this happened to you? How did it work out? Did other people in fact know what was best for you?
I was initially very reluctant to go into the training and development field, mainly because I was a little shy, and had a dreadful fear of public speaking - this of course being a key requirement of the job.
The first 6 months in that job were just awful, and even today I'm not sure why I stuck it out.
Developing the skills of helping other adults to learn proved to be enormously challenging, as was overcoming the fear of standing up in front of groups of people, large and small, and facilitating training sessions.
Bit by bit however things began to change.....I started to enjoy what I was doing. A lot of the training I was required to conduct related to helping others to develop many of the key skills required in life and career. Things like:
I began to take a deep interest in the field of psychology. I also started to extensively read success literature; I was intensely curious about success principles and attitudes, and began to incorporate these sorts of concepts in my courses, and also began to apply them in my own life.
The whole area of marketing was another area of keen interest, and in particular the "how to" of influencing and persuasion. I recently heard someone describe the field of marketing as being the art of influencing people's perceptions. This of course is directly relevant to self marketing and job search.
In summary, I found the field of training and development to be stimulating and exhilarating - it was enormously gratifying to me to be able to play some small part in helping others to be all that they could be in their lives...... and actually getting actual feedback from people that I'd helped them in some way.
The result of all of this personal and professional development, which happened in my late 20s and early 30s, was that I took my first ever, conscious, career decision. This was to leave the security of banking, and to make the field of adult training and development the focus of my career.
Training and development became my area of professional specialisation. I worked professionally as a trainer in a number of industries:
In several roles I also had senior management responsibility for the training/human resources functions in the organisations that I worked for.
For a time I also worked as a professional recruitment consultant in the IT industry. This gave me terrific insights into the importance of how candidates approached their self marketing, and to learn about hiring practices.
Along the way I relocated my family several times to pursue my career, so I also have personal experience with issues related to relocation and its affect on family.
In the late 90s I decided to acquire formal qualifications to enable me to practice as a personal counsellor. My intention originally was to set up a private practice as a relationships counsellor.
While attending a professional development course for counsellors, and as a result of networking with another participant, I was given the opportunity to work in the career transition field, working as an outplacement consultant.
Not familiar with the term outplacement? Well it means this.....organisations like the one I worked for, exist to assist people to find a job.
My clients were exclusively people who had lost their jobs due to redundancy or retrenchment who required assistance to find another job. The organisation that I worked for however did not find the work for our clients. Rather, we coached them in how to find work for themselves.
What's the saying?
"Give a person a fish and they'll eat for a day, teach them to fish and they'll eat for the rest of their lives".
This approach of teaching others how to be self sufficient in managing their careers and job search is central to my philosophy as a careers adviser.
And that's how I got started as a job search coach, more than 10 years ago.
Since then I've worked full time as a careers adviser for a university working with graduates and post graduates, including PhDs. I assist them to prepare career management plans and coach them in job search techniques.
I also have my own part-time business as a careers adviser and job search coach. This involves working with clients face to face, but I also engage with clients through this website, which I established in March 2010.
Well......my own career management plan involves setting up a source of income that will leave me financially independent.
This in turn will mean that I don't have to rely on the whims of an employer, if I don't wish to, for my financial security.
Developing my own website presented its own range of challenges, not the least that I had little idea about how to go about it.
I certainly did my homework before getting started and made some extremely useful discoveries about developing a website, and how to develop a profitable online business.
One thing is certain, if I can do this you could too......if you were interested in developing some financial independence and lifestyle freedom of choice. If you're interested here's how I got started.
Some of the beliefs and philosophies that underpin my approach as a job search coach and careers adviser are:
To summarise what this website is about, and my approach to job search mentoring, I'd like to paraphrase "teach a man to fish" - find a person a job and they will have work for today, teach a person how to find a job and they'll always have the ability to find employment.
My goal for this website is to provide you with comprehensive information and access to resources that will assist you to prepare your own career management plan and the tools to implement your plan, which would usually involve preparing a job search strategy.
Thank you for taking time to read my story! If you would like to contact me about a career related or job search strategy question, please use the form below.
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