Recently, I was chatting to my hairdresser about the Coaching Skills Programme that I ran in Germany last week. I loved every minute of it – coaching and training is my passion and there I was doing both! She then shared what Billy Elliot in the film replied when being asked: “What does it feel like when you’re dancing?”
“…. I’ve got this fire in my body. I’m just there. Flyin’ like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.”
My hairdresser Jackie said that when she is cutting hair she feels “like electricity”! She gets such a buzz. Katherine and I often talk about how lucky we are to have careers that we love. But hey – we often make our own luck!
Gallup, the Washington, D.C. based polling organization researched employee engagement in 142 countries worldwide from 230,000 full-time and part-time workers found that only 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs.
In the United Kingdom we did fare slightly better with 17% engaged, 57% not engaged and 26% actively disengaged.
So what is the reason that so many people put up with being disengaged at work? Security? Fear of the unknown? Not knowing what options are there for them and what steps they need to take to make the change?
I changed my career in my mid 40s and prior to that I must have driven my family and friends mad with my frustration of not knowing what I really wanted to do. I felt like a square peg in a round hole. One of the clues to finding the perfect career for me was that as a child I loved to solve jigsaw puzzles!
And career coaching is like searching for all the jigsaw pieces and then putting them together without having a picture.
Are you one of the 87%? Are you not engaged or actively disengaged in your work? Do you want to have a new career that will energise you and even feel like electricity?
“The sessions with Lindsey and Katherine helped me regain my focus and enabled me to look forward. In particular, they encouraged me to consider what I was looking for in my next job, how to improve my CV to sell my strengths, and how to have more confidence in my own abilities to achieve my goals. I definitely recommend them”. Stuart Gibbons, Cambridge
Career Ambitions is dedicated to enabling individuals realise their dreams by finding the career that is most suited to them. Contact us via email@example.com or 01223 633535 to see how you can discover your jigsaw pieces enabling you to find the right career for you.