After seven years working for the same company, I found myself at a cross roads with some time to reflect on what I really wanted to do with my career. I was struggling to figure out whether I should, and could, do more of what I love by pivoting towards a new role entirely. Alison helped me better understand my true values and skills, and what this new role might look like. I used this framework for decision making: to identify the right job role, ask the right interview questions and decide on a role when a number of offers were on the table.
I’m happy to say I’ve now found what I believe to be a fantastic job, company and people to work with. I also believe that these align closely with my values and strengths. I will be taking on a new role entirely so it is a risk – but even if I fail, I will be one step closer to doing what I believe I ought to be doing.
Over the past year, Alison has helped me to challenge and overcome the real and perceived barriers to my career development. Her practical and personalised advice has been pivotal in helping me to get on the right track and secure a new opportunity to further my career. I continue to find Alison’s support really valuable and thoroughly recommend her to anyone looking to develop or change their career.
Ian Russell, 46
I was in a classic mid-life crisis situation when I was introduced to Alison by a friend of mine. I was stuck in a job that I didn’t have any affinity with and was beginning to doubt that I was even capable of doing it – I wanted to change but had no idea of what to do next.
Alison led me through a series of simple exercises that got to the heart of what I really like to do, what transferrable skills and identifed job options that would give me the work life balance that I craved. The end result has helped me tremendously in two ways, firstly by identifying a path that I can follow to change my career and secondly to help me rediscover my own self confidence to help me formulate the best decision career-wise going forward.
I couldn’t have done this without Alison’s help and she has been with me every step of the way. In a few short months I feel far more empowered and confident going forward and I know now that with her as my guide I will find a job that I can happily finsh my working life doing.
I would recommend anyone who is in the same situation I was in to use Alison to help them out – she is that good!
Before working with Alison I felt at a complete loss with my career path, doubted my own abilities and even doubted my capability to make a decision that would be right for me. Alison helped me realise that I had my own unique strengths and values that until now, I hadn’t even really acknowledged on a conscious level. Uncovering these and being able to discuss them with someone as patient, understanding and supportive as Alison really helped bring these to the forefront of my mind. I found that I could make decisions with more confidence and really begin to understand why I make the choices I make. Alison helped me challenge my own negative ways of thinking and to realise that even a failure can be a success. Thank you Alison!
I’ve gone through a life-changing career transformation since November and I honestly couldn’t have done it without coaching. Luckily for me serendipity delivered Life Coach Alison O’Leary into my world at just the right time. If you’re going through a life or career change then I believe you’ll benefit from the guidance of a life coach. The value will astound you and help you evolve and emerge Be good to yourself
Hannah Fletcher, 34
For me Ali is the best kind of fairy godmother. She won’t wave a magic wand and give you an impractical pair of glass slippers. Instead she will give you the tools to create and build your own path to your own happiness. Working with Ali really helped me to explore how I think and how I can create a happy future for myself. It’s an exciting and challenging process that can have fabulous outcomes.
Alison was an amazing help to me when my industry was going through great changes and I was being pulled into doing more marketing work, instead of the media relations and overall reputation building work that I love. She empowered me to ‘live true’ by allowing myself to gravitate more towards the clients and projects that ‘felt right’. Within a very short time frame I was able to clearly see that the work I excelled at doing, was also the work that I enjoyed doing most.
At the same time, Alison also stretched me to think about ways I could turn some of my hobbies, such as writing, into a potential second career. Even helping me to come up with an amazing brand for a blog, based on my passions, and – most impressive of all – an available domain name to go with it. I can’t thank Alison enough for being a friendly lifeline out of the hole I’d dug myself into at a time when I really needed it. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that’s feeling a bit stuck as the insights and inspiration generated will help you to see yourself in an entirely new and better light. For Kathryn’s full story, click here.
Paul Spiers, 45
Alison coached me through a period where I was considering a major career change. In my view, Alison’s greatest assets are her empathy and her intelligence supported by an endlessly upbeat, engaging and positive personality. All of these enabled her to quickly and succinctly understand the opportunities and challenges around my specific situation. Alison’s considerable ‘real world’ commercial experience means she can also offer a sensible and pragmatic approach to career coaching, including helping to set genuinely realistic and achievable goals from the outset. She’s been a huge help to me and a real superstar with her support. I have no hesitation in recommending Alison to anyone looking for a great life coach. A very real and rare find in the coaching world.
Andy Luton, 29
In all honesty I wasn’t sure about the concept of a career coach when it was first suggested to me. However working with Alison has enabled me to set real, tangible and challenging goals that have helped me switch between careers.
Alison does not have the answers, but asks the right questions so you can find the solution yourself, the epitome of a true coach.
Chris Eaton, 46
After two disastrous career decisions and a major accident that left me laid up for three months I was at a low ebb to say the least. Then a dear friend introduced me to Alison. Using Alison as a life coach was the best decision I’ve made in years! It’s strange to work and focus on ‘me’ but through a number of exercises, tests and homework (it’s nothing like school – it was all fun!) I now have a much clearer picture of where I should be and what I should be doing. It’s a huge leap forward for me and I couldn’t have done it without Alison’s help gently and patiently allowing me to come to the right conclusions on my next move. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.
I started working with Alison after a big life change, which made it feel difficult to fall back into old ruts simply to make enough money to pay the bills. But one of the lovely things about her is her upbeat, dynamic personality, which makes you feel that change is possible. And her ability to guide you towards remembering that the future is not fixed and there are always options – even when you feel trapped and unhappy.
But don’t get the impression that Alison will indulge you – you certainly won’t be allowed to dwell on the negatives of your situation. Instead with a myriad of entertaining and clever tools, she’ll gently coax you to assume a wider view of things, encouraging you all the while to follow those instincts about what’s right for you and to take those all-important baby steps towards a new and more fulfilling life. If it’s being supported to effect change in a fun but empathetic way you’re after, I can’t recommend Alison highly enough.
Sian Aherne, 35
Alison worked with me when I felt stuck in a rut, frustrated and couldn’t see a path for my future career. Over a number of weeks, we worked through some tools to help me recognise, understand and deal with every day stresses and anxieties at work and in life. This not only helped put perspective on and minimise these stresses, but, importantly, gave me the mind space to focus on the things that are really valuable to me. Alison helped me identify the manageable steps to switch my path. Now I am continuing to discover new opportunities and have the courage to pursue new challenges. Alison is a delight to work with – she is enthusiastic and brilliantly insightful.
It is a beautiful autumn day and I’m walking along the beach with my family and friends. I’m at the back, grumpy. Work issues from last week and others anticipated for next week are going round and round in my head. My friend said “You should talk to Alison, I’ll introduce you”.
I found Alison’s coaching enlightening. The exercises brought out the key issues and then her clearly articulated, precisely targeted and deceptively simple questions allowed me to make sense of my own behaviours and actions.
My circumstances may not yet have changed but my attitude and responses have. Moreover I have regained a lost sense of direction. Thank you Alison.
Working with Alison has been a life changing experience. I worked on personal issues with her and she’s done a great job in helping me. She always put me in the driver’s seat while pointing me in the right direction. The whole coaching process went at my own pace; some topics needed more time to work on than others. Alison’s human qualities and the energy she infuses put me at ease immediately. I cannot recommend her enough!
I am so grateful to have had Alison as a coach. I didn’t really know what to expect with a life coach, but she was so caring, understanding and helpful. She really put me at ease straightaway and I was really able to open up to her. My experience with her was life changing and even months later I am still reflecting back on what she taught me and still learning and evolving. She gave me the tools to better understand myself, and taught me how to unlock the habits I thought I couldn’t change. She made me realise my dreams and everything I wanted was completely realistic and I am now following the path in life I have always wanted.
Lynne Carter, 50
I found working with Alison so worthwhile; she helped keep me focused but was responsive and adapted to my needs. I love her knack of making sense of things and she is so easy to talk to and trust. A lot of what she said will stay with me and I know I will continue to draw on my experience of working with her.
Elijah Lawal, 30
I can honestly say without hyperbole that having Alison as my life coach has been a turning point in my life. She has helped me realise the importance of following a path of my choosing and more importantly, has guided rather than pushed me to this realisation. I would highly recommend Alison to anyone who is a little lost in life or just needs to evaluate what makes them happy. Alison is the very epitome of a true professional with a heart of gold.
Alison understood my needs from the off. She is both personable and professional and I felt immediately at ease with her. I started with low professional self-confidence – even after 12 years of working – with only an idea of what I felt I could be good at, but Alison pointed me effectively and confidently in the right direction.