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Career coaching

You’re not really sure what you want from your career but you’re pretty sure it’s not this. You’ve invested so much time and energy, actual years of your life have been devoted to your research and your teaching but the reality of working in the 21st century university is slowly grinding you down and you…

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Post Covid career thoughts

CW: grief and death. This crisis has been very informative of what employers really think about their staff. I think we need to try and treat this period of lock down and social distancing as a hibernation: a chance to withdraw and quietly consider possibilities. Now I know that most of us are going to…

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Gasping for air

It’s the last day of the holidays. The day has vanished under the weight of of last minute homework, bag packing, laundry and tidying away Christmas. Alongside a heavy dose of the Sunday night fear for 50% of us. The day has also vanished under a chorus of “mum” “mum” “mum” “mum” “mum” “mum” peppered…

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Testimonial Tuesday – Pamela

Pamela is a senior academic who had four sessions to work through some questions around career crossroads. What hesitations did you have about working with [Maxine]? I had no hesitations. Partly because I felt that I needed to speak to a professional and you were one. It was a huge bonus that you understood the…

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Working with a coach is hard

Sometimes working with a coach is hard. This morning my husband was a royal pain in the butt, in that way only someone you’ve spent nearly 20 years with can be. I was angry but then I asked myself about the story I was telling myself. I was definitely, absolutely, 100% right and he was…

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An elevator pitch

Oh hi. So what do you do? Hi, my name’s Maxine and I’m a coach Oh wow, lovely, who’s your target market? I work with brilliant women in academia who are ready to take the next step [eyes dart nervously around the room, voice lowers to a whisper] actually I’m on a secret mission to…

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Clean language coaching

My favourite way to coach is to work with the metaphors and narratives we carry with us and through which we experience our lives. It feels creative, working with the more abstract side of our thinking. I don’t seek to smash stories down and rebuild new ones in their place. I prefer to shine a…

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Writing blocks

The stories we tell ourselves about writing We all have stories about writing and about ourselves as writers. Often, these stories stand between us and our finished writing. But they are just stories and we can tell ourselves more helpful stories if we choose. My own story about writing is that I’m not a good…

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Countdown to Brexit
Career

So I have 8 weeks until Xmas and then there are 13 (ha!!) weeks until Brexit. Now it’s quite possible that something will intervene and, like a terrible movie where they stop the bomb with 2 seconds left on the clock, Brexit won’t go ahead. However, I have no faith that this is likely. Instead…

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Learning to be a business analyst
Career

It’s no secret that Brexit scares me witless. I have been applying for roles in Irish academia and the health sector since the referendum was announced. with less than 6 months to go I’m now more petrified than ever. My only hope now is to make sure that I’m seen as qualified for a high…

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