the two-hour session, Jenny (from West Associates) is fantastic.
Her method is practical without being judgmental: supportive
without going all 'Californian'. Her insights help me
to see where I need to channel my ideas and I'll definitely
be going back to carry on the process of finding my ideal job.
our meeting, Jenny sent me a questionnaire to fill in.
I was worried that it would be like the questionnaire it I got
after I finished my GCSE's - the results showed that I'd make
a good zoo-keeper or policewoman.
needn't have worried, this questionnaire was a carefully crafted
piece of psychometric work, divided into sections such as 'motivation'
and 'long term goals'. The questionnaire showed that magazine
writing was the right job for me, and my personal profile landed
me squarely in the 'sympathetic and creative people' category.
a journalist, this assessment is spot on. However, this
isn't the end of the story. As Jenny points out, it isn't
so much what I'm doing that's presenting me with the problems,
but the way I'm doing it. Two things in particular caught
Jenny's attention: my motivation and self-esteem.
the 'motivation profile' showed that I 'enjoy and need a sociable
atmosphere at work where I can thrive in a caring environment'.
Jenny asks me how much time I spend on my own during the working
week and I admit that, in a five-day working week, I tend to
be alone for at least four of them. This leads me to tell
Jenny that I've been thinking of getting a more permanent post
and Jenny is keen that I start 'putting systems in place' to
achieve this and together we work out a plan.
thing that stood out in my questionnaire are my 'self esteem'
issues. Jenny points out that I put myself down in the
majority of my answers. Jenny's advice is to look at why
I'm so negative about myself and to find ways to not be so pessimistic.
the two-hour session Jenny is fantastic. Her method is
practical without being judgmental: supportive without going
all 'Californian'. Her insights help me to see where I
need to channel my ideas and I'll definitely be going back to
carry on the process of finding my ideal job".