are experienced practitioners, with training in psychology, who
have counselled a wide range of people from MBA's through to Chief
We give highly
focussed advice with emphasis on the practical aspects of planning
a career and getting a job.
run a cost-effective programme that achieves results rapidly.
A journalist from visited four 'personal development specialists' -
a business psychologist (from West Associates), a life coach, a
medium and an astrologist. Here is what Ollie says about her
visit to our counsellor, Jenny.
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.
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.
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.