Category Archives: Career

Breaking Point or Break Free Point

The term ‘stuck in a rut’ seemed so real to me recently. I am currently in a role I consider transitional. However my efforts to move into my preferred role have not yielded the expected results so far. After a very challenging day, it dawned on me this was not where I wanted to be and it was up to me to get myself out of there. I chose to move from a stance of powerlessness to power, from being dejected to becoming happy, and from waiting for things to happen to making things happen. I decided my current pay offs were not worth me holding on and it is time for a new chapter to begin.The moral I learnt from this experience is, it is up to me to break free despite the setbacks encountered and step out of my comfort zone!

Create the career you want (Sat, June 29)

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This event is for:

Women, Students, graduates, mums who desire a life/work balance and men too

Individuals who currently have a job BUT would like to move into their dream careers

Individuals who want to move up the career ladder in their chosen fields

Individuals who want to know how to overcome career obstacles

Individuals who want to find out how to maximise career opportunities

Date: Saturday, June 29

Time: 3 – 5pm

Venue: Conference Hall, Ithaca House, 27 Romford Road, Stratford E15 4LJ

Cost: £10


How to make the most of selection opportunities: CVs, application forms, competencies, assessment centres, your unique selling point

Career Management: getting noticed, climbing the career ladder, leadership development, seizing opportunities, coaching/mentoring

Self created careers:creating opportunities, development plan, knowledge transfer, networking, innovativeness


Pre registration is now closed. Payment can be made at the door. Please arrive latest by 2.45pm to register.

Speakers Profile

Alison Porter

Alison is a Business Psychologist with 23 years experience in coaching, consultancy, HR and executive search. She works primarily with senior management to identify and develop leadership potential and specialises in the design and delivery of assessment and development solutions. Prior to running her own business, she spent several years as an internal HR leader focusing on leadership selection, development and career management. Alison’s approach works across diverse functions and many sectors. Alison has experience of working with clients in the UK, across Europe, in Asia and the U.S. With a broad commercial background that includes experience across both the public and private sectors, she is well placed to understand different client needs and provide tailored solutions. A Certified Master Coach of the Behavioural Coaching Institute, she also holds a Diploma in Management Coaching and Mentoring from the Institute of Leadership & Management and Certificates in Performance Coaching and Stress Management from the Centre for Coaching, International Academy for Professional Development. She qualified as a psychologist by gaining an MSc in Occupational Psychology with Birkbeck, University of London. She also has a BSc in Psychology and a BA in Hispanic Studies. Qualified to use a wide range of psychometric instruments and 360 tools in her work, she has been a member of the British Psychological Society since 1998 and is a founder member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (2004).

Charles Oham

Charles is an experienced lecturer and trainer with over 10 years experience gained in management, consultancy and teaching. A highly engaging trainer with the ability to generate innovative solutions to the training needs of participants. Areas of specialisation are Human Capital Development, Human Resource, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Business Planning and Social Entrepreneurship. He is a motivating communicator and an ardent student of business dynamics in a local and global environmental context. Charles obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of East London. He believes in the philosophy of “Keizan” (continuous improvement). He is highly proactive and known to give innovative solutions to pressing career, management and business challenges. A communicator who takes his audience along in an exciting way, using relevant and real life case studies; which colour his presentations and consultancy remits. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.

Register before June 15 for a chance to win a copy of ‘101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career’ by Michelle and David Riklan.


This career talk will help you turn your career can’ts into cans and your career dreams into plans!

Don’t write yourself off!

I am currently job hunting. In this process, I have come across some job specifications I think are beyond me (limited experience) and quickly move on to the next vacancy. However some days ago I came across this particular job I would love to do. Although I don’t fit the criteria 100% I believe I stand a chance after viewing the OU on the BBC: Hilary Devey’s Women at the Top documentary some days ago. The main thing I took away from Hilary is; as a woman I need to have more confidence in myself and portray myself in that light.


In 2007 I applied for a post through an agency and heard nothing. A week later I found out the company in question also advertised the job on their website. I decided to apply directly to them and got the job. Similarly, my application for secondment to another department this summer was successful simply because of a course I did six years ago. Bottom line is I would not get a job if I don’t try.

It is so easy for us to disqualify ourselves even before others have done so and even if they do I will ensure I get feedback, take it on board and carry on till my goal is accomplished.

This principle is applicable to any area of life, even if others do not believe in you, don’t stop believing in yourself. Do whatever is required to qualify yourself so when opportunity does come knocking, success is only a matter of time.


Ditch that goal!

I like starting and finishing things. Similarly, I enjoy setting and accomplishing my goals. From personal experience I have grown to accept that goals which are incongruent with one’s vision should be aborted.

At the age of ten I set my mind and heart to devote my life to helping people and at that time the only career I thought would enable me accomplish this desire was by becoming a medical doctor. Towards the end of my A- Levels I started feeling uneasy about my career option due to three reasons. I hate hospitals, would prefer not to see blood and lastly was not prepared to work unsocial hours.  I decided to get a second opinion from a career adviser and Psychology seemed a better alternative. But because I had set my minb d to study medicine, I carried on with this intention until I got my A-Level results. I did not make the grade required to study medicine and was faced with the choice of retaking the exams and/or changing career. After much thought and research I concluded that Psychology would be best suited to my personality, interest and ability. Hence, I switched careers. Looking back, I believe I made the right choice by studying Psychology.

Some thoughts

  • It takes maturity to change career direction once proper consideration and thought have preceded such a decision
  • If you are headed in the wrong direction, change as soon as possible, there is no point getting to  your destination and finding out you missed it
  • I believe no experience is wasted, even when we have made wrong career choices, there is always something to learn and apply in future settings
  • Variety is the spice of life, I think it is more interesting to explore various facets of the same career and incorporate other careers in one’s life time

It does not matter if you have told the whole world what you intend doing, if your goal is no longer relevant, be humble and courageous to do what is best for you.

How I got a career mentor

I started this year with the notion that I wanted a job in my chosen field despite futile attempts in the past. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to listen to a talk in January highlighting the importance and benefits of a career mentor. I set out with this thought in mind. A few days later, I logged into Linkedin and while checking on who might have been looking at my profile, I came across a remarkable business psychologist who had achieved all I aspire to accomplish. I got in touch with her immediately and the rest as they say is history. Below are 10 qualities in my mentor that has benefited me:

Desirable qualities in my Career Mentor

  • Approachable
  • An encourager
  • Listens
  • Provides direction/focus
  • Knows the ropes
  • Shares industry knowledge
  • Instigates career leads and contacts
  • Prompt feedback/communication
  • Genuinely interested in my career and success
  • Believes in me

I have come to appreciate the value of a career mentor and the difference they can make in my life. I intend keeping communication lines open with my career mentor even after my goal of getting a job in my industry is achieved as I have so much more to gain by maintaining our relationship.

It does not matter what stage you are at in your career, a career mentor can help you stand out in your chosen profession. Do get one if you don’t have one and appreciate your mentor if you have one.