Here at the-Coaching Blog-run by Gerard O’Donovan, our aim is to constantly bring value to those seeking to improve their lives. Therefore we have a policy of publishing articles and materials by guest authors whom we value and appreciate. Today’s guest author is Sarah Hickling (UK)

It’s funny when you think back to when you left school and had that talk with a careers advisor who basically confused you even more and you walked away thinking now what am I to do.

You were hoping to walk in and walk out knowing exactly what you are going to be and they will have solved that for you.

What I have learnt along the way that pretty much most people don’t know what they want to do and they have just drifted into roles and that you have the choice to make your next steps.

Well this was me after university and I fell into retail and was there for about 15 years. I moved up the ladder successfully and had some big roles. I learnt so much and I am forever grateful for this and I will never take that back that experience.

When I was struggling with working long hours and feeling confused and lost, this is when I wished I had a person to talk to. That individual who would generally listen to you and really help you discover what you want to do and not judge you and make you think you were never going to do well at anything.

I got that person after I left the big corporate world and wow, what a difference it made to my health, my well being and my future. I wished I had that person when I was thinking of leaving retail and he just understood my situation. He got me to get back to being me at my best.

It seems so simple now I look back, but when you are in that situation you can’t see the wood for the trees. You don’t know which way to turn and just sometimes wonder if it is just you. It’s not – many people feel excited the same. Life is too short to not have any time working this through and allowing the support around you to happen, as everyone deserves it.

His inspiration made me turn to career coaching and my love of supporting others through their own career journey. I have finally found what I want to do for the next period of my career life and I know that if you ever feel lost, confused or even frustrated that there are people out there ready to support you with this.

I am a big believer in surrounding yourself with the right support, whether it is a career coach or a mentor or just that impartial person to look over that CV. Don’t let what someone has said to you put you down, don’t let them not allow you to discover what you want to do and where you want to me. Grab that feeling and make that change. Seek out that person who has your back, support and structure to help you make that change, however big or small it may be.

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