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Coaching through change - a case study

Opportunities arise out of the most unexpected circumstances when you're open to receive them.

Jenny was made redundant from her role. Although it came as a shock, the timing gave her space to think about her next move. She had 10 years experience in her industry but recognised she’d lost her self-belief, confidence and was nervous to ‘put herself out there’ again.

Jenny's employer approached me to support her in discovering her next move. An important part of the process for Jenny was to take a step back and recognise the feelings of grief, hurt and loss that she carried with her.

She began to recognise her needs and the importance of introducing self-care measures to get herself in a mindset to search for desirable roles. Simple steps such as taking time in the day for herself, reintroducing exercise and mindful activities were important in regaining her self-worth.

She reflected deeply on her values and how in her previous role these were being challenged. She could see now why some things hadn’t felt ‘right’. Bringing her values to life, and examining what those meant to her, meant she could identify career paths and companies of interest that aligned with those values.

At the point of finding new roles that excited her, she talked about how her inner narrative would kick in and try to tell her that she wasn’t experienced enough or didn’t have the capabilities. She would then dismiss that role.

Jenny built up her confidence again by consistently looking for evidence; past experience and knowledge, successes that were present, feedback. She became aware of her inner voice and began to challenge it with empowering and truthful statements.

“Gemma has helped me rebuild my confidence. Our work together has meant that I have discovered what my core needs and values are. Gemma encouraged me to focus on what's truly important to me, both personally and professionally. I have made life decisions based on our work, it has even led to me landing my dream role which I start on Monday.”

A more confident Jenny made moves to reach out to her network and uncover the jobs she really wanted to do. She went for it and got the job. Not only that but she was confident in finding out more about the company and asking the questions to see how their values aligned with her own.

Are you transitioning through a challenging time? Perhaps you're planning a restructure and want to support your teams through this time with support that can help them move forward and seek a new role that aligns with their career aspirations. If so, let's have a call and see how I can support you.


Gemma Brown is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accredited with the International Coach Federation, working with individuals and groups to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma works face to face with clients in the Cambridge area as well as via Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.

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