Why I became a career coach
Career direction was actually something I thought about from a very young age. I remember the dreaded question asked by many of the adults in my life as a child, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ I had no idea how to answer this question! I can recall feeling the pressure of this question from a very young age, at times I even lied that I wanted to be a solicitor just to impress them but the truth was I had no idea what I was good at or what I’d enjoy doing! I knew that I would enjoy working with people but I still had no idea what job I would be suited to.
Two of my sisters knew exactly what they wanted to do from a very early age… teaching and nursing. I wished that I too had a ‘calling’ but I had no idea what would I was meant to do. I ended up working in accounts which was definitely the wrong career for me! I did this for a number of years and ended up feeling deeply unfulfilled and stuck in an industry which held no meaning or purpose for me. I remember describing how I felt at the time as ‘dead inside’ and one thing was certain… there was no way I could do this for the rest of my life!
So, eventually after a number of years of working in accounts, I decided that enough was enough and made the very challenging decision (with three small children) to return to college to do a degree. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made and this was when my whole world changed. I began to recognise my own unique strengths and abilities; realising that I connected easily with people of all ages and backgrounds and really enjoyed helping others to build their confidence and recognise their own brilliance.
After completing a degree in social studies, I went on to get a qualification in training and another in coaching. I finally found my passion for helping and supporting others to find the right career path for them. What I love most is when my clients have that ‘lightbulb moment’ when they realise what they are good at and what that looks like in the working world.
Having worked for the past few years with anybody from leaving cert students to college graduates along with a wide range of professionals right up to retirement age, I have realised that my true passion and purpose is to help others to find their spark by identifying their own unique set of strengths, interests and abilities so that they can then choose the best career path for them.
From there, I support them to make important career decisions, set meaningful goals and overcome any challenges they may face along the way. I love watching others find the missing pieces of their career puzzle and find their own purpose and meaning in their work.
To find out more about my career direction programme, simply click on the link below to arrange your 20-minute complimentary call
What Others are Saying
“Nicola has certainly helped me to reach my potential in my career and life. I now have my dream job and the confidence to be the very best version of myself all thanks to Nicola’s professional advice. Highly recommend her coaching” (Una, Kilkenny)
“Nicola helped me to go from feeling stuck to believing in myself to make life changing decisions. She helped me to clarify my goals and take action to make those goals a reality. She has the unique ability to quickly connect and listen and comes highly recommend by me” (John, Wexford)
“Nicola really helped my daughter to identify a range of career choices that suit her own interests and strengths. She had a very down to earth approach which meant that my daughter actually really enjoyed their sessions together. She has really helped to alleviate the big stress of the CAO application and for that I am very grateful, we have a much calmer household now” (Pauline, Wicklow)
“Nicola provided fantastic support and guidance beyond the remit of the course that I took with her. She was really skilled in getting her message across and in bringing out the best in people in our group. Her approach is 100% professional, yet she is 100% down-to-earth, and she thoroughly understands the challenges associated with trying to attain that elusive work/life balance. She is very well placed to help anyone navigate the big changes in their lives” (Alison, Wexford)