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8 years since my Career Change: Top 5 Tips

I struggled with my career change for over 5 years, seemingly stuck in corporate trappings and therefore by default completely mystified by what the heck I was going to do next. I hate to say it now, considering what I do…I felt I had no choice but to go and see a coach to help me with my career change conundrum. These are the 5 key steps I took in the following months…

#1 Making the decision to change career. Sounds obvious, but as they say at AA, just knowing you need to make a change is often the biggest step. Still rings true for deciding on a career change, and you will feel so liberated; like a huge weight has been lifted. This can often be triggered by something extreme. A simple question to ask yourself: ‘how would you feel or what would life be like if you were to be in your current career for the next 2 years?’ If the answer horrifies you, you know what you need to make a decision on.

#2 Keeping an open mind on my future – just because you’ve been a *insert current role* for the past however many years or worked in *insert current industry* doesn’t mean that’s the only thing you’re fit for in the future. People have made all sorts of wild leaps across careers. So, just by thinking I can be whatever I want or whoever I want to be was a really positive and realistic start on a career change journey.

#3 Making a list of everything I was interested in – this action was pivotal in my career change taking shape. I started with a blank sheet of paper and wrote a list (that I kept adding to) of everything that I was interested in; from house renovations to beauty. However bizarre (sounding to me) or ridiculous an idea, I wrote them down. I soon established a common theme – helping people, creating change; which eventually led me to coaching.

#4 Understanding my strengths, likes and dislikes – I stopped searching the job market and started paying attention inward. I took a long look at projects and tasks I’d been involved in over the last couple of years that I loved. This enabled me to get a deeper understanding of what my strengths were, what I loved doing and more importantly what I really disliked about my professional career.

#5 Taking Action – the ultimate steps to take, but should feel you’re in a position where there is no choice, but for you to take action… you are just compelled to keep moving forward with your idea. OK, so I decided to resign (you can read the story here) and from here it was having a plan, albeit a fairly loose one, and taking daily small but bold steps. With the support of my husband & close friends I was in the process of changing my career and starting up my own business. Things were happening!


Clare Whalley celebrated 10 years in business in 2017. A great milestone to achieve. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

Clare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business book in for a free one hour business strategy session

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