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This week's testimonials...

Added - 26/02/2021

What our participants are telling us this week... 

“I have absolutely nothing but high praise for my coach! I was having a bit of a tough time after being made redundant, and not only did he help me prepare for interviews and update my CV, but he helped me see the bigger picture not just with work, but life in general. I was feeling particularly flat at the time, but every time I met with him, he made me feel so uplifted and positive.”

 

“The consultant was excellent and provided clear information and feedback. The online materials were very good, and although I am still looking for a job the service provided me with the skills needed to approach the interview process. Thank you for all your help and support.”

 

“Initially I did not know what to expect from the service available to me, the service from all has been great. Very different experience to be in my 50's out of work after being in employment for 20 years, not only having to job search/interview but to complete this virtually. Jemma is very knowledgeable, approachable and understanding in the coaching sessions, Jemma helped me to look at different options and was very flexible with the support.

 

When you are made redundant and especially in the pandemic knowing it’s no fault of your own, the job searching can become a lonely process and can make you question yourself, one of the main positives from your company and the service you provide is to know someone cares, someone is there to support you and you have someone to speak to.”


“When the program was initially offered through work, I have to say I was sceptical, now I have been through the programme I am a definite supporter, prior to speaking with you I questioned how would it help and support in my move forwards especially with all the thought process and concerns and low feelings that can come with a redundancy and the concerns about information being passed back to previous employer. However, I can now say I am an advocate of this type of support.

 

I really enjoyed my time with Shelley, I got a lot from the sessions, support with CV/Interview etc and shortly after the sessions I found a new role.”

 

“The initial introduction call was great very informative and helped a lot so I could make a plan and know how to most effectively use the programme and also what to expect. I attended some workshops to help provide me with inspiration for how to turn my creative hobby and grow this into a business.

 

The coaching was extremely useful especially around the CV and teaching me how to sell myself on a CV, this was incredibly useful knowledge, and I don’t think you realise how important this is until you have an expert coach to help and guide you with this.

I am very grateful to have had access to this support and also very grateful to Jill as she was very flexible in covering my changing needs.”

 

“Sam clearly had a wealth of knowledge and experience and drew on this in our conversations. Sam prompted my thinking and I now have a set of notes to inform my first conversations in my new role.

 

The portal and supplementary materials were excellent and helped to focus my thinking, and I now have a good CV and LinkedIn profile as a result. My check ins and coaching sessions with my second personal career manager were incredibly helpful. This was the first time I've had outplacement support and I found it a worthwhile experience. Thank you.”

 

“You were meant to come into my life, I respect you...thank you so much for your help”

 

“I found the Coaching support very valuable as a support mechanism in the new role taken up following redundancy.”

“In March 2021 I was made redundant, and I used my coach to counsel me with regards to finding a new job. I would like to confirm that she has been very helpful in supporting me in understanding how I can improve chances of successfully getting a new job. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to other people in similar situations.”

“Julia is an excellent professional. She made me feel very comfortable to speak about my feelings, expectations and concerns. The initial coaching session with Julia was really helpful. I think it was the first time that I actually thought about my maternity leave, return to work, the feeling of being away from work, how wonderful but at the same time how lonely being on mat leave can be, etc. Julia managed to cover quite a few things with me which was great.”

“Ian was appointed as my virtual coach as part of my outplacement options with Working Transitions, following my redundancy in December 2019. I feel lucky to have been appointed Ian as my coach, as I felt we immediately 'clicked' and we were able to move from the 'getting to know someone' stage to adding value very quickly.

  • Fantastic listening skills, allowing me to speak, express my feelings, views and opinions without interruption.
  • Ian helped me to reflect on my internal thoughts and arrive at different conclusions.
  • Ian started a positive change in my mindset, moving towards a 'Give it a go' attitude from my previous fear of starting to commence things in case something went wrong.
  • Encouraged me to explore options and talk to people, move a thought or possibility into a tangible action.
  • Although the relationship was on a professional foundation, Ian felt like a friend, someone who I could open up to, chat about anything on my mind with the comfort of knowing this would be kept confidential between the two of us.
  • Ian helped me 'professionalise' my LinkedIn profile, he identified I was relatively new to LinkedIn and I was seeking guidance on how to navigate myself around updating my profile and posting content.
 

“Sam was fantastic. Very prompt email responses and professional advice. I have not as yet secured a new role due to the competitive market but I am sure I will get the right opportunity soon and the support will allow me to be ready and confident to move forwards.”

 

“I would like to thank Jemma and Sam immensely as without their support and patience coaching me through this journey, I would not have found myself to be in the fantastic position of having 2 job offers and a choice of 2 fantastic new opportunities, They gave me the confidence to decline roles that I did not feel were right for me and to ensure I make the right decision for my future job role. I cannot thank them enough.”

“Unsure at first if I needed the service as I was due to retire, however I took the retirement coaching session. The session clarified everything for me and confirmed I was on the right track and therefore found this session really useful pre-retirement. I am now 2 weeks into my retirement and couldn’t be happier.”

 

“The initial introduction to the service and support available was very clear and allowed me to select the supports I would find most beneficial. My coach was completely flexible in terms of understanding the type of support I needed and set out a clear plan to work through. Initially the support centred around identifying what roles would be good for me, this was very helpful in allowing me to pull my thoughts together.

 

Then moving onto updating my CV to personalise it more and making it more relevant. Rob supported in how to approach, prepare and present myself for the interview process and then the coaching supported me into my new role, advising me on what to do when I started and how to make an impact and a good impression within those important few weeks.

 

A great service, I am now in a new role and this programme supported me from beginning to end of the process.”

 

“First session yesterday. Jenny is fantastic. She seems to have me completely sussed already and we get on really well. Very good choice – thank you! I start work back this week but just part time in the Staff Shop - my 'dream job'. I did have to complete an online assessment, informal chat and formal interview - which I was able to prepare for with notes made in a previous chat we had - thank you.”

"The strength in this programme for me came from the incredible coaching from Jackie, this was an absolute highlight. The coaching sessions were fantastic when I started the programme my confidence was incredibly low and these sessions were so incredibly beneficial to me, please pass on my thanks to Jackie. Great supporting information and templates on the portals around CV and interviewing, I have yet to start my Skillsoft courses and am sure these will be beneficial."

 

"Julia carefully listened to my queries and concerns regarding going back to work and was able to provide me with some pointers as to how to shape my discussion with management at Investec. I am very much looking forward to going back to work but at the same time I am apprehensive about my change in circumstances and how that will have an impact on my career. Julia was very patient to listen to my concerns and was able to provide a positive outlook on my thinking going forward. I am looking forward to my next conversation with her."

 

"I thought I should take the opportunity to say thank you for all your help and support. Your advice on adding links to speeches and articles I had delivered to my Linkedin profile was very insightful (especially as I had been using LinkedIn for years) and your advice on competency-based interviews very valuable but most of all I would like to thank you for being a friendly face and valued confident. 2 job offers later (both on a higher salary than I had been on before), one accepted and with 3 companies now trying to tempt me away I hope I am one of your success stories!"

 

I want to thank you for the time and advice over the last few months. You helped me get my head out of the mess that my time at RS had become and provided me with a good space for self-reflection and play out what I wanted to do. An hour after the session one of the job offer maybes became a definite so we now have more work to do and prioritise!

 

"Thank you for everything I’ve had so far as its been brilliant. The Financial Support has been perfect for me as I needed help with pensions and I had a zoom call with a chap who was really helpful – I feel like an expert now and its really helped me! The CV review was also brilliant and gave me a lot of food for thought and I found it really interesting’."


"After almost 20 years I was faced with redundancy, and thanks to Rob and his excellent 121 sessions around what my skills are, and how to answer interview questions. I successfully had a new job to start after my redundancy finished thanks to Rob and his continual support. Nothing was too much trouble and only ever an email away."

 

"After becoming aware of being made redundant our company supplied us with the Working Transitions Team to help give us support. I consider myself incredibly fortunate enough to have had several meetings with my coach to assist me with my pursuit in another role. Through regular 121s, coaching and guidance he has given me so much more confidence in looking for another role. Without him knowing too much of my background he has definitely assisted in my well-being also as I have had anxiety related issues throughout my life. So proud of my CV that he has helped me construct, resulting in a few companies contacting me on Linkedin. I strongly believe that without these invaluable sessions I would have found these past couple of weeks a lot more challenging. Thank you so much for your inspiration, support and guidance over the past couple of months. It's great to see also you're still looking out for me by notifying me of positions that may be of interest! Will of course keep you posted on my progress."

 

"I’d been meaning to give you an update and my good news! It went really full on with interview processes after our session and I had x5 stages for the job I’ve just started this week. Your coaching really helped me and I’m so grateful for your pointers because it made me approach every interview in a different way and believe in myself more!"


“Very positive to have the support and great to have this made available during a transition time. After taking up self-funded support elsewhere as initially at the beginning of the programme, as I had job offers and in a more senior role I didn't think the support would work for me. After speaking with Jemma I was allocated to Alison, She was amazing she was exactly what I needed she challenged me and was hard on me (what I need!) to ensure I had structure and focus in areas needed. I am now in a new role would like to thank you for the positive experience.”

 

“Fantastic to know I had this support available to me, CV review from Agata was really good, I found this very useful and she gave me some strong pointers and helped me ensure it was overhauled and all brought up to date.”

 

“Jemma and Sam, both excellent cannot fault the service and support from them both. At a daunting and time of panic with what to do next etc they both really helped me get organised and set up my CV so I felt ready to be actively applying when the right role came about.”

 

“Main area of support that I found most beneficial came from the coaching around updating and creating a current CV. I had been in the same job/industry for 22yrs and having been on the other side, looking at cv’s and chairing interviews. Having expertise and support around updating my CV, to how it should look to be current, and the coaching support around interview preparation. The procedure was very useful and good to know you had someone to contact, and support throughout the process. Linked in and social media support was fantastic as never really been exposed to this way of job searching and promoting self before.”


“I was very fortunate be coached by Catherine she was wonderful and really helped - great to talk to - strong advice and able to give me focus and direction. Previous roles I had been applying for had given me feedback on being overqualified, however during my coaching journey the results changed, and I was offered a role senior to the one I had initially applied for, everything came together for me and this was definitely driven from the confidence Catherine had helped me rebuild.

 

Catherine supported me with my CV and helped me identify what I could do next, but the experience was so much more for me, she drew so much out of me, skills, regained confidence I didn’t know I had or could find again.

 

The coaching was invaluable, a breath of fresh air and completely neutral ground to feel confident and secure in discussing all areas- I only wish I had taken this step sooner. I cannot recommend this service and support I received highly enough Catherine truly went above and beyond to support me.”

 

“I’ve been successful in a role and will be leaving the group on 11th March. Thanks so much for all your help, especially with the CV prep that really made a difference to me and gave me the inspiration to go for jobs.”

 

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