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my journey

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Passionate About Inspiring Others

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Driven by my desire to instigate positive change in people’s lives, my goal is to help you to realise your potential and find career bliss.

My own journey drives this desire.

 

Growing up with a single mum in a low-income household, I know what it's like to struggle and be unhappy. During my teens I developed severe anxiety, which had a detrimental effect on my education and resulted in me leaving school with poor GCSE grades, no direction and no idea of what I was going to do with my life.

 

For many years, I too worked in jobs that didn't reflect my interests or make use of my potential. Whilst I had some great success in my work, I was unhappy and unfulfilled. Although not ideal, my early career journey provided valuable opportunities to gain great skills and experience. It also created the motivation and building blocks for finding my purpose.

 

Through deep reflection, I realised that I have a desire to help others who have been through similar experiences. From a young age I had a keen interest in psychology and the mind. I knew that was the path to take, and I gave myself a second chance at an education and happiness. I'm here to tell you, that you deserve another chance at a satisfying career and you can achieve it. 

 

I continued to work full time while I put myself through college on an access to higher education course. After completing my course I went on to earn my degree in psychology at the University of Exeter, something I never would have thought possible when leaving school. Overcoming my anxiety and graduating from a top 10 University was a huge achievement for me. Barriers might block our path to success, having overcome my own, I want to help you build the bridges to overcome yours.

 

After earning my degree I needed to re-evaluate my path and decide where I was going. I began working for a company in the welfare to work industry, where I found enjoyment in helping the long term unemployed back into sustainable employment. This role inspired me to help people with their careers on a deeper level, regardless of their background. 

 

Continuing to work full time, I attended Kingston University to earn a masters in occupational and business psychology. I was awarded a distinction and nominated for an Indigo Gold Innovation Award for my dissertation, which researched the career transitions of military personnel re-entering civilian life. This allowed me to discover my interest and talent for career counselling, leading me to specialise in this area and become licensed and accredited. 

 

I have combined my years of study in psychology, philosophy and careers into a unique style of career counselling. Hambleton Career Counselling has helped hundreds of people from all levels and backgrounds to achieve their goals. I now thrive in my work, and love what I do. 

 

I believe that everyone has the potential to thrive and to enjoy their work, but sometimes we need support to overcome the obstacles on our path. Throughout my journey I have learned that clear goals, drive, determination and the right mindset really can make anything possible. Having successfully achieved my goal of having a fulfilling career, I want to help you thrive and achieve yours too.

 

Our values

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We know how painful it can be in a role that doesn't reflect who you truly are.

Our career counselling helps you to tap into your true nature so that you can be the most authentic and genuine version of yourself. 

Bring your truth to the world.

How would you know that you're courageous without fear, difficulty or adversity? It takes courage to persist and go after what we want.

And when life provides you with your call to adventure, you need to take it. If you feel fear or lack confidence, that's ok. 

We help you to transform your relationship with fear, to be courageous and build confidence for the journey ahead. 

It's good to care. Not only about what you do for a living, but for your mental and physical health. 

We care about you, and helping you to thrive in your career and life as a whole. 

 

Self care is something we practice ourselves, so that we are in the right position to help you and have positive impacts in our environments.  

Career counselling is a collaborative process, where we work together to achieve the right outcome for you. 

We need to work together in order to improve our lives, and the world. Each and every one of us has a part to play. 

Collaboration is one of the most sought, and needed skills/values in the world today, so we promote this throughout the counselling process. 

We often find ourselves constrained and restricted, living our lives by other people's standards and ideals.

Freedom to us means helping you to make decisions that bring your vision of your future to life. 

We choose to live a positive and good life on our own terms, and through career counselling help you to do the same. 

Much of what we see in the world today is misleading and confusing. Truth and honesty are of the utmost importance to us. 

When we act with sincerity we can have little guilt or regret, and we get a true reflection of who we are as people.

Being true to yourself enables the right outcomes to emerge, we encourage honesty throughout the process, and in day to day life.

experience

In my 21 years of work I have accrued a rich and varied amount of experience in: management, retail, sales, customer service, military transitions, banking, hospitality, welfare to work, health and well-being, motoring, education, and insurance.

 

Throughout this journey I have experienced first hand many of the various issues that can present themselves during a working life; issues that you may be experiencing right now.

I have helped hundreds of people with their careers so far, including career changers, university students, the long term unemployed and employees of companies such as: 

 

Lee Hecht Harrison, Motiv-8 South West, Job Centre Plus, The Walt Disney Company, Honda UK, Computacenter, Virgin Money, Deloitte, Arsenal Football Club, Hewlett Packard, General Electric Company, TE Connectivity, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol City Council, Kantar Group, National Australia Bank, Commerzbank, Airbus, BBC, Yorkshire Building Society, The Co-Operative Bank Pension Trust, BP, Yorkshire Building Society, Schneider Electric, Pfizer, Santander, John Wiley & Sons, Deutsche Bank, Accenture, Ecolab, The Estee Lauder Companies, Dixons Carphone, AA, Coty Services, British Airways, National Express.... to name a few. 

My career counselling aims to empower individuals in making positive decisions by utilising a service grounded in the science of psychology, sound ethics and industry-accredited frameworks. My approach is holistic, versatile, catered to you and suited to the diverse nature of career decisions.

 

Whatever your aims, level, background or age - I can help you.

Certifications

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  • ​​Certified and Licensed Career Counsellor (Accredited by the Association for Coaching)

  • MSc with Merit in Occupational and Business Psychology from Kingston University

  • BSc with Honours in Psychology from the University of Exeter

  • CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership (QCF)

  • Member of the Association for Business Psychologists

  • Member of the British Psychological Society