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Aileen Carson

Aileen Carson

I help women in the third sector progress with their careers without burning out so they can have a bigger impact on the people they serve.

Location: Edinburgh

Year Qualified: 2020

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Aileen coached me during a very difficult time in my career. Due to a number of things I felt absolutely useless. I had lost confidence in myself. Aileen helped me understand my feelings, why I was experiencing them and she gave me the tools and techniques to deal with the challenges I had to face. This included applying for a new job. I now have a new job to look forward to. Aileen helped me explore the type of organisation I would like to work for and how to spot any red flags either before or during interviews. I am delighted to be starting work with an organisation whose values align with my own. I will be eternally grateful for the guidance and support I received from Aileen.

Kirsty, housing professional

I can’t recommend Aileen’s coaching highly enough. After a challenging period at work, I was ready to walk away and find a new job. I approached this rather practically, but the beauty of Aileen’s coaching was in creating a space for me to reflect on my learning, my skills and what I truly valued and wanted from work. This has been invaluable. If I choose to move on in time, it will be for the right reasons and into a role where I will flourish. The whole process was easy, welcoming and flexible. Thank you Aileen.

Jane, third-sector leader

I think anyone who wants to improve should consider getting some coaching. I never knew what to expect but Aileen was easy to talk to, patient and very good at getting to the key issues. We worked through a lot and I got things done that I had put off over and over. I cannot recommend her enough. If you are considering coaching for work or personal reasons you should get on and do it. You won’t regret it.

Sandy, senior housing professional

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    Coaching Qualifications

    • MBA
    • Certificate of Professional Coaching Practice
    • Certificate in Career Coaching Practice

    Professional Background

    I started my career as an editor in the publishing industry, but after about 12 years and a period of burnout, I decided to change career.

    I didn’t know what I wanted to do next, but I knew I wanted to do something that made a difference, so I started working for a housing association as a mental health support worker which I loved. For the first time in my career, I felt fulfilled.

    I moved on to manage support and care services for older people with mental health problems or dementia and, since then, I have worked for three other housing associations, first to oversee care homes and supported living services and latterly in a business improvement role.

    Most of my jobs have been in leadership positions and I understand the stresses and strains of managing teams, meeting targets and dealing with HR issues.

    The experience I have gained throughout my career feeds directly into my coaching work as I have made my own career transitions and dealt with many of the issues my clients face in their professional lives, including redundancy and burnout.

    What drew you to coaching?

    I became a coach when I was looking for a change of direction in my own career. I had always enjoyed working with people and I had developed some of the skills necessary to be a coach when I was a support worker and when I worked with managers to help them develop their leadership skills.

    My coaching work involves helping people work out the next steps of their career and finding ways of managing stress and avoiding burnout. I also help people challenge the beliefs they have about themselves and develop their leadership skills.

    I love helping people increase their confidence and start to move in directions they would never have considered previously.

    Fee Structure

    Package of six sessions – £750

    One-off 90-minute session – £185

    Job application or interview preparation session – £125

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