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Aileen Carson

Aileen Carson

Supporting women to reduce stress and avoid burnout so they can gain clarity on the next steps of their career

Location: Edinburgh

Year Qualified: 2020

Areas of Expertise


"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 wanting clarity about career progression

"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 wanting to progress with career

"While I was being coached by Aileen, I found her sincere, a wonderful coach and she helped me in several parts of my life. I am now more organised, achieve tasks which I have deadlines for, delegate where required and ask for assistance if I need it. Due to my coaching I have accomplished what we spoke about which is fantastic. Aileen is a wonderful source of inspiration, proficient and professional in her profession as a coach. She also truly cares and goes above and beyond to assist her clients."

Diane, retired, wanted to find more purpose in her life

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    Coaching Qualifications

    • Certificate of Professional Coaching Practice, Full Circle Global
    • Certificate in Career Coaching Practice, Full Circle Global

    Professional Background

    I started my career working in the publishing industry as an editor which is something I had wanted to do since I was at school. I worked for a variety of different organisations, in both public and private sectors, but after about 12 years and a period of burnout, I decided I wanted my career to take a different direction. I felt I had achieved everything I wanted to in publishing, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do next.

    I had been doing some voluntary work with homeless people and I also volunteered on a mental health helpline which I loved. Although I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of job I was looking for, I knew I wanted to work in the third sector in a job that enabled me to support people to move forward with their lives.

    I started working for a housing association as a mental health support worker and discovered I loved this type of work. For the first time in my career, I felt fulfilled at work. I was passionate about supporting people to find ways of coping with the difficulties in their lives.

    I moved on to manage support and care services for older people with mental health problems or dementia, as well as writing tenders for care and support services which gave me valuable experience of the business side of the sector.

    Since then, I have worked for three other housing associations, first to oversee care homes and supported living services and ensure we were providing high-quality care and support, and latterly in a business improvement role which involves ensuring the organisation is focusing on continuous improvement.

    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.

    What drew you to coaching?

    I first started thinking about becoming a coach when I was looking for a change of direction in my own career. I had always enjoyed working with people and I felt I had developed some of the skills necessary to be a coach while I was a support worker. I had also worked with managers to help them develop their leadership skills which was very useful experience when I became a coach.

    Once I started coaching, I discovered a passion I didn’t know I had. It’s a real privilege to gain an insight into people’s lives and for them to trust you to help them. I assist people to set goals and work out a plan to help them move forward with their lives. Seeing them have lightbulb moments and gain an understanding of the ways in which they have been holding themselves back is so rewarding.

    I love helping people increase their confidence and resilience, and start to move in directions they would never have considered previously, as so many people never reach their potential. Some jobs have a shelf life, but now that I’m a coach, I can’t imagine doing anything else!

    Fee Structure

    Programme of six sessions – £570
    One-off 90-minute session – £140
    Job application or interview preparation session – £60

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