New Year, New Career: From using a career coach to becoming a career coach, Alice Draper


It’s my birthday this month! Not my actual birthday. I’m celebrating because this time last year I finished my career coach training and started my new career.


For me, last January was literally: new year, new career.


At 35 years old, with nearly 15 years' experience in the retail industry and two young children under three, I decided I couldn’t go back to my previous career.


And I’ve never looked back.


I’m not alone - a poll of 4,000 workers in 2021 by Aviva found 60% planned to make a change, such as switching careers, learning a new skill or finding a new role within their existing organisation.


It all started to change for me after I returned from maternity leave of my eldest daughter. I felt like my brain had changed. I had lost my mojo and didn’t know how to get it back. I looked at similar jobs in different companies, but never felt excited about anything I was applying for. I felt really lost with what I should do next.


And then I found a career coach.


We reflected, explored, clarified and planned my next steps.


I had lots of experience in coaching as a manager, and when reflecting on my career highlights, coaching and developing others was all we seemed to talk about.


Flexibility was also something that I was desperate for. Setting up my own business only felt like a dream previously but now felt achievable after going through the career coaching process. I felt confident and wanted to help others feel that way too.


If you are thinking about using a career coach, here are three things to think about:


  1. To get the best out of you, having a good rapport with your coach is essential. Coaches often do consultations or discovery calls. Take advantage of these to get to know the coach and find out if you feel comfortable with them.

  2. Think of the cost of career coaching as an investment in yourself. It’s not just something that will help you for a small amount of time but could go on helping you for years to come.

  3. Career coaching is for all, not just top executives. Whatever stage of life you are at or job you do or career issue you have, career coaching can be very beneficial, as it was for me.


If you are interested in using a career coach but don’t know where to start, I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. To book, contact me on alice@inapickle.careers or connect with me on:


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