“I’d listen to other people light up when they talked about their work. But whenever I was asked about mine, I felt flat – there was just no connection at all.”
Disillusioned with a job she’d been doing for seven years, Charlotte couldn’t resist that whispering call for change any longer.
Every career change client I work with is a hero with their own story.
Today, I want to introduce you to my awesome client Charlotte, who recently completed my Elite Squad VIP coaching programme.
She landed her IDEAL job within three months of completing the programme.
Here, in her own words, is her incredible Hero’s Career Change Success Story…
Charlotte’s ordinary career world
I was working in commercial intelligence for a pharmaceutical company.
I’d been there for seven years.
Gradually, I started to feel drained by my work. There was a big disconnect between how I wanted to show up at work, and how I actually felt when I was there.
I didn’t feel like I was making a difference to the world, in a way that meant something to me.
I was tired all the time, and because I didn’t value my job, my confidence had taken a huge dip.
I thought to myself in disbelief, “Is this really my life? Is this really what it’s going to be like?”
I’d listen to other people light up when they talked about their work. But whenever I was asked about mine, I felt flat – there was just no connection at all.
That not only felt draining, it wreaked havoc with my home life.
I didn’t have the energy I needed to spend genuine, quality time with my family and friends, or to do things at home that I used to enjoy.
And I didn’t feel able to support the people I love, because I wasn’t a very inspiring example myself.
She hears the call to career change adventure
In the six months before I reached out to Lisa, my resolve was particularly tested, quite a few times.
Those moments were important in switching my mind from
More and more it became clear to me that there was something else out there for me; that I needed to explore what that was, what that might look like.
But she has doubts (Refusal of the call)
At first, I was spiting my natural instincts.
I thought perhaps it would be easier to just keep going as I was. I’d spent all that time investing in my career – could I really throw it all away?
But the longer that I spent there, the more uncomfortable I was with continuing.
I knew that I wanted to get out, and that I needed help.
Charlotte meets her career change mentor
When I first came across Career Avengers, and Lisa, I was really excited.
I thought, “Oh my God, there’s actually someone out there who knows EXACTLY how I feel, and who can help me!”
I instantly felt heard and compelled to reach out.
I emailed back and forth with Lisa and we had a chat on the phone. We really connected and I felt very confident that she was the right choice for me.
She crosses the First Threshold
At first, I worried about what would happen if I didn’t succeed.
There were these little voices in my head saying, “What if this isn’t the right thing to do? What if it doesn’t pay off? What if it’s not what you were expecting?”
I was scared I’d never become a career change success story. But then I realised that I was far more scared of staying where I was.
I could see this career path unfolding in front of me, and where I’d be if I didn’t make a change in the next five or ten years.
That, to me, was more of a scary thought than taking the plunge with Lisa and actually doing something. That driving force was strong and, along with Lisa’s support, enough to power me through my concerns.
Charlotte sets out on her career change journey (Tests, Allies, Enemies)
The programme was varied and fun. Most of it, I really enjoyed!
There was a real range of different things: they were exciting, scary, and empowering at the same time.
At the start, there was a lot of introspective work, doing a lot about values and uncovering what’s important to you, what drives you to do well, which I love.
Having Lisa there to put everything I was learning into context and help me work through my thought processes was invaluable.
Then we moved into the more experimental phase with testing out my ideas, which was definitely something that I found tougher – to put myself out there.
But, in fact, that was the most exciting part! It leads you to do things that you just never could have thought you could do with your skill set.
All those experiences I found the scariest and were the hardest to go through with, I learned from the most, were most valuable and have got me to where I am now.
It was a whole different approach, and there were so many things I hadn’t even thought about. True career change is so much more than just sending your CV off!
There was one part – about looking for inspiring people rather than inspiring jobs – that really stuck out for me in particular. There’s a real human aspect to that, which I loved.
She faces the tough stuff (Approach to the Inmost Cave)
I’d been working in the same job for seven years, so at first, putting myself out there felt tough.
Sometimes I wouldn’t hear back from people, so I had to deal with that ‘rejection’ and move on. That stung, because I always put a lot of effort into reaching out to people and did my research carefully.
But mostly, the Career Avengers programme increased my faith in humanity – I couldn’t believe how often people are prepared to go out of their way to help, if you just ask.
I was shocked that some of the amazing people I approached – people I didn’t think would give me the time of day – were so kind and helpful.
It really boosted my confidence. It’s allowed me to own who I am and the value that I have to give.
The whole different approach that Lisa teaches to looking for new work was really eye-opening. It hadn’t even occurred to me before. It’s not about just sending your CV off or just being another application on a huge pile.
What really gave me clarity was when we actually tested out my ideas in different low-risk ways, to really assess how I felt and gain as much info as I could so that I was making the most informed choice.
I was always able to reach out to Lisa straight away if I had any concerns or if I was feeling lost, and she was there to support me, encourage me, give me feedback in a really kind way. That was very important to me.
I think that’s part of what drew me to Lisa in the first place. I knew I needed someone to be there when things got tough and help me through. She was definitely there, got me through those hard phases and saw me out the other side.
I now realise that ‘scary’ is another word for ‘empowering’!
Charlotte’s Final Test
Through the programme I got myself to the right place mentally.
I was looking for jobs in the right places. I was able to talk about what I wanted to do and what I had done in the past in a clear and compelling way – and I don’t mean just my work history and skills either.
I was able to really give people a sense of who I was.
My CV was looking great – we’d reworked it and it was really powerful. That was a gamechanger. I felt good when I sent it in for jobs, like it was giving me the best possible chance of being seen as a whole person, not just ‘I’ve done this course, I’ve done these jobs’.
And then one day I was on LinkedIn looking at an employee well-being company I liked, and I saw they had a job, which they’d posted two days before.
I couldn’t believe my luck.
Through all the missions and exercises I’d completed with Lisa, I knew this was going to be a job I’d enjoy.
The role was a pretty big career shift for me, because I only had a small amount of previous experience in well-being work.
But I was determined, and I was enthusiastic.
There was an element of my being in the right place at the right time, but also the programme had given me all the tools I needed to make a success of that.
And those, along with my new CV, meant that I was then able to apply for that job very confidently.
Charlotte becomes a career change success story (Seizing the Sword):
I got the job!
I remember how excited I was to send Lisa my update. I couldn’t believe I was becoming a career change success story.
The work’s fun. It’s exciting. I feel valued. I feel like I’m working with my friends, making a difference to a cause that’s close to my heart.
In my old job I used to feel as if each day had drained me, but now at the end of the day I feel excited, energised and like I could do more.
I love who I work with too. I’m learning so much – it’s all stuff that I care about, and I want to know more.
Now, my job adds to my life.
Charlotte’s new career normal (The Road Back / Resurrection)
I’m several months into the role now, and it feels like a natural extension of myself.
My career fits into my life so well these days, that it feels like it’s work I should have always been doing! In fact, most of the time it doesn’t really feel like work.
I’m happy to talk about my work now to anyone who’ll listen. I’m really proud of it.
I’ve got so much more energy and confidence. I’m expressing myself more freely and I’m valued for who I am.
And I feel like I’m better able to support my friends and family now. I feel I can offer them useful advice if they’re going through something. That support is coming from a much stronger place.
Charlotte words of wisdom for you (Return with the Elixir):
Life’s too short to do work you don’t enjoy – there’s ALWAYS something you can do about it.
Regardless of how hopeless things feel or how unprepared you might feel to take this leap, know that it’s possible. You are worthy of investing in to make that change.
I never would have thought I was capable of making this leap and having this career change success story! I’ve surprised and shocked myself, and I’m so glad I did.
If you’re thinking about getting some support with a career change of your own, Lisa is an excellent choice.
I don’t know if I would ever have had this journey, to be honest, if I hadn’t found Career Avengers. If I had, it would have been much harder, much less clear, taken much longer, and drained me so much more.
I didn’t know where to start before I started to work with her. The programme gave me the clarity and direction I needed.
Lisa’s approach will lead you to do things that you never thought you could do. It will bring you closer to who you want to be than you’ve ever been before. And she’ll accept you and support you through all the ups and downs.
It might feel scary to take the leap but it will be worth it. It will pay off.
It’s such a worthwhile journey.