Ella – 23 2020-01-20T09:48:24+00:00

Project Description

Ella Student at Forward

Name: Ella

Age: 23

Service: Career Coaching


Having a quarter life crisis

Ella had been working for five years (she didn’t go to uni) and just suddenly hit a wall – friends, boyfriend, work, all seemed overwhelming; her confidence was crumbling, and she felt she was losing the pedals. The Forward team suggested she take a brief time out, go and volunteer somewhere and as a result give up her social media addiction. She needed to get back to her own thoughts without being influenced by the noise all around her.

Forward has a wide variety of volunteering places they signpost to, and despite it being just after the devastating Cyclone Idai.

Ella chose to go to Imire in Zimbabwe. As she explains herself: “Being at Imire was the most phenomenal experience. The place makes your heart sing. I felt immediately settled, in the company of people who were incredibly welcoming and who truly believe in their amazing conservation efforts. Days are spent exploring the mammals, reptiles and beautiful birds inhabiting the game park, caring for the elephants & rhino, assisting in park management, learning the art of tracking, understanding animal behaviour and anti-poaching skills. From feeding breakfast to the elephants, to scouting injured zebra on horseback, we were able to get up close to these amazing animals and have hands-on involvement in their wellbeing.

The focus is on wildlife and the local community, though no two days are the same, enabling you to get really stuck into a variety of tasks. A day in the park winds down with a refreshing drink atop a mountain while watching the great African sunset.

It was incredibly satisfying to combine ‘time out and a digital detox’ with making a difference.  As the programme continued, I grew confident in a number of skills I wasn’t aware I possessed and also simply felt valued.  The small gifts Imire had asked me to bring of pencils, calculators and other stationery were received with such enthusiasm – I was humbled.

I encourage anyone looking to feel their mind & body refreshed, challenged and their heart warmed, to have some time out, volunteer – and if you can, experience Imire. The Forward coaches were able to examine my situation and help me find the solution that would suit me best, which in this case was a volunteering trip.   I am now fully bouncing back and looking forward to London life again!”

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What can you expect from a career coach? 2020-12-11T14:58:26+00:00

In addition  to knowing what path you want to pursue, the most important things employers are now looking for are the ‘soft skills’ including  confidence and motivation, resilience and emotional intelligence – things our current education system does not cover.

A career coach will help you define  your career direction, ensure you have the tools to make the best applications, shine at interviews and build your key soft skills too.

How much does it cost? 2021-01-13T08:57:38+00:00

All our programmes are designed around your personal needs, your goals and the challenges you wish to overcome. We match your requirements to the expert member(s) of our team to get you the right support – whether it is career direction, confidence building, personal branding or interview preparation – and work around your diary.

Each session is typically between one and two hours, but the length depends on the nature and range of the discussion. Sessions are supported with email and texts and homework is often given to make maximum progress.

An initial one to one coaching session, lasting 90-120 minutes, starts at £300. Subsequent sessions cost from £195. In most cases our clients invest between £300 – £700 in a coaching programme tailored to their specific needs.

Why Forward? 2022-09-13T15:09:22+00:00
  1. We have an outstanding track record of delivering results
  2. We are experts on the challenges and opportunities experienced by 18-30-year olds
  3. We’re great value for money
  4. We have coaches to suit every individual.
  5. We use proven world-class tools to help you achieve your goals
  6. Our extensive networks help you explore career paths and get to talk to professionals in their fields so you can learn about what working in different sectors and industries really looks like
Working with Forward helps others! 2020-12-11T14:58:39+00:00

When you invest in your future with Forward you’re also making great things happen in the world.  Forward is a member of B1G1—Business for Good

What are the different types of coaching styles 2022-09-13T15:13:31+00:00

The style will depend on what you the client want to achieve and your preferred style.  Some people like a challenging and stretching style; others a more supportive and encouraging style.  The free consultation with Catherine our Director of Client Relations will help you choose which coach is right for you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

What are the benefits of career coaching? 2022-09-07T15:44:03+00:00

A career coach helps you identify, set and achieve your goals.  We all achieve so much more if we are very clear about where we want to get to, but so often job searching can simply be a ‘scatter gun’ of applications.

A career coach helps you clarify your strengths, motivations, interests and skills and identify a career path(s) (which sectors, activities,) that suit you; highlight any skills you might need to develop (e.g. interviewing, networking) and works with you to develop the tools you need (e.g. CV writing) to secure a great job.

What are the benefits of working with Forward? 2020-12-11T14:58:57+00:00

Our Forward coaches help you find a clear path to the life you want most.

We help you increase your self-awareness – of your strengths so you can maximise them and your weaknesses so you can address them.  Self-awareness is one of the most sought-after skills of today’s employers.

Our Forward coaches help you build confidence and support you to develop key skills.

Your Forward coach is your trusted partner who helps expand your thinking and gain perspective and clarity about your objectives.  Your coach is non-judgemental and has no agenda other than to help you be the best you can be.

Elite athletes, singers and top executives all have coaches to help them achieve and maintain their peak performance.  Isn’t it time you had one too?

Why 18-35? 2022-09-13T15:11:50+00:00

18-35 is a guideline. We do work with younger people still in education perhaps struggling with exam pressures, general anxiety, and other challenges and we do work with people older than 35. However, we have found that people mid-30s + have different challenges, best served by our sister company Rutbusters www.rutbusters.org

Do I need a career coach? 2022-09-07T15:44:09+00:00

Yes, you would certainly benefit from career coaching if you don’t know what you want to do, which  path would suit you and how you can find it. Having a career coach is the best investment you can make.

If however you know exactly what you want and how to find it, then you don’t need a career coach.

However, if there are other areas in your life that are not exactly how you’d like them e.g. money/finance, work/life balance; family/friends; health/wellbeing, then a Forward life coach can help.

What is the difference between a life and a career coach? 2020-12-11T14:58:30+00:00

A life coach works with you to look at all aspects of your life; this can include career; romance; money; health/wellbeing and you chose which element (or more than one) you’d like to focus on and improve.

Coaching is very much goal focused (rather than therapy which is often addressing past traumas and other issues) so you can achieve your individual potential.

A coach helps you achieve the best you.

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