Nothing is certain, yet change in careers is inevitable.
Change(s) in careers might be driven on a personal level (personal growth, greater work-life balance, a new career, future proofing and/or re-training, greater fulfilment, more meaning or purpose, or to fulfil a life-long dream), or at a national or global level (COVID-19, environmental, political, economic, legislative, sociological, technological advances), or at an organisational level (a new business strategy, a merger or acquisition, restructuring and redundancies).
For some individuals, change in careers represents opportunity, liberation and limitless possibilities, yet for others it represents uncertainty, confusion and concern.
At Helen Collins Limited we specialise in empathetically coaching human beings, mainly from corporate life, to prepare for and/or navigate change in their careers comfortably, confidently, with clarity and connected to the best version of themselves, in readiness for what lies ahead.
We understand and recognise that the clients we work with think, feel and react to change or changes in their careers differently. However, how a client thinks, feels and reacts to change could be the difference between securing or missing that next significant opportunity. Something they cannot afford to miss, particularly in uncertain times.
We fully empathise with clients who find change hard, offering psychological, emotional and practical coaching to support them, particularly in light of redundancy and notably so in these exceptional times, and we champion clients at the point they are ready to confidently move forwards to fulfil a particular career goal. For most clients we work with this would be to initiate a career change (including foundational preparation, exploring ideas and putting an action plan into place), a job search (including ground work, developing a market ready CV and LinkedIn profile, preparing for the job market or for an interview) or personal and professional development.
Clients not only come to us because they wish to make a significant investment in themselves, their careers, lives and futures, clients also come to us because we provide access to an experienced certified Career Coach and Consultant, Helen Collins, who provides a professional confidential and creative space, a safe haven, for genuine empathetic human to human virtual career coaching and consulting. We value making a difference, helping clients at a human level, to navigate change in their careers comfortably, confidently, with clarity and connected to the best version of themselves, in order to fulfil career goals and aspirations.
Our services are not only an investment for now, they are an investment for many years to come.
We provide a number of virtual (telephone, Skype etc) one to one coaching and consulting Journeys (packages), that help clients at a human level, to navigate change, or changes in their careers comfortably, confidently, with clarity and connected to the best version of themselves, in order to fulfil career goals and aspirations. Click on the titles below to access more information.
Journeys, which vary in length and number of sessions, include:
RESTORE: Coaching to prepare clients mentally, emotionally and physically for change(s) they are experiencing in their careers now and in anticipation of change(s) ahead. This is a great foundation for those who are having difficulty processing change that is happening, have lost confidence, or are concerned by the task ahead. It will help them to get back on their feet in readiness for the journey ahead.
RECONNECT: Consciously reconnecting clients to who they really are, right now, their true selves, their attributes and uniqueness, their preferences and priorities that they have in support of marketing themselves for a new role, or for referring to in light of initiating ideas or making suitable career change choices. This is a fundamental foundation for anyone wishing to initiate a Job Search and/or Career Change.
REINVENT: Explore and plan for a complete career change. This is a creative, fun and exciting adventure.
REFRESH: Tools and guidance in support of clients preparing for the job market and searching for a new or similar job.
These Journeys can be purchased as stand alone Journeys, a more substantial Journey incorporating a combination of packages or in some cases customised.
Personal or professional (leadership) development coaching, or virtual presentations or interactive group webinars may also be available upon request.
Coaching, Consulting and Facilitation
Coaching is an empowering and creative process. Holding the best intentions for the client, coaching provides the client with a confidential, safe, supportive and creative space which invites curiosity, self-reflection and heightened self-awareness of the whole self (mind, body and emotions). Holding the client fully responsible and accountable for their choices, commitments and actions, and as the expert in their own life, coaching is primarily about helping the client to uncover solutions for themselves in service to reaching a goal or goals that they might have.
Coaching tends to mainly focus on the present moment and the future, although at times will need to look back. It is not consulting, giving advice, mentoring, teaching, therapy, counselling or training.
Coaching techniques, such as questioning, listening, challenging limiting beliefs, reflecting back, re-framing, acknowledgements, etc are used to help them to draw insights and solutions out, to help them connect to their authentic self, to their greatness and potential and to help them navigate the changes in their career in service of reaching their goals.
Coaching services we provide may incorporate a mix of Co-Active Coaching, FireworkTM Career Coaching and/or Careershifters Lean Career Change Practitioner coaching approaches.
Consulting provides a framework, guidance and advice to clients primarily experiencing redundancy in order to help them prepare for the job market - psychologically, emotionally and practically. Guidance and advice typically includes help to develop a market ready CV and LinkedIn profile, understanding the job market and how to access job opportunities as well as preparing for an interview. Our services enable clients to feel suitably prepared and equipped in order to navigate the job search journey ahead comfortably and confidently.
A Blend Of Coaching and Consulting
In most instances clients will experience a blend of coaching and consulting approaches in order to meet their needs. However, some journeys will lend themselves more naturally to coaching and others to consulting.
We also provide virtual group facilitation, which might be virtual webinars or presentations covering the topics of career change and job search.
"Taking my hand, metaphorically speaking, Helen led me on a wonderful journey of self-discovery; one which still leaves me absolutely amazed by its indubitable magic. Career coaching with Helen is a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting ride; one you can look back on and simply know it was during this time you gained the deepest insight into what truly motivates and drives you. Another upside to the coaching is that its field of influence extends into every waking moment; not just career concerns. I can honestly say I looked forward to every single session I had with Helen… so much so that they were the absolute highlight of my week.
Using an almost mystical blend of her empathy, uncanny insight, active listening skills, commonsense and hard-earned proficiency, Helen will help you reveal what work and career path will truly make you happy. What Helen has helped me uncover has genuinely surprised me, but I know it is absolutely right for me because it came from within. Taking my first few tentative steps toward a bright new future, one that makes me feel genuinely excited about the new road ahead, I am never going to be able to extend enough gratitude toward Helen for helping me arrive at this juncture… I just wish I had come across her and the Firework coaching she proffers when I was school leaving age.
It is said that people are with us for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. After everything Helen has helped me realise about myself and what I would most like to do with my life, a big part of me hopes that she will be with me for at least a good part of the latter.
Truly an Angel on my shoulder…"